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Colorado has half a billion dollars to fix its mental health system. But it won’t work without workers.

In the spring of 2020, the community mental health center that serves Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties had a completely manageable number of job openings — 11 therapists, counselors and other clinicians.  But as the coronavirus pandemic gripped Colorado, the vacancies started to climb, first into the teens and then the 30s and then […]

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Colorado’s final coronavirus vaccine preparations include practicing for high-stakes delivery road trips

At 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday, a plain cardboard box about the size of a large suitcase was placed on a dolly and wheeled out of a building near the busy runways at Denver International Airport.  The precious cargo inside represented — hopefully — the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic: vials of a […]

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As hospitals brace for critical coronavirus patients, Colorado still doesn’t know how many ventilators are in the state

Two weeks after Colorado’s first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed, the state still doesn’t have a count on the number of ventilators at its hospitals. And, as hospitals are beginning to see an influx of patients believed sickened by the virus, they are also racing to figure out which rooms can be converted […]