Polis Blasts Trump For Lying After The Administration Fails To Send A Promised 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Colorado

Ryan Warner: This is Colorado Matters from CPR News and KRCC. I'm Ryan Warner. The economy and vaccine distribution would get a shot in the arm under a plan President-elect Joe Biden laid out Thursday. Once in office, he'll ask Congress for a $1.9 trillion economic package, including stimulus checks and housing support. And Biden plans to reassert the federal government's role in getting Americans immunized. President-Elect Joe Joe Biden: The vaccine roll out in the United States has been a dis

Colorado National Guard Troops Will Help Secure Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day

Gov. Jared Polis is sending more than 200 Colorado National Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol next week for the inauguration of Joe Biden. "I sure hope it's just a visibility thing. I hope that people will see the police department, the police resources there from several different police departments and that will be a deterrent to the kinds of actions that we were all devastated to see occur in our nation's Capitol last week," Polis told Colorado Matters. Up to 21,000 National Guard troops fro

Colorado COVID Vaccine Guide: How To Find Info Relevant To You

Last updated on Jan. 8 at 3:30 p.m. This page will be updated every day as we learn more information. What are the different vaccine phases in Colorado? As of Dec. 30, Colorado’s vaccine distribution plan is broken down into four sections: Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 2 and Phase 3. • Frontline health care workers that have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities (vaccinated by the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership fo

When Will Coloradans Over 70 Get Coronavirus Vaccinations? Here’s What We Do (And Don’t) Know

Local health officials were surprised by Polis' announcement to expand the vaccine's early pool of eligibility. He indicated during a Dec. 30 news conference that eligible Coloradans should contact their local health department and their doctors, which resulted in a flood of phone calls to offices that don’t yet have answers. People want answers, but they’re also just excited to get the vaccine as soon as they can. “My sister who is 76 and lives down the road texted me and said 'woohoo' we can

Older Coloradans Are Making New Holiday Traditions As Coronavirus Keeps Them Isolated

Denise Wood lives alone in Denver, and that's how she’s spending Christmas this year — alone. “I am trying to make it as festive as possible, and I am trying not to dwell on how bad I feel about being here alone,” she said. Her only daughter lives in California. They decided not to travel to see each other because of COVID-19. Wood moved all of her usual Christmas celebrations online to lower her risk of getting sick. “My daughter and I had set up a cookie exchange across the miles,” she said

Frontline Health Workers Are First Up For Vaccines. But Medical Residents Say They’ve Fallen Through The Cracks

Since the beginning of the pandemic, medical residents at the CU School of Medicine have been working with COVID-19 patients. As the hospitals they work at started to get Pfizer vaccines for frontline health care workers this month, residents were excited and relieved. But, in the first week of vaccine distribution they said they were treated as less of a priority than other medical professionals working with COVID-19 patients. “It really felt like a willful disregard for our health and wellbei

UCHealth Employees Announce Plans To Unionize

A group of UCHealth employees announced an attempt to start a union after the pandemic laid bare hospital practices that they say prioritize money over employees and patients alike. UCHealth is a not-for-profit company, and its employees are considered a type of public employee, which means they can't hold an election to unionize like other private businesses. UCHealth Workers United (UCHWU) is part of the Communications Workers of America Local 7799, a chapter that started in Colorado earlier

Free Wi-Fi Zones Opening Along Front Range For Remote Learning

When school went online because of the coronavirus pandemic, many children had little or no access to reliable internet for school. By the end of this year, Comcast along with local leaders will install Wi-Fi in more than 20 locations. The Wi-Fi areas, called Lift Zones, will be in places like parks and recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other nonprofit and community centers. Thousands of low-income students will be able to get online, attend classes and do their homework.

If Coloradans Can’t Control The Spread Of Coronavirus, Thousands More Could Die By The New Year

At the current level of transmission control plus a spike from Thanksgiving, Colorado could see an additional 2,600 deaths from the virus by New Years, according to state modeling. That’s not the worst-case scenario. “Given the fact that we've experienced rising cases and hospitalizations, there's no doubt that the numbers of deaths will rise,” said Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health in a remote update. “I hope that our numbers are overestimates, but I think we're

Colorado Could Get More Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Than Predicted, Dr. Fauci Says

This month 20 million Americans will be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the first people on that list are health care workers. “As we get into January, February and March, and we get more and more of the priority groups, we will, soon as we get into April, have vaccines for the general population for the 20 and 30-year-old healthy man or woman who wants to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Once we get there, we can

Colorado Patients Can Now Get Preventative HIV Medications From Pharmacists

On Saturday, a new statewide protocol will be officially enacted making Colorado one of the first states to allow pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP, preventative HIV medications. PReP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is more than 90 percent effective in preventing an HIV infection, and PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis, can reduce the risk of getting HIV after exposure by more than 80 percent — and yet the drugs are underused. “It's pretty well known that these drugs just aren't being used as mu

Colorado Voters Reject Prohibition On Abortions After 22 Weeks

Proposition 115, which would have banned abortion after 22 weeks of gestation, has failed, according to the Associated Press. According to the ballots counted by 9:45 p.m., 59.4 percent of Colorado voters rejected the measure. "I'm feeling incredibly relieved," said Kristina Tocce, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. "Relieved for patients and incredibly proud of Colorado for seeing Proposition 115 for what it was: a cruel one-size-fits-all ban on a

10% Of Coloradans Are Already Using The COVID-19 Tracking App. Will It Help?

More than 10 percent of Coloradans have downloaded or enabled the Exposure Notification System since it was launched over the weekend as cases of coronavirus in the state reached a record high. The mobile service was developed by teams at Google and Apple. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment worked with local public health jurisdictions across the state to coordinate the rollout. A study from the University of Oxford modeled the app's effectiveness by using three counties

Voters Disagree On How The Pandemic Was Handled, But They Agree That The Election Is An Opportunity For Change

The 2020 presidential election is less than a week away, and the coronavirus pandemic is ramping up again in Colorado. How to handle stay-at-home and mask orders, the economy, and testing and hospital supplies are just a few of the questions voters have for the presidential and Senate candidates before Election Day. Hundreds of voters filled out Colorado Public Radio’s voter survey this year, and a number of those who responded said the pandemic is one of their top issues this election. CPR New

Several Counties Move To Tighter Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Five counties, including Adams, Denver and Arapahoe, with high rates of positive tests, case counts and hospitalizations are enacting tighter restrictions to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, as COVID-19 cases rise across the state. On Sunday, cases hit a record high with more than 2,100 reported. As of Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 7-day average rate on new cases was 1,377 cases and the rate of positive tests was 7.69 percent. More than 1,400 new cases were reported by the state, with 538 people h

New Health Order Limits Personal Gatherings To 10 People From No More Than 2 Households In Most Counties

Personal gatherings are now limited to 10 people from no more than two households in all counties at all three "Safer at Home" levels. The amendment to the health order primarily impacts the 29 counties under Level 1 "Safer at Home" restrictions — including Larimer, Arapahoe and Douglas counties — where gatherings had been allowed to be up to 25 people. Personal gatherings in the 30 Colorado counties under Level 2 and Level 3 restrictions were already limited to 10 people. Coronavirus cases a

Rising Coronavirus Cases Put Colorado Counties At Risk for Tighter Restrictions

As cases of COVID-19 and rates of positive tests increase across the state, counties face tighter restrictions to control the spread. In the last two weeks, Jefferson County has seen 174 cases per 100,000 residents, which is one case less than is permitted by the state to maintain the county’s current Level 2 restriction status. Jeffco, like other counties, has warned they could move to more restrictions. Denver did so Friday and now requires mask-wearing in all outdoor settings and limited gr

A Warning, But No New Statewide Restrictions, From Polis As Colorado Coronavirus Cases And Hospitalizations Rise

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Colorado. The positivity rate, the percent of tests performed that come back positive, averaged over three days, is at 5.4 percent, which could prompt the state to reenact stay-at-home orders. Gov. Jared Polis warned at a press conference Tuesday that the case counts, which lag behind hospitalizations, could mean that hospitalizations spike in the coming weeks. “This is a major risk for our health and our economy if it continues this way, and whether it contin

The Rate Of Uninsured Children Is Creeping Up Across Colorado And The US, And Hispanic Kids Are Even Less Likely To Be Insured

In 2019, there were about 58,000 kids in Colorado who were uninsured. That’s nearly the population of Grand Junction. Rewind to 2015 and a historic low of 2.5 percent, or an estimated 33,000 children in Colorado, were uninsured, according to data compiled by the Colorado Health Institute. In 2016, the nation also hit a record low of uninsured kids at 4.7 percent. But the rate has been steadily increasing. The increase isn’t the only concern. Data also reveals that Hispanic kids have been dispr
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