Boulder County Issues Ban On Gatherings For College-Aged People To Help Stop Coronavirus Spread Linked To CU

Boulder County Public Health issued an order Thursday that prohibits gatherings of people ages 18 to 22 and puts in place a stay-at-home mandate for anyone living at 36 properties near the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The measures come as CU is now home to the state’s largest COVID-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. "We know that this age group is generating the majority of the challenges right now,

Colorado Questions About Flu Season And Coronavirus, Answered

This year, the possibility of a flu and COVID-19 outbreak in the fall worries health care professionals because of the stress it could place on hospitals. “If you get sick and you're the one that needs an ICU bed, we want to make sure that you've got one,” said Emily Cheshire, doctor of nursing practice at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus. In the 2017-2018 flu season, 61,000 people died from the flu and more than 810,000 people ended up in the hospital,

How Colorado Ski Resorts Are Preparing For A Winter Season During Coronavirus

Resort operators across Colorado are rolling out their plans for ski season in the age of social distancing. One thing seems clear: Those plans are subject to change. “What we’re planning is not going to be what’s going to happen — at least at some level,” Rusty Gregory, the CEO of Alterra, said in an interview. Alterra is the Ikon pass operator and owns the resorts at Steamboat Springs and Winter Park. “This is such a dynamic circumstance that everybody is struggling with,” Gregory said. Wi

Colorado ‘COVID Long Haulers’ Suffer Coronavirus Symptoms Weeks, Or Even Months, Later

In the early hours of an April morning, at her home in Erie, Malea Anderson woke up with what felt like an explosion of ice water up her spine and into her head. She had a massive headache and tried to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, but her limbs wouldn’t cooperate. She feared she was having a stroke. Her partner, Randy, took her to the emergency room. The doctor suspected she had COVID-19, but she couldn’t get a test. At the hospital, the 53-year-old had a brain scan that came back norm

Colorado Is Still Really, Really Dry

Two weeks ago, nearly all of Colorado was in a drought. This week, it's even worse. Just over 85 percent of the state is experiencing moderate to extreme drought, and the remaining 15 percent is abnormally dry, often a precursor to drought. Experts rate drought on an intensity scale from D0, abnormally dry, and considered a precursor or aftereffect of drought, to D4, exceptional drought, which means an area is experiencing exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses, fire risk, and water

Colorado’s Already Low Vaccination Rate Dropped Dramatically During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Last year, Colorado had the lowest vaccination rate for kindergarten-aged children in country. Just under 89 percent received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. This year, from March to July, the rate of vaccines administered each week dropped 19 percent, although the overall vaccination rate ticked up to 91 percent. "These declines that we've observed in vaccination rates do put us at risk for another public health crisis, potentially above and beyond the COVID crisis," said Dr. Rachel He

These 3 Colorado Women Experienced The Changing Worry And Unknowns Of Birth During The Coronavirus

They moved her to the operating room for an emergency cesarean section. For three days, her mom had been with her, and now she had to leave. “I was upset and crying about that. And so now my only support that I had was gone,” she said. “But I just remember the doctor talking to me and like, OK, you just need to keep breathing. And then you're going to fall asleep. When I woke up, that’s when it really hit me, like I didn't get to see the delivery. My husband wasn't there for the delivery.” Fro

Coronavirus-Linked Disease In Children Causes Two Colorado Deaths

Two deaths in Colorado have been attributed to a disorder that's been linked to COVID-19 and that primarily affects children. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment confirmed the deaths and seven cases of the disorder, known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C, in the state. The department declined to release any demographic information about the cases to protect family privacy. Most cases of MIS-C are in children between ages 1 and 14. The average a

What It’s Like On Colorado’s Coronavirus Front Lines

CPR News continues to speak with experts, doctors, researchers and people who’ve recovered. We want to bring you the stories of people who are caring for COVID-19 patients in their own words. Why do they do what they do? What do they remember about seeing their first coronavirus patient? And...what do they hope we take away from this pandemic. Here’s what seven medical professionals had to say. There’s a song that plays over the public address speakers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Jun

Denver Doctor Starts A Portrait Series To Honor Black And Women f Color Physicians

After weeks of working nonstop, Dr. Sarah Rowan had a day off and an idea. “I was just taking a day off and looking at the New Yorker magazines that I had mounted up on my counter, and there were a couple of beautiful covers of health care workers,” she said. “I was also thinking about some images in Denver — murals that are also health care workers that are just fantastic pieces of artwork, but I was noticing a pattern that women of color were not depicted as health care workers.” So she reac

Coronavirus Antibody Tests Deliver Peace Of Mind. They Doesn’t Say Anything About Immunity

In late April, researchers tested the accuracy of 14 antibody tests and found that most did not deliver as advertised. Until that point, the Food and Drug Administration had not been evaluating the tests for accuracy. It then stepped in and required companies to prove their accuracy or the tests faced removal from the market. “Over the course of the last weeks, the difference has been the FDA getting involved and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] issuing guidance on the use of an

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Results From A Coronavirus Test

It was day two of the Denver protests that followed in the national outcry over the death of George Floyd. It was the first time I had any meaningful face-to-face interaction with people who weren’t my family since March. I wore a face mask to report on the scene, used a lot of hand sanitizer and tried to keep a safe distance. As you can imagine, interviewing protesters with masks and lots of noise isn't easy from 6-feet away. Inevitably, I had to get closer. I later had doubts. Had I gotten t

Nearly 1,000 Coronavirus Patients Have Been Treated With Plasma, With The Help Of This Statewide Collaboration

Chris Ciarallo paced his small hospital room while watching the news. He talked to his doctors over the phone, and only saw other people three times a day when they brought his food and medicine. He tested positive for COVID-19 a week earlier on April 20. Before his diagnosis, Ciarallo was intubating COVID-19 patients at Denver Health where he’s the director of pediatric anesthesiology and staff anesthesiologist. He suspects he caught the virus while at work. “The first week was at home fevers

Coronavirus Is Stressing Pregnant Women And New Mothers Out. These Researchers Are Trying to Understand How to Help

Rebecca Green of Denver gave birth to her second daughter in early February before COVID-19 swept through Colorado. Six weeks later, she had her first postnatal appointment. But it was a virtual visit with her physician, rather than an in-person one. “It became very, very clear that all of these women who were due after me are now the primary focus because they're trying to keep everybody healthy, which of course makes sense,” Green said. “But there was a little bit of a lapse in that postpart
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