Colorado coronavirus

Following confusion and frustration this week over the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to seniors in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis held a news conference Wednesday to talk about how residents ages 70 and up can try to gain access.

Polis said hospitals are launching new online portals for seniors to get the vaccine, but supplies are limited and many providers are randomly sending out invites.

Polis also defended his decision to announce the start of vaccinations for this age group last week before many health care providers were ready to offer it.

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As the growth rate in positive COVID-19 cases in eastern Colorado counties located in the High Plains Public Radio listening area remains relatively flat, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases two eastern Colorado counties are being traced primarily to two correctional facilities.

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Public health officials closed a restaurant in Castle Rock, Colo., on Monday, one day after its owner hosted a Mother's Day event in which the entire dining room was open to seat customers — most of whom weren't wearing face masks.

When Scott Severs learned about the federal stimulus checks, he was excited at first.

Then he wondered whether he truly needed the help.

Severs works as a natural resources technician for Longmont, Colo., and his wife Julie Bartlett is a federal contractor.

The city, his employer, is expecting a major drop in revenue this year because of the anticipated drop in taxes from income, payroll and sales. Still, for now, both he and his wife have jobs and their paychecks have been coming in.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called the coronavirus situation “a marathon – not a sprint," in a press conference in which he also announced that the Stay-at-Home order will not be extended. 

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Polis said sustainable distancing measures are going to continue to be needed in order to open up the state, as the state makes its move from the Stay-at-Home order to a Safer at Home phase (pictured above) in the coming week.

As Weld County, Colorado becomes one of Colorado’s COVID-19 hotspots, with over 1,000 cases being reported as of Sunday, several other eastern Colorado counties are, for the most part, remaining steady. But it is unclear whether that is due to a lack of testing or if it is due to social distancing.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Morgan County, which borders Weld County, reported 157 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday.

The coronavirus crisis could be igniting a revolution of sorts in the legal cannabis industry.

Thirty-three states across the U.S. allow for some form of sale and consumption of marijuana. And of those, more than 20 states have designated the cannabis industry as essential during the coronavirus outbreak.

While advocates are applauding many of the interim marijuana laws, they also say those laws exposes dangerous disparities among states.

Frustration with stay-at-home orders is mounting in many parts of the country. In Colorado, protesters gathered Sunday afternoon on a hillside in front of the state capitol in Denver.

"I'm watching businesses close. I'm watching friends lose their incomes," protester Deesa Hurt told Colorado Public Radio. "We just want to reopen Colorado. That's all we want."

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The governors of Kansas and Colorado have begun looking at ways to plan regionally for handling the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Finney County will be expanding its testing capabilities next week with a drive-through testing site.

During their respective press briefings Wednesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis each said they had conversations with one another about coordinating efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Colorado’s stay-at-home order was extended  for several more weeks on Monday -- that among several others extended by Gov. Jared Polis. That as a few more confirmed cases of the coronavirus are being reported in the state’s eastern plains.

Casos adicionales están reportados en el este de Colorado

Apr 2, 2020

Hasta el miércoles, hay 10 casos confirmados de COVID 19 en los condados del área de escuchar High Plains Public Radio, incluye: Phillips (1), Yuma (2), Kit Carson (4) y Baca (3). 

Otros condados en el parte de las llanuras del este están notando un aumento de casos también. El condado de Logan, en el noroeste de Colorado, están reportando seis casos, un aumento de tres hasta el 28 de marzo. Los casos del condado Morgan aumentó por uno durante ese tiempo, y reportó 5 al partir de miércoles.

Additional COVID-19 cases are being reported in eastern Colorado.

Baca County, Colorado, along with several other Colorado counties, are reporting their first cases of COVID-19.  As of Friday, eastern Colorado counties reporting COVID-19 cases, and their respective number of cases, are as follows: Baca (1), Logan (3), Morgan (4), Washington (1), Yuma (2), Lincoln (1), Kit Carson (2), Crowley (1), Otero (2).

Coloradans Under Stay At Home Order Effective Thursday

Mar 25, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday issued a statewide Stay at Home Order in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Polis announced during a press conference that starting Thursday, all Coloradans are required to stay at home through April 11.


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday provided guidance to grocery stores on limiting and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

According to a press release from the governor’s office,  Polis sent a letter to the Presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday provided guidance to law enforcement and detention centers on limiting and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

According to a press release from Polis’ office issued Wednesday, Polis issued the following guidelines to law enforcement:

Colorado health officials issued a public health order effective today, implementing a 50 percent reduction in non-essential in-person work and to increase social distancing.

According to a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), this public health order increases social distancing and identifies critical workplaces that are exempt to make sure Colorado can provide goods and services to its residents during the COVID-19 response.

Colorado Limits Gatherings To 10 Or Fewer

Mar 23, 2020

Colorado on Monday reported 720 cases of COVID-19, with 72 hospitalizations, in 31 counties with seven deaths.

In response to the rapid growth in cases, Colorado health officials amended the state’s social distancing public health order Saturday.

UPDATED March 22, 2020

Colorado health officials are urging Coloradans and visitors to Colorado to self-isolate to help stem the spread of coronavirus in the state.

As of Thursday, Colorado had reported 277 COVID-19 cases, with 38 hospitalizations and two deaths.