COVID-19's IMPACT
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'Protect our neighbors': Colorado unveils 3rd phase of social distancing

Life in Colorado will take a big leap toward normalcy when new state rules go into effect to allow bars, theaters, and indoor and outdoor concerts to open again as early as this week. Large event …
Shoppers inside the reopened Alter'd State store at Park Meadows mall on May 24, 2020.

Arapahoe County may push to loosen rules on malls, restaurants, movie theaters

Like numerous other counties across Colorado, Arapahoe County may apply to tweak the state's pandemic-fueled restrictions on businesses, a county public health official announced during a June 4 …
Sara Gallegos, a nurse at Villa Manor Care Center in Lakewood, is in critical condition due to COVID-19. Her family and friends raised over $10,000 through GoFundMe to help support her husband and children.

Thousands raised for Lakewood nurse’s family

Since they met each other in a Denver neighborhood over 30 years ago, Tara Reichle and Sara Gallegos have been best friends. Gallegos would do generous things for Rehicle like throw her baby showers, …
Barry Kittay, right, spent about 20 days in the hospital fighting COVID-19. He lost 55 pounds and his ability to walk while in the hospital. At left is his wife, Doe.

‘I was really sick and close to death’

The last thing Barry Kittay remembers before it all goes black for about 10 days is pulling out his health insurance card at UCHealth Highlands Ranch. “Frankly, I’m not unhappy that I don’t …
CCM coverage of coronavirus

These are unprecedented times.

The health threat of COVID-19 — and the social, educational and economic disruptions caused in its wake — are severe and complex.

Colorado Community Media publishes 20 community newspapers in the Denver metro area in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. Our mission has always been to build community through trustworthy, quality journalism that tells the local stories no one else will. We care deeply about the communities we report about every week. And in these difficult times, we pledge to not only continue chronicling the information you need to know about COVID-19, but also the stories that tell how the virus is affecting the families, businesses and institutions of each community and what we are all doing to cope and help each other out.

We cannot do it alone though.

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you. Share with us the kinds of stories you’d like to see from your local news. Tell us about the challenges you’re facing — and the kindnesses you’ve encountered that help connect communities and prop us up during difficult times. Email us a  newsdesk@coloradocommunitymedia.com  or check out this website's contact page to find your neighborhood's specific reporter.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses named for the microscopic view of crownlike spikes on their surfaces, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), which have seen outbreaks in the past, according to the CDC. COVID-19 — standing for “coronavirus disease 2019” — first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most people develop only mild symptoms, according to Denver Public Health. But according to the CDC, some — usually those with severe underlying health conditions or older adults — develop more serious symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Technically, COVID-19 is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2.

PANDEMIC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE METRO AREA
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in a May 15, 2020, appearance.
Colorado closes bars, nightclubs after young crowds spread virus
Just 12 days after Colorado allowed bars and nightclubs to open statewide, a concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases fueled by young … Read More
A temporarily closed sign on the door of the UA Colorado Mills movie theater. Jefferson County is submitting a request for a variance from the state that would allow its movie theaters to reopen at reduced capacity.
Jeffco to seek second variance that would increase gathering limits
As Jefferson County’s COVID-19 case numbers continue to go down, the county commissioners have instructed county staff to seek a new … Read More
A Jeffco Public Schools bus. After a series of plan revisions, it looks like Jefferson County students may be physically heading back to their schools a lot more frequently than initially thought.
Jeffco announces elementary students can return full-time next school year
In a June 18 letter to staff members, Jeffco Public Schools announced that all elementary students will have the option to return for … Read More
Jeffco Schools budget crisis pushed off to next year
Jeffco Public Schools is no longer expecting the tens of millions in budget cuts it was bracing itself for in 2020-2021, instead … Read More
COVID-19 RESOURCES

Trusted web resources

The State of Colorado's official COVID-19 information site 

This site includes the latest statewide news, including the most up-to-date infection and death figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,  the latest statements from the Governor, as well as  web links and phone numbers for state services. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes basic information about the disease, and  a link to individual state health department sites.

World Health Organization 

The WHO's rolling update page, giving the latest news about the global pandemic situation.

Distance learning resources for parents

The good news for stressed parents is that there are more online resources to help parents keep children learning and intellectually engaged. The link above lists several resources, but you can also check out the back catalogue of CCM's longtime education columnist too, Esther Macalady, for a wealth of home-based activity ideas

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