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How first responder agencies are adjusting to the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, area first responder agencies are changing protocols and learning to cope with the new normal. Here's how some local sheriff's offices and fire departments are …
Gov. Jared Polis wears a Colorado-themed mask. The governor on April 3 announced guidance that Coloradans should wear cloth masks or scarves when they leave home for essential activities such as grocery shopping. But medical masks should be reserved for workers who need them, Polis said.

Polis urges Coloradans to wear cloth masks in public

Gov. Jared Polis wants Colorado “converting to a mask culture.” That's how the governor put it during a news conference where he urged Coloradans to wear face coverings any time they go out of …
Douglas County School District IT Technician Lars Stjernquist cleans chromebooks at South Ridge Elementary School in March before students pick them up as the district transitions to remote learning.

Denver metro area school districts close for the school year

As Colorado braces for the COVID-19 peak to hit, 14 Denver metro area school districts jointly announced they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. …

COVID-19 testing not widely available to younger, healthy Coloradans

Nearly a month into the spread of COVID-19 through Colorado, testing for the illness is prioritized for health-care workers, hospitalized patients, and a long list of other vulnerable groups. At the …
Bobbie Jo Dodson and her fiance, Trent Stein, were forced to reschedule their March 28 wedding because of COVID-19 closures.

Wedding bells falling silent as COVID-19 disrupts plans, industry

Bobbie Jo Dodson waited to reschedule her wedding, clinging to hope she and her fiancé could enjoy some semblance of the event they spent a year planning, until the choice to reschedule was no …

More than 1,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Tri-County's jurisdiction

As of April 3, Tri-County Health Department's combined jurisdiction had 1,042 reported cases of COVID-19. Arapahoe County accounted for 501 cases, followed by Adams County with 285 and Douglas County …
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
In-person learning will not resume this school year in Jeffco
After previously suspending in-person learning through April 30, Jeffco Public Schools sent out an April 3 letter announcing that … Read More
Horan & McConaty, which has seven funeral homes in the Denver metro area, is allowing clients who have a private memorial during the COVID-19 crisis to have a free public memorial once the state's prohibition on large gatherings is lifted.
With gatherings prohibited, two options for funeral services: livestream or postpone
While losing a loved one at any time is difficult, planning a funeral has been made even more complicated as the COVID-19 pandemic … Read More
Sarah Kinney passes out meals at East Elementary School in Littleton on March 23. With schools closed because of COVID-19, Littleton Public Schools plans to keep distributing free breakfasts and lunches to all kids under 18 for the foreseeable future.
Colorado extends statewide school closure through April 30
Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide school closure through April 30, lining up with federal social distancing guidelines … Read More
Secretary of state sets up remote notary process
Following an executive order, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office has set up a process that will allow access to notary services … Read More
Colorado stay-at-home order likely to extend past April 11
Colorado's steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be paying off, but the statewide stay-at-home order will likely be … 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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