COVID-19's IMPACT
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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
Governor Jared Polis makes a point Aug. 10 while Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry looks on. Polis opened two new free fast-track COVID-19 testing sites Aug. 10, one at the Aurora Sports Complex and a second at Water World in Federal Heights.

Where to get a free COVID-19 test

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic's detected spread through Colorado — and with Denver metro-area counties seeing cases rise to levels that may trigger local stay-at-home orders — the need …
Andrea Doray

A digital testament to those we’ve lost

“On one of our walks during quarantine, my mom and I talked about how sad it was that people were dying and their loved ones couldn’t memorialize them or celebrate their lives. We decided we …
Tri-County Health Department is based in Greenwood Village. The health department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Claim that only '6%' of COVID-19 deaths are due to virus misinterprets data

The notion widely shared on social media that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the U.S. COVID-19 death count by 94% — from nearly 154,000 down to just over 9,000 — …
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 at  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
Douglas County School District sues county health department over masks
The Douglas County School District and families of students at high risk of COVID-19 are suing the local health department over a … Read More
The ambulance entrance to the Chest Pain Center at Rose Medical Center in Denver, a HealthONE hospital, on Jan. 11, 2020.
Colorado's hospitals have bent, but not broken, during new COVID surge
Nearly 19 months in, these are some of the toughest days for Colorado hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as the latest … Read More
First-graders are seen on their second day of school on Aug. 12 at Second Creek Elementary School in Commerce City.
Mask rules drive parents’ demand for doctor notes
Colorado parents are seeking an end-run around mask requirements at their children’s schools: Doctor’s notes exempting them for … Read More
From left, Commissioners Abe Laydon, Lora Thomas and George Teal stand on a stage at a Sandstone Ranch "Together We Stand" event June 26.
Douglas County commissioners vote to create a health department amid Tri-County rift
In a major step in Douglas County's separation from the agency that has safeguarded its residents' health for 55 years, county … Read More
Tri-County Health Department's headquarters in Greenwood Village.
Tri-County Health mandates masks for all students, removes ability for counties to opt out
Undoing decisions by Douglas and Adams counties to opt out of a requirement for masks in schools, the Tri-County Health Department … 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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