COVID-19's IMPACT
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New online dashboard offers look at how pandemic is impacting Jeffco

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Jeffco residents can now get a clearer and more precise picture of how and where the pandemic is impacting the county by accessing a redesigned online dashboard. The …
Jamie Sorrells
LIVING AND AGING WELL

Watch out for fraud connected to legitimate COVID-19 fears

Over the past several months, our country and others around the world have pulled inward, slowed down, and taken a more conservative pace amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Yet, scammers are …
A sign on the doors of every Mines campus building provides a reminder of steps to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mines planning on in-person classes in the fall but campus will be different

Classes will be held at Colorado School of Mines campus in the fall — but life on campus will still look plenty different. In a message sent to students and faculty on June 22, School of Mines …
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 …
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 addresses attendees of a bill-signing ceremony in Englewood on July 10.
Polis urges 'summer without parties' as COVID-19 climbs in Colorado
On the heels of more data showing COVID-19 on the rise in his state, Gov. Jared Polis still scraped up a hopeful if worried tone in … Read More
Tri-County Health Department's headquarters in Greenwood Village.
Tri-County Health chief: Douglas County bid to pull out of agency is 'extraordinarily disruptive'
Douglas County's decision to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department is "extraordinarily disruptive to … Read More
A screenshot from the virtual town hall held by Tri-County Health Department and its counties shows Executive Director John Douglas participating by Skype from his home.
Tri-County Health Department closes offices following threat
“I think it's deeply—and I want to underscore deeply—disappointing, in the time of a pandemic, the divisiveness in this … Read More
Douglas County plans to withdraw from Tri-County Health Department
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has announced the county plans to begin the process of withdrawing from the Tri-County … Read More
An opponent of recent racing events at Bandimere Speedway protests outside the Jefferson County Building on March 8.
Judge allowing Bandimere to continue operating for now, but COVID-19-related restraining order to remain in place
After a full day of testimony, a Jeffco judge did not rule Wednesday on whether she will grant a preliminary injunction that would … 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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