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Montezuma County reports first death from COVID-19

The Montezuma County Public Health Department announced Thursday morning that the county has confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19, one of which has resulted in a death. The two new cases...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 12 hours 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

How to recreate responsibly outside during a disease pandemic

It’s more than understandable: You’ve been cooped up for weeks at home, the weather is getting nicer and you want to start getting out on your favorite trails around Southwest Colorado. Recreating...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

EPA relaxes pollution reporting requirements during COVID-19 response

The Environmental Protection Agency notified chemical plants, power companies and other facilities last week that they do not have to meet the legal requirements for reporting air and water...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Polis extends order closing schools, will address stay-at-home extension

CENTENNIAL – Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday said all Colorado schools will be closed to in-person learning until at least April 30, extending an earlier order by about a week. The initial order,...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 16 hours 34 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Going to the store? Cover your face, health department says

San Juan Basin Public Health on Wednesday recommended residents begin covering their nose and mouth with a bandanna or homemade cotton covering when leaving the home for essential travel, such as...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman shares her story of surviving coronavirus

As Sarah Sumner awaited results for her coronavirus test, she spent 12 long days in self-isolation, trying to keep both her physical and mental health strong. “I just felt terrible,” Sumner said....

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado doesn’t have enough ventilators, so medical professionals get creative

The limited supply of ventilators is one of the main concerns hospitals face as they gear up for what is expected to be an onslaught of COVID-19 cases in April. To prepare, medical professionals in...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

City of Durango says government employee tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member for the city of Durango has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first known case involving a local government employee. The staff member, whose identity was not released...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center announces interim CEO

Mercy Regional Medical Center’s new interim CEO will start next week, as the region grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospital announced Mike Murphy would temporarily replace the outgoing...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

How many COVID-19 tests have been done in La Plata County? Local health officials don’t know

One question health officials in La Plata County keep hearing from the public is: How many tests for coronavirus have been conducted in the community? But arriving at the answer isn’t so simple. “I...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation issues curfew as virus spreads

FARMINGTON – The Navajo Nation implemented a curfew this week as the number of COVID-19 cases jumped, with seven deaths reported as of Thursday. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 21 hours 56 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Polis says spread of coronavirus is slowing, but second person in 40s has died

CENTENNIAL – Measures limiting Coloradans’ movement may have begun to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in the state, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday. Polis said the number of people affected by...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

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