Mercy screening patients for coronavirus as disease spreads

Mercy Regional Medical Center says it has began screening patients for the coronavirus virus as a precaution as the deadly disease makes its way from China to the United States. For the past week,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional blood supplier faces critical shortage

The only blood supplier to hospitals in the region is facing a national shortage of blood. Vitalant, the nonprofit that supplies Mercy Regional Medical Center, currently has less than a day and a...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan College works to improve kids’ smiles

FARMINGTON – San Juan College’s Dental Hygiene Program will offer free dental services to children as part of the national Give Kids a Smile Day for the 17th year. Partnering with the Northwest...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Restaurant inspections: Walmart, Chavalo’s, Beny’s, Safeway ...

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Unannounced inspections are conducted for restaurants, school, hospital and...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Edgemont Ranch subdivision cited for not meeting water-quality standards

State regulators have issued Edgemont Ranch a notice of violation after the neighborhood’s drinking water did not meet health standards. On Dec. 3, the Colorado Department of Public Health and...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield library helps residents achieve new year’s health resolutions

BAYFIELD – At the Pine River Library in Bayfield, patrons won’t just be learning about health from books this year: The library on Wednesday launched its first ever 2020 Health Initiative. The...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center sees increase in flu cases

Mercy Regional Medical Center is seeing far more cases of flu this year than last year, as flu season nears its typical January peak. The hospital has seen 34 cases of flu and four patients who...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local vape shops to diversify after national news of hospitalizations, deaths

Some retail vape shops in Durango are looking to diversify their business models after reports about hospitalizations and deaths associated with vaping drove a sales decline. “About a fourth of my...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anti-gravity treadmill speeds healing of leg injuries

Lauren Loftis, a doctor in town, was training for her first marathon this year when she developed an inflamed tendon in her knee, a condition that felt like someone stabbing her with an ice pick. ...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

New methane regulations lauded by Durango-area leaders, environmentalists

Colorado air quality regulators unanimously voted Thursday to adopt sweeping new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, which now apply to Southwest Colorado. “This vote...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hepatitis A case reported in La Plata County

A La Plata County homeless resident has contracted hepatitis A, the first local case in a statewide outbreak, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. Statewide, the disease has sickened 308...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango mother’s agonizing search for a diagnosis leads to Lyme disease

Tasha Rayburn gave birth nearly a year ago and was embracing life as a new mother when her health started to deteriorate fast – and to make matters worse, no one knew why. About three weeks after...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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