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Outbreak of COVID-19 cases reported at downtown Durango construction site

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been reported at a downtown Durango construction site, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. Claire Ninde, spokeswoman for the health department, said five...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 36 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves variance request

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to seek a variance from Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order to reopen some businesses still shut down. But they...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 13 hours 47 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

How has dating changed during the pandemic?

FARMINGTON – How has the dating world – from sexually transmitted infections to digital connections – shifted in the face of the pandemic’s social-distancing measures? With fewer in-person...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango restaurants can reopen Wednesday, but will they?

Durango’s restaurants can reopen for dine-in service Wednesday. Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday restaurants across the state can reopen after being closed for more than two months to in-person...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local officials waiting on Polis to unveil next health order

Public health officials say they are growing frustrated with Gov. Jared Polis allowing health orders to nearly expire before issuing guidance about the next phase of the state’s coronavirus...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Main Avenue walk aims to promote businesses – some say it’s a protest

A La Plata County man says he’s organizing a walk Friday night on Main Avenue to show that Durango is open for business, but on social media the event is being called a “peaceful protest” over...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield and Ignacio undecided about requiring masks

Pine River Valley residents remain divided over the idea of a mandatory face-covering order, even as their neighbors in Durango prepare to make masks mandatory. San Juan Basin Public Health issued...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey: Majority of Durango businesses support face-covering requirement

A majority of Durango businesses support a proposed ordinance that would require face coverings within city limits, according to a survey conducted by the Durango Chamber of Commerce. Jack...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How does La Plata County do contact tracing?

In normal times, Claire Macpherson was manager for San Juan Basin Public Health’s environmental health program, mostly inspecting restaurants to make sure local eateries followed safe food-handling...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man died of heart complications, not COVID-19, coroner rules

An 80-year-old man reported to be La Plata County’s only confirmed COVID-19 fatality died of congestive heart failure, not the novel coronavirus, according to La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith....

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado clarifies data reporting of COVID-19 deaths

Colorado changed the way it is reporting deaths related to COVID-19 that could clarify the state’s understanding of the disease. Days after Montezuma County disputed the state’s coronavirus death...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

San Juan Basin, Mercy announce streamlined COVID-19 testing

San Juan Basin Public Health and Mercy Regional Medical Center announced a streamlined process for COVID-19 testing Wednesday. People with symptoms will no longer need to complete a screening over...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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