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Coronavirus Politics

Littwin: Trump is back to war and Polis is telling us the best defense is a good offense


Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado's first two cases of coronavirus in Colorado on March 5, 2020. As of Friday, March 27, tyhe state was up to more than 1,700 cases with 31 deaths. (Photo by John Herrick)In case you were wondering, the wartime president is back. It took Donald Trump only a few days to realize that wishing away the novel coronavirus wasn’t going to work. It might have sunk in with the news that America had taken the worldwide lead in confirmed coronavirus cases, meaning, among other issues, there won’t […]

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GREENE: The hands that need holding A Denver pastor and his wife have been separated by the coronavirus when they need each other most


Terrance and Rachel Hughes in February before both contracted the new coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Hughes)Rachel Hughes answered a phone call Wednesday from her husband’s intensive care doctors. The Rev. Terrance Hughes – co-pastor at New Covenant Christian Church/Alpha Omega Ministries Disciples of Christ in Denver – is critically ill with COVID-19-related lung and kidney damage. He is nearing his fourth week at the VA medical center in Aurora and […]

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Behemoth $2T COVID-19 response bill clears U.S. House, heads to Trump


  WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is poised to become law following its passage in the U.S. House on Friday.  Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package in U.S. […]

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Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic The plan comes as part of an executive order that includes using Centennial South to quarantine inmates with COVID-19


Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on Wednesday that effectively blocks new inmates from entering the state’s prisons in an effort to manage a potential COVID-19 outbreak among those locked behind bars.  The order is part of a broader plan aimed at driving down the state’s prison population to increase social distancing among inmates […]

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Coronavirus Media

‘We are not immune’: COVID-19 layoffs hit Colorado newsrooms The virus is ‘killing local news’ and is a ‘nearly perfect weapon’ against alternative weeklies


The COVID-19 novel coronavirus claimed a round of newsroom jobs in Colorado this week as revenues nosedived across local news balance sheets nationwide. (Image by Tina Griego)The COVID-19 novel coronavirus claimed a round of newsroom jobs in Colorado this week as revenues nosedived across local news balance sheets nationwide. “We are not immune from the same health and business issues our communities are facing,” Doug Bennett, CEO of Ballantine Communications, told readers Tuesday about his Durango Herald newspaper. “We are supported by subscriptions […]

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Doing the public’s business by Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic


Before the Paonia Town trustees voted to allow virtual board meetings in emergency situations, town resident Suzanne Watson encouraged them to think about how they will connect with people like her who don’t have internet access.Lakewood City Attorney Tim Cox called it “almost a chicken and egg situation.” For city council members to legally conduct electronic meetings – like the one they were conducting via Zoom when Cox spoke to them Monday evening – they had to pass an emergency ordinance to allow electronic meetings. “If you don’t approve this […]

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Politics

Pandemic spurs U.S. Senate to pass historic aid package


Shoppers waiting to enter a Glendale King Soopers store first thing in the morning on March 25, 2020. (Photo credit: Alison Cooper)WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship.  Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who […]

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Health

Polis announces a statewide stay-at-home order The order comes after Polis saw data showing too few people were staying home and too few medical supplies exist to treat the infected


Gov. Jared Polis announces a stay-at-home order for Colorado at the Emergency Operations Center in Centennial on March 25, 2020. The order goes into effect Thursday through April 11, 2020. (Photo by Forest Wilson)Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday issued his most explicit order yet calling on everyone in Colorado to stay at home whenever possible in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the potentially deadly disease caused by the new coronavirus.  “We’re issuing the stay-at-home order to save lives,” Polis told reporters at the Emergency Operations […]

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Education

Denver, Jeffco districts won’t do public notifications of new coronavirus cases


Coronavirus testing capacity in Colorado remains limited, and public health authorities believe there are thousands of cases in the community, including in places where there are very few or no reported cases. Jeffco and Denver Public School districts have said they will not continue to do public notifications.As the number of cases grows, Colorado’s largest school districts say they will not do public notifications if a member of a school community tests positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. However, if staff members working in a role that includes public contact, such as meal distribution, were to test positive, […]

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U.S. Senate vows ‘big help, quick help’ with $2T coronavirus bill Individuals would receive direct checks of $1,200 per person for many adults


WASHINGTON — Lawmakers announced the framework for a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday morning, but specifics of a final bill and a timeline for enactment remain uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he expected the chamber to pass the legislation on Wednesday. He said the bill isn’t […]

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