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Ask the Vet

Jane Bachrach is joined by Dr. Chuck Maker to share advice for keeping our animals well during the intense August heat and recent prominence of thick smoke in the area.

Coronavirus cases in Garfield County spiked during the month of July, averaging 81 new cases per week from June 29th to July 26th. Now that trend seems to be heading in a more positive direction. KDNK’s Lucas Turner reports.

Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties Thursday announced a coordinated regional testing strategy for COVID-19. For links to testing information by county, click the headline.

Garfield County will not be moving forward into the next COVID-19 re-opening phase. One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus rate but, in a press release today, officials say the county’s transmission rate is 35 cases in the past 2 weeks.

This post was updated June 29, 2020 to include comments from Alexis Kalergis. 

A Colorado team says their work on a COVID-19 vaccine is progressing. Other vaccines are much further down the testing pipeline, but none have crossed the finish line yet. 

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Garfield County health officials have seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19  in the past week, which could put the County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 diagnosed between June 8th and the 21st.

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Governor Jared Polis says the state of Colorado now has enough tests to check for COVID-19 in anyone who is symptomatic. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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On today’s program we look at: an increase in Charles Bonnet Syndrome symptoms for some people who are social distancing and the way we might be able to reduce that increase, an interview with last year’s winner of the James Holman prize for blind ambition, a way to prevent hurting your back if you’re blind in one eye, a cell phone accessory that takes stress out of traveling, and tips on how to keep your guide dog and pet dogs in tip-top shape while social distancing.

Testing is considered a major requirement on the path back to normal, and as the president has made clear, it's largely up to the states to find the way. Are states in the Mountain West up to the task? By multiple measures, Utah and New Mexico are leading the way, while other states are still lagging behind. 

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Crystal Mariscal, la que formó este programa, vuelva a conectar con nosotros para elaborar un poco su comentario sobre la falta de acceso a información para la comunidad hispanohablante que se aclara aún más con este ultimo crisis del coronavirus.

As the graph below shows, the number of COVID-19 cases reported by public health agencies in the Mountain West is climbing. But what do those numbers actually say? 

 

Governor Jared Polis addressed the state this afternoon to provide critical updates on the stay-at-home order. He started with some good news, announcing that Eagle County will be the first in the state to “reopen.”

The Geeks

The Geeks overcome the challenges of our days to provide important technical knowledge to KDNK listeners.

 

Pitkin County officials are eyeing strategies for combatting COVID-19 once stay at home restrictions are lifted. Public Health Director Karen Koenneman Thursday described current restrictions as "the hammer” and upcoming mitigation strategies as "the dance.” 

El Javi

Denver-based flamenco guitarist Javier Gutierrez, “El Javi,” was scheduled to perform a benefit concert at Thunder River Theatre Company for KDNK's birthday this weekend. He, like countless other musicians across the world, has been forced to adapt around the circumstances spurred by COVID-19. In additional to now sharing guitar playing tutorials on YouTube, Javier performs live on Facebook every Monday at 6pm. Click here to hear how Javier experienced the onset of closures and gig cancellations from a festival in Mexico.

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5Point Adventure Film Festival was set to premier around Earth Day 2020 but, like countless other events, this was rescheduled due to the global pandemic. The 2020 flagship festival will now occur from October 14 - 18 and the team has curated a special virtual screening of archived favorites for next week instead. Executive Director Regna Jones shares details about 5Point Unlocked.

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Whippoorwill, a Fort Collins-based, alternative folk-rock trio were set to play in Carbondale last month at Steve's Guitars but the concert was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s shows in April are also cancelled following Governor Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home public health order. For KDNK, Laura Palmisano brings us an interview with Alysia Kraft of Whippoorwill.

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Dr. Chuck Maker and Jane Bachrach host a COVID-centric Ask the Vet focusing mostly on horses.

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Governor Jared Polis is giving residents a glimpse of what life will look like when the stay at home order is lifted as soon as April 27th.

Neighborhood Heroes

As part of the Carbondale Mutual Aid Group and Emergency Taskforce, residents Emily and Debbie Bruell are spearheading a new program called “Neighborhood Heroes.” They spoke to KDNK’s Lucas Turner about how it works. For more on how to sign up as a neighborhood hero, click the headline.

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On this month's For Land's Sake, host Bill Kight shares his love for poetry and shares several evocative favorites.

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The Pitkin County Board of Health Monday endorsed an advisory urging the public to wear non-medical cloth masks in public places where social distancing is not possible. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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Governor Jared Polis is urging hotel owners to open their rooms to people who are experiencing homelessness. He says the abundance of empty rooms should be used to keep some of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a normal April, the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver hosts a car show and business conferences this time of year.

But this week, construction crews are working inside to put 2,000 hospital beds in the convention center to accomodate a possible surge of COVID-19 cases.

 


  Aspen City Council Thursday, upon first reading, approved earmarking 6 million dollars for an emergency relief and economic stimulus package to benefit residents, workers and businesses from Aspen to Parachute.

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Pitkin County Landfill is closed to the public until further notice. Only essential commercial waste haulers will be allowed access during the COVID-19 shutdown with the following exception: "Residents depositing trash, recycling and compost will be allowed access to the landfill on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11am and 1pm."

During the closure, the landfill will not accept construction waste, hazardous waster electronics, furniture, or non-essential landscaping debris. You can find more information at landfillrules.com

Heritage Park

Diane Johnson hosts Senior Matters remotely this month and chats with Brian Zaragoza, Executive Director for Heritage Park Care Center, about what they're doing to limit risks to residents and their families and friends.

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Colorado is among the places on the national radar for an emerging surge in possible COVID-19 cases. As of this past weekend, Colorado had seen nearly 5000 known cases, and 140 deaths as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. In El Paso County alone, there have been 25 related deaths. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin recently spoke with Dr. Tim Rummel, a pulmonary critical care doctor at UCHealth, on what it's like as the number of cases continues to grow.

City of Glenwood Springs

As of Tuesday Morning, facial coverings are mandatory in incorporated Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Colorado appears to be competing with the Federal government for ventilators. The Denver Post reports Governor Jared Polis told CNN that just as the state was making a deal with a manufacturer for an order of 500 ventilators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency swooped in and bought the machines. 

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