COVID-19

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Limited COVID-19 swab testing is available at Aspen Valley Hospital on a limited basis. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update. Aspen Primary Care is at 970.279.4111.

The “Safer At Home” orders issued from the State will begin on April 27th, 2020. Garfield County wants to give local businesses and agencies time to review the Garfield County Roadmap Criteria and complete a plan for their agency using the Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan guidance.

Businesses and agencies in Garfield County should determine if they are high, medium, or low risk, complete the “Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan”, and submit the form online at: www.garfield-county.com. 

Valley Voices: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

Apr 23, 2020
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Jackie Skramstad, Clinical Operations Manager for Mind Springs Health, joins KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic can effect mental health for the long run.  For COVID-19 mental health support, call 877-519-7505.

Weekly Safety Blog

If you are stuck at home and are getting bored, need something to do or need some help keeping your kids educated, check out this list full of free online resources from local and national sources

During World War II, nylon stockings disappeared from store shelves as the valuable synthetic material was diverted to make critical wartime supplies such as parachutes, flak jackets and aircraft fuel tanks. Now, new research suggests that nylon stockings could once again play a critical role in a national battle — this time by making homemade cloth masks significantly more protective.

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President Trump has signed off on an additional $484 billion in coronavirus relief efforts, which Congress passed earlier in the week. Here's what's in the legislation:

 

More than ten-thousand Coloradans have tested positive for COVID-19. But state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy explains the number of infected is likely much higher.

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Starting this week new categories of workers can file for unemployment with the state thanks to provisions in the CARES act. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

 

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.”

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Governor Jared Polis says all workers in critical buildings such as grocery stores and nursing homes will now be required to wear face masks. His executive order comes after there have been coronavirus outbreaks in at least fifteen nursing homes and residential care facilities around the state.

 

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.” 

Frustration with stay-at-home orders is mounting in many parts of the country. In Colorado, protesters gathered Sunday afternoon on a hillside in front of the state capitol in Denver.

"I'm watching businesses close. I'm watching friends lose their incomes," protester Deesa Hurt told Colorado Public Radio. "We just want to reopen Colorado. That's all we want."

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday.

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.

Sandra Fish

Reporter Sandra Fish talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about a new initiative from First Draft and Colorado Media Project called Misinformation Watch. Her latest article for The Colorado Sun looks at coronavirus disinformation including robocalls, phony cures, conspiracies, and politicizing the crisis. 

Alpine Equine Hospital

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

Eagle County

Eagle County Commissioners Tuesday allocated an additional $500,000 in economic assistance for residents experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

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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.

Aspen Business Connect

Jillian Livingston of Aspen Business Connect joins Jill Rubin on Let's Talk to reflect on the challenges of COVID-19 and the new paradigm emerging for community and business.

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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A Colorado-based Facebook group titled “Go Outside and Howl at 8pm” now has over 500 thousand members, and it’s just one of many similar groups. Coloradans all over the state have taken to the new quarantine activity.

Pitkin County Board of Health Endorses Mask Advisory

Apr 14, 2020
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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.

RFTA Requires Facial Covering on Buses April 13

Apr 11, 2020
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Glenwood Springs City Council is satisfied with new facial covering requirement on Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

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.

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Making life-or-death decisions for others is not a task to be taken lightly. But, Colorado’s state crisis plans include the assembly of triage teams in the case that hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

 


  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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Colorado Sun reporter Moe Clark joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her reporting on efforts to protect the homeless population from coronavirus. 600 beds are opening at Denver's National Western complex to provide a safe space to consolidate resources and better achieve social distancing. Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis has instructed unarmed National Guard personnel to assist in providing care to the homeless. You can read Moe Clark's reporting on this for The Colorado Sun here and here.

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