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The Pitkin County Public Health Office Tuesday confirmed the first death of a Pitkin County resident due to COVID-19 infection. The victim, a 94-year-old male with serious underlying medical issues, died on March 24 at his home in Aspen. He had been suffering from COVID-like symptoms but had not been diagnosed prior to his death.

On Wednesday Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed executive order D2020-017, ordering all Colorado Residents to stay-at-home unless absolutely necessary. Click the headline to hear the full audio.

2020 Census Adjusts to COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020


The 2020 Census has made some changes to the timeline. Here’s more from KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

The halls of the state Capitol are so quiet and empty during the coronavirus pandemic, some state patrol troopers have been spotted biking through the halls outside of the governor's office.

But while the building is closed to the public indefinitely and lawmakers remain away on an emergency recess that is likely to extend into April, party leaders are still waging a high-stakes political battle behind the scenes.

Colorado's community health centers have done a complete refiguring of their health delivery models in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and are set to take an enormous hit in their ability to continue to provide care if Congress doesn't approve critical funding.

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Mountain Family Health has initiated new protocols for COVD-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has the details.

Pitkin County Public Health has ordered new restrictions that further prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting contact between people, primarily through a stay-at-home order.

Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill abolishing the death penalty in Colorado.

The governor also announced Monday he has commuted the sentences of three men currently on death row to life in prison without parole.

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Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh last week about what the town is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Carbondale resident Arn Menconi wants to be the Democratic challenger in November's face-off against incumbent State Senator for the 8th District, Republican Bob Rankin. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently talked to Menconi to find out why he's running and how issues have changed since the onset of COVID-19. Click the headline to find more of the conversation.

KZMU: Moab Utah 'Closed' To Visitors

Mar 19, 2020
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Moab, Utah, has a message for Jackson, Wyoming: It is officially closed to visitors. Health officials issued an order this week to shut down the area’s hotels and camping areas. Health officials there are racing to mitigate a health crisis in Moab, where the hospital has just three ventilators. KZMU’s Molly Marcello reports from Moab.

In response to recent COVID-19 developments and directives by Governor Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations under the state Department of Regulatory Agencies will expedite licensing to increase the healthcare workforce.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2-1 Thursday to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Oregon, but it still has some barriers in its way. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Polis Hopes #DoingMyPartCO Will Ease Social Distancing

Mar 19, 2020

Governor Jared Polis initiated a public forum this week for Coloradans to share what they’re doing during social distancing due to COVID-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Gov. Jared Polis is not ruling out the possibility of ordering some Colorado residents to shelter in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters from a podium that was wiped down with disinfecting wipes in a state Capitol building that is closed to the public indefinitely, Polis said stricter social distancing rules will likely be announced soon.

Last week YouthZone, the Colorado Workforce Center and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation announced a partnership with the goal of giving teens at YouthZone guidance and help on their career path and first steps into adulthood. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has this story.

Avoiding Scammers Posing as Census Workers

Mar 17, 2020

Imposter scams continue to target older Americans, and with the upcoming 2020 Census, many Colorado residents could be receiving phony census contacts fishing for personal information that can result in fraud or identity theft.

Garfield RE-2 is providing breakfast and lunch for anyone 18 and under at no charge. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Colorado economists are dramatically cutting the state's revenue forecast because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will leave state lawmakers with several tough budget choices when they return from an emergency recess during the pandemic.

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All Garfield County Libraries are closed through April 8th. All library book drops are also closed, and there will be no overdue fines during this time. Librarians are asking the public to hold on to your library materials.

 

Mutual Aid in the Time of Coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020
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A new local Facebook group set up over the weekend to help during social distancing due to COVID-19 already has over 300 members. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with organizer Dave Reed to get the details.

Speaking in an eerily quiet state Capitol building that had closed to the public for a deep clean, Gov. Jared Polis ordered Monday that all bars and restaurants in the state close their dining areas for at least 30 days to help curb the spread of coronavirus. 

He also ordered the closure of large gathering places, such as casinos, theaters and gyms. Take-out and delivery service can continue.

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Local public health officials say the response to COVID-19 is now shifting gears. One of the key strategies is called social distancing. KDNK’s Lucas Turner explains why this strategy is important to understand, and how it reduces the spread of the virus.

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Garfield County Commissioners are part of a lawsuit against the state’s Air Quality Control Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh explains.

The state legislature will adjourn for at least two weeks starting Saturday to help protect the public from the spread of COVID-19.

With its big political debates and historic treasures, the state Capitol building often sees thousands of visitors each day.

That has lawmakers worried about the potential for the virus to spread in the busy building.

The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Garfield County was confirmed today at 4:41 pm MST. This individual is a Garfield County woman in her 30’s who had contact with the travelers that tested positive for COVID-19 in Pitkin County. She has not been hospitalized and is recovering in self-quarantine. Garfield County Public Health will be contacting those who may have had potential exposure.

Gov. Jared Polis is urging the cancellation of large public gatherings as several more COVID-19 cases are reported around the state.

Polis says gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled unless organizers can prove attendees will be at least 6 feet away from each other.

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UPDATED MARCH 14 - 1pm MST:

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has advised the Pitkin County Public Health Department that one test for COVID-19 is presumptively positive for the virus. Pitkin County now has 11 presumptive positive cases with results from 23 tests still pending. Officials say a contact tracing investigation is underway to determine whether community transmission is taking place in Pitkin County.

 

Garfield County

The Garfield County Recycling Center along Highway 6 in Rifle is closed until further notice. According to a press release issued by the county Thursday, biohazardous waste was illegally dumped at the site, forcing the closure.

Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin County issued a public health order Thursday to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19 in the region. The order is effective immediately and will be revisited on April 8th, 2020.

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