Colorado's rollout of free KN95 and surgical-grade masks got off to a bumpy start Wednesday, with many residents going to handout sites only to be told that their public library or community center wasn't handing out masks.
A month after it began, Colorado's omicron wave has likely peaked, officials told the state Board of Health on Wednesday, as case and positivity rates fall and hospitalizations show signs of plateauing.
KN95 and surgical-grade masks will be available for free at libraries and other community centers across Colorado later this week as state officials try to curb the spread of COVID-19.
More kids are hospitalized at Children's Hospital Colorado because of COVID-19 now than at any previous point in the pandemic, a surge fueled by the omicron variant and affecting young children at high rates.
Some Colorado hospitals are already enacting tenets of the state's crisis standards of care amid a crush of patients and a shortage of providers, and emergency physicians have now called on Gov. Jared Polis to officially enact the plan for the first time.
The president of a COVID-19 testing company said his team is working to catch up with data reporting requirements, days after the Colorado Attorney General's Office sent him a letter ordering him to stop testing here.
Jared Schutz Polis is Colorado’s 43rd governor, elected in 2018. He’s the nation’s first openly gay governor and Colorado’s first Jewish governor.
In the early days of the pandemic, emergency department physicians looked around and wondered: Where is everybody?
Denver has one of its first commercial rooftop green spaces despite the city morphing the citizen-led Green Roofs Initiative into a less ambitious energy conservation and heat island reduction plan.
In today’s tribal, all-or-nothing context, it is hard to believe that Colorado voters were once known for their ticket-splitting.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment has ordered the Center for COVID Control to cease COVID-19 testing for public health and consumer protection violations.
Colorado officially surpassed 11,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, continuing the state's recent trend of adding about 1,000 new casualties from the virus each month.
There are more outbreaks in Colorado's long-term care facilities now than at any previous point in the pandemic, state data shows, as the omicron variant causes unprecedented levels of COVID-19 spread.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding Coloradans and visitors to refrain from feeding the state's wildlife after several people have been cited for doing so this year.
Two nominees have been named to fill the vacant executive director positions in Denver’s Department of Human Services and Department of Excise and Licenses, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Wednesday.
Colorado hospitals and officials are preparing for COVID-19 hospitalizations to continue to surge in the coming days, a top state health official said Wednesday. Though a peak may be approaching and overall capacity remains stable, hospital officials warn they're still facing a critical crush of patients.
Colorado collected more money through marijuana tax and revenue than ever before in 2021, shattering the previous record by nearly 10%, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
For the first time in over 10 years, Colorado's high school graduation rate has declined, according to the state Department of Education.
The omicron variant's unprecedented surge is straining Colorado's already exhausted health care workforce, and a physician who helped write hospitals' emergency triage plans late last year said Friday the state would benefit from enacting them now.
The inferno that swept into Louisville and Superior last week proved the destructive power of a winter wildfire, but many of the aircraft and crews available in the late spring, summer and fall to fight massive Western blazes are not working in the heart of winter when many fire-prone states should see snow.
A major change to the state-mandated sick leave policy resulting from legislation passed in 2020 is now in effect, according to an announcement from the state Department of Labor and Employment.
Colorado is likely a few weeks away from hitting its omicron peak, a top state health official said Wednesday, and hospitals here are preparing for a "variety of scenarios" that may come during that time.
Two newly approved antiviral COVID-19 medicines are unlikely to "make a dent" in the escalating omicron surge in Colorado, officials said this week, as hospitalizations rise and the supply of monoclonal antibodies remains tight.
People incarcerated in a state correctional facility won’t be able to visit their families or friends in person for at least the next two weeks effective Tuesday, according to a announcement from the Colorado Department of Corrections.
A former top Washington, D.C., health official will become Colorado's new behavioral health commissioner, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday morning.
Colorado's hourly minimum wage will increase from $12.32 per hour to $12.56 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022, the result of voter approval of Amendment 70 in 2016.
The Summit County Public Health Department reinstated its public health order Wednesday, mandating face masks in indoor areas amid a massive COVID-19 surge in the county.
Nearly every recent case of COVID-19 in Colorado has been caused by the new omicron variant, data indicates, and the state is bracing for its largest testing demand since the pandemic began.
Gov. Jared Polis, joined by some of the employee-owners of Hercules Industries in Denver, announced the state's Office of Economic Development and International Trade will start accepting applications for a new tax credit in the new year.
Denver has extended its indoor mask order, the city announced Tuesday morning, as omicron surges through the metro area and the state.
COVID-19 infections in Colorado spiked in the days around Christmas, with the biggest single-day new cases reported since the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic: than 10,000, signaling again the rapidly spreading nature of the most recent omicron variant of the virus.
Editor’s Note: This story is a collaborative report by Fresh Water News working with nine other Colorado news outlets.
Around the beginning of September, Colorado COVID-19 deaths began to climb steadily, from around 40 deaths each week, through the fall and into the winter, to now around 260 each week.
This investigation is part of the ongoing “On Edge” series about Colorado’s mental health by the Colorado News Collaborative, the nonprofit that unites more than 160 communities and news outlets like ours to ensure quality news for all Coloradans. The series title reflects a state that has the nation’s highest rate of adult mental illness and lowest access to care, and the fact that state government is on the edge of either turning around its behavioral health care system or simply reorganizing a bureaucracy that is failing too many Coloradans.
More medical and retail marijuana was sold throughout Colorado in 2020 than ever before after several unexpected trends occurred, according to a new report released by the state's marijuana enforcement division.
Nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases in Colorado have a telltale genetic marker of the omicron variant, a top state health official said Wednesday, the latest sign of the strain's escalating presence here.
In the span of a few weeks, the omicron variant moved into Colorado and now accounts for as many as half of the state's recent COVID-19 cases.
Eagle County officials instituted an indoor mask order Wednesday as the county, flush with winter tourists, faces a crush of COVID-19 cases likely fueled by the omicron variant.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is predicting heavier-than-normal traffic over the weekend in many parts of the state due to the Christmas holiday.
Colorado's Sex Offender Management Board is reconsidering its decision to eliminate the use of "sex offender" from its standards and guidelines.
Colorado school enrollment is essentially flat this year, with far fewer students showing up to class now than before the pandemic.
A dark money group on Tuesday filed a complaint alleging Dan Gibbs, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, falsified documents and his agency gave a sweetheart deal to his wife's employer.
Denver has confirmed its first two cases of the omicron variant, the city's Department of Public Health and Environment said Monday.
The week after Thanksgiving, Dr. Joseph Forrester stood by the bedside of a man who'd been in the intensive care unit at the Medical Center of Aurora for two months. The patient was in his 70s, and COVID-19 had so ravaged his body that a ventilator breathed for him.
Colorado's unemployment rate fell in November for a fifth consecutive month , the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday.
The COVID-19 pandemic "remains in the driver seat" for Colorado's economic outlook, according to economic and revenue forecasts presented to the Joint Budget Committee Friday.
More than 360 complaints of businesses not following Denver's mask mandate have been filed since the order was implemented three weeks ago, city officials said this week, the largest share of which are gyms.
The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board on Thursday recommended the governor reject a proposal submitted by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, backed by the Union Reservoir Company and City of Longmont, to change the name of Calkins Lake to Union Reservoir.
Gov. Jared Polis announced Thursday Cooke will serve in that role for about two years and focus on the "transition and change management associated with the establishment of the new agency."
When the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived a year ago Tuesday in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis and many others greeted them with relief and high expectations.