COVID-19's IMPACT
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Elbert County takes health rules into its own hands

The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners has voted unanimously to allow graduation ceremonies for Simla, Kiowa and Elizabeth high schools, and to allow houses of worship to resume in-person …

COVID-19 found in two metro-area child care centers

Two Colorado child care facilities, both in suburban metro Denver, have recorded COVID-19 outbreaks, according to state data. The two facilities are the first child care locations that the state has …
Barry Kittay, right, spent about 20 days in the hospital fighting COVID-19. He lost 55 pounds and his ability to walk while in the hospital. At left is his wife, Doe.

‘I was really sick and close to death’

The last thing Barry Kittay remembers before it all goes black for about 10 days is pulling out his health insurance card at UCHealth Highlands Ranch. “Frankly, I’m not unhappy that I don’t …
April Arellano, owner of C&C Coffee and Kitchen, decided to reopen her doors May 10 against public health orders because her business was struggling under the no dine-in order.

Health department orders Castle Rock restaurant to close

The Tri-County Health Department has ordered a Castle Rock restaurant to close after it reopened its doors to full dine-in service May 10, allowing dozens of customers inside despite public health …
Jed Gilman, left, and John Hulse drove over an hour to Castle Rock May 11 to carry American flags in front of C & C restaurant in support of the business.

'Tri-County can't shut them all down'

Hours after it received an order from Tri-County Health Department to shut down, C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock continued to serve customers for dine-in service May 11.  The day before, …
The Mother's Day crowd at C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock, on May 10, 2020.

State suspending Castle Rock restaurant's business license after it defies public health order

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment believes that C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock is causing "an immediate health hazard," Gov. Jared Polis said at a May 11 news …
CCM coverage of coronavirus

These are unprecedented times.

The health threat of COVID-19 — and the social, educational and economic disruptions caused in its wake — are severe and complex.

Colorado Community Media publishes 20 community newspapers in the Denver metro area in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. Our mission has always been to build community through trustworthy, quality journalism that tells the local stories no one else will. We care deeply about the communities we report about every week. And in these difficult times, we pledge to not only continue chronicling the information you need to know about COVID-19, but also the stories that tell how the virus is affecting the families, businesses and institutions of each community and what we are all doing to cope and help each other out.

We cannot do it alone though.

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you. Share with us the kinds of stories you’d like to see from your local news. Tell us about the challenges you’re facing — and the kindnesses you’ve encountered that help connect communities and prop us up during difficult times. Email us a  newsdesk@coloradocommunitymedia.com  or check out this website's contact page to find your neighborhood's specific reporter.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses named for the microscopic view of crownlike spikes on their surfaces, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), which have seen outbreaks in the past, according to the CDC. COVID-19 — standing for “coronavirus disease 2019” — first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most people develop only mild symptoms, according to Denver Public Health. But according to the CDC, some — usually those with severe underlying health conditions or older adults — develop more serious symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Technically, COVID-19 is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2.

PANDEMIC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE METRO AREA
Sierra typically employs 100 people but during the pandemic has kept 10 to 15 people working in staggered shifts. On May 18, masked workers cooked up takeout and delivery orders.
Douglas County gets OK to re-open restaurants, churches, Park Meadows
Colorado's top public-health official has agreed to allow the immediate limited re-opening of indoor operations at restaurants across … Read More
The outside seating area at Vines Wine Bar and Bistro in Parker as it appeared in April.
Parker allows expanded outside seating at restaurants
The Town of Parker issued an emergency ordinance allowing restaurants and bars to temporarily expand their outdoor seating areas to … Read More
Curbside pickup has been allowed at Park Meadows as long as retail has been allowed to operate doing so, but officials believe it could be a more permanent offering going forward.
Park Meadows has allies in pitch to reopen
Park Meadows mall could soon reopen its corridors, and some interior stores, if its request to reopen is approved by the state. The … Read More
Littleton's city hall
Littleton's March revenue decline avoids worst fears
Littleton’s tax revenue plunged in March, but not as much as expected, city officials said on May 12. City tax revenues decreased … Read More
Pandemic highlights need for foster parents
Mark and Chastity Gomez, foster parents in Centennial, haven’t been largely impacted by the pandemic, but Mark imagines that many … Read More
COVID-19 RESOURCES

Trusted web resources

The State of Colorado's official COVID-19 information site 

This site includes the latest statewide news, including the most up-to-date infection and death figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,  the latest statements from the Governor, as well as  web links and phone numbers for state services. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes basic information about the disease, and  a link to individual state health department sites.

World Health Organization 

The WHO's rolling update page, giving the latest news about the global pandemic situation.

Distance learning resources for parents

The good news for stressed parents is that there are more online resources to help parents keep children learning and intellectually engaged. The link above lists several resources, but you can also check out the back catalogue of CCM's longtime education columnist too, Esther Macalady, for a wealth of home-based activity ideas

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