COVID-19 South Africa variant: What we know so far about the new variant

WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has […]

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Three metro Denver counties enact new mask mandates until COVID cases go back down

The boards of health for three metro Denver counties — Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe — voted Monday evening to require almost everyone to once again wear masks in indoor public spaces, though businesses can be exempted if they require staff and customers to be vaccinated. The Jeffco public health order, adopted by a 4-1 vote, requires adults and most children to […]

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Colorado considers how to update “crisis standards” for health care rationing

Colorado hasn’t yet reached the point where hospitals are rationing care, but a group of experts advising the governor are planning how best to do that should the state’s COVID-19 situation continue to worsen. As of Wednesday, 82 beds were available in Colorado intensive-care units, and only 541 general beds were open statewide. If the current acceleration in COVID-19 hospitalizations […]

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All adults in Colorado eligible for booster shots, Gov. Jared Polis declares

Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday declaring all of Colorado to be at high risk from COVID-19, thereby making all adults eligible to receive vaccine booster shots. This comes ahead of approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Pfizer and Moderna boosters for all fully vaccinated adults, following a six-month wait time. State public health […]

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Colorado calls on all vaccinated adults to get COVID boosters

Colorado health officials declared Monday evening that the entire state is a high-risk environment for COVID-19 and called on vaccinated adults to get booster shots to help fend off the virus once enough time has elapsed since their original inoculation. Dr. Eric France, the state’s chief medical officer, said in a news release that the whole state is experiencing a […]

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Colorado could stop elective surgeries next week

If Colorado’s COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve in the next few days, the state could call in federal backup, stop nonemergency surgeries or even allow hospitals to ration care, Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday. As of Thursday afternoon, 1,167 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 in Colorado. That’s 24 fewer than yesterday, but it’s not unusual for numbers to bounce around, […]

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Colorado sent me a text about a COVID-19 booster. Can I get one?

Last Friday, the state health department started sending out notifications to people who might be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot — but some found they didn’t qualify when they tried to make an appointment with their doctors. Scott Bookman, Colorado’s COVID-19 incident commander, said getting a text message isn’t a guarantee you’re eligible for a booster, but a nudge […]

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