Boulder County drops mask mandate for public indoor spaces, schools

Boulder County residents, visitors and students and teachers in district schools will soon no longer be required to wear a mask. County health officials on Monday night voted unanimously to drop its mask mandates, becoming the last metro area county to do away with the face-covering requirement as COVID-19 rates continue to drop precipitously. Masks will no longer be obligatory […]

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Colorado plans for coming COVID lull, but conditions could change

Colorado should get a relative break from COVID-19 for the next few months, but it’s possible that residents could be asked to roll up their sleeves again or take other precautions in the fall, state officials said Thursday. The state’s modeling indicates as much as 80% of the population could have some immunity by the end of February because they’ve […]

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Dawn Comstock, Jefferson County health director, resigns after private meeting with board

Jefferson County Public Health Director Dawn Comstock offered her resignation Monday afternoon following a lengthy meeting with the county’s health board that was closed to the public. The Jefferson County Board of Health voted unanimously to accept Comstock’s resignation after about a year on the job. Comstock will be put on paid administrative leave for a time “to finalize the […]

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Colorado “cautiously optimistic” omicron has peaked in state

With new COVID-19 cases falling in Colorado, public health officials expressed optimism Thursday that the state’s omicron surge has peaked — but cautioned that the virus remains widespread and hospitalizations are still very high. The percentage of tests coming back positive and the number of new cases both have been falling for about a week, though it’s not clear whether […]

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Free N95 masks to be provided at Colorado libraries and community centers

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will offer free KN95 and surgical-grade masks at public libraries, fire stations, recreation centers, VFWs, YMCAs and high-traffic community centers beginning this week. Gov. Jared Polis’ administration announced the plan late Tuesday afternoon. Mask distribution sites are listed at covid19.colorado.gov/freemasks. “We are on a mission to help Coloradans keep themselves safe, and […]

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White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website – The Denver Post

By ZEKE MILLER AND MATT O’BRIEN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to access an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service. People can order […]

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Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations top November peak

Colorado exceeded the delta wave’s peak for COVID-19 hospitalizations Wednesday, but fewer of the people hospitalized during the current omicron surge are being treated primarily for symptoms from the virus — though estimates vary widely on how many patients just happened to test positive after being admitted. State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said 1,577 people were hospitalized statewide with confirmed […]

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