coronavirus

A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in young adults, ages 20-29 currently accounts for close to 20% of positive COVID-19 cases in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollen about this, and related issues for their weekly update.


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is issuing a statewide mask order as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the state. KSUT's Mark Duggan has more:


Tracking positive COVID tests from visitors proves tricky

Jul 14, 2020
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Officials worry they're not getting a true picture of contagion here in Colorado during tourist season, as positive COVID-19 cases are reported based on where a person lives, not where they've been.

Concerts around the world have been canceled until further notice, and musicians are struggling with how to make a living and what’s next in their career. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with local musician Caitlin Cannon about how she’s had to pivot her summer tour, and the release of her latest album.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020
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As positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow in La Plata and Archuleta Counties, KSUT’s Sarah Flower gets an update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health.


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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is putting the brakes on part of Colorado's reopening plans. But he's also touting a new phase to allow some areas to open even more. Mark Duggan explains:

 

 

 

With food insecurity rising at an alarming rate worldwide due to COVID-19, one local soup kitchen is answering the call. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that residents in senior care facilities and nursing homes might be able to have visitors in the near future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:


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Darrah Blackwater sees radio waves as a natural resource. The Navajo Nation member and recent law school graduate works to bring high-speed internet to rural tribal lands. Her efforts focus on what she calls “spectrum sovereignty,” or the recognition of tribal spectrum rights.

“That means that the radio waves on the land have been on the land since what we call in federal Indian law, ‘time immemorial,’” she explains. “Which means it’s been there as long as the land, the mountains, the water, the air has been there.”

KSUT Reporter Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about new orders expected from Governor Jared Polis, and more in their weekly update. 


On the Navajo Nation, the COVID curve is flattening. Efforts to trace the spread of the disease are working. But challenges remain. Federal native health officials are responding with more funding, as KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:

 

Under Colorado Governor Jared Polis, restaurants across the state are able to open today, but in La Plata County, they need to self certify before they can do so. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

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Colorado restaurants can reopen their dining rooms and patios for the first time in two months. But diners should prepare for some changes to the way their favorite eateries operate, as KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:

With a new face covering mandate and local protests, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower checks in with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon for their weekly update. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, this story will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 26 at 2:30 PM, but you can listen here:


Spending a Safe Memorial Day Weekend on Public Lands

May 20, 2020

Camping, barbecuing and outdoor recreation are popular Memorial Day weekend activities. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Eric Coulter of the Colorado Southwest Bureau of Land Management, about how to do that safely on public lands.


Primary voting ballots will go out in the mail to La Plata County residents on June 8. COVID-19 has changed what voting in person will look like locally. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story. 


May 18, 2020: KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department for their weekly update. Today, they talk in depth about Colorado’s COVID-19 death count, including the one reported death to date, in La Plata County.


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Pagosa Town Council unanimously approved a variance request from local businesses to open their doors before the state of Colorado’s suggested date of May 25, 2020. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 

La Plata County recorded its first fatality due to COVID-19 this weekend. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department, Liane Jollon on this topic and others making news this week:

 


The coronavirus is negatively impacting much of the U.S. economy, particularly energy markets. High Country News writer and former Durango resident Jonathan Thompson has covered oil and gas for a long time. He says the pandemic hasn't had much effect on natural gas. But oil is a different story. And the fallout will affect everybody, as KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan explains:


Jicarilla Apache Nation

Area Native American tribes are continuing with their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Jicarilla Apache Nation in north-central New Mexico has turned to its Facebook page, tribal-owned radio station KCIE, and website to get the word out. Mark Duggan reports:


Starting today, non-critical businesses in La Plata County can open their doors with strict public health measures in place. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checked in with local business owners, and Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health for this story:

Local shelters in Durango have seen their maximum capacity numbers cut in half due to social distancing restrictions in trying to stop the spread of COVID-19. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado has been administering the region's Community Emergency Relief Funds, as related to COVID-19.  Tami Graham spoke with Briggen Wrinkle for an update on both their fundraising and two rounds of grant funds to frontline non-profits:

 


As COVID-19 numbers increase dramatically in the city of Gallup, New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended the lockdown order. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports: 


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The flu pandemic of 1918 had a profound effect on the world. In Colorado, it led to quarantines and even armed guards keeping visitors away from some towns. We take a closer look at the response to the flu in part two of our conversation with Fort Lewis College History Professor Andrew Gulliford. And we examine a more recent viral outbreak in the Four Corners. KSUT’s Mark Duggan reports:


May 4th Update From San Juan Basin Public Health

May 4, 2020

As La Plata County enters its first full week of the Safer La Plata order, KSUT’s Sarah Flower has the weekly update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Humankind is no stranger to pandemics. The 1918 influenza infected 500 million people -  or about a third of the world's population at the time. In the Four Corners, it was particularly devastating on Native lands and in Silverton.

KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan reached out to Fort Lewis College History Professor Andrew Gulliford to find out more about the regional impact of what has come to be known as the Spanish Flu.


With restaurants limited to take-out, grocery store shelves scarce, and COVID-19 outbreaks at major meat packing plants, communities are turning to local farmers for sustenance. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports:


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