COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Colorado in recent weeks. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Brian Devine, deputy incident commander for COVID-19 at San Juan Basin Public Health about the importance of keeping up safety precautions for the New Year's holiday and the coming weeks. 




Public health officials across the country are urging people to stay at home this holiday season. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Brian Devine, deputy incident commander for COVID-19 at San Juan Basin Public Health about how to gather safely.

The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic has left many in Southwest Colorado concerned about where they’ll get their next meal. Some are facing the difficult choice of which basic need is going to be met. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

Durango Food Bank Dump Hunger Food Drive: Ska Brewing will host the "Dump Hunger Food Drive" from 10 AM - 5 PM, this Friday and Saturday, 12/18-19, at their World Headquarters in Bodo Park in Durango. The public can drive through and donate non-perishable foods. All monetary donations will be matched by C&J Gravel.

Mark Duggan

Montezuma County has reported more than 900 cases of COVID-19 since March. Hospital officials there say their capacity has gone up and down during the current surge of infections. To learn more, KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Tony Sudduth, CEO of Southwest Health System, which runs the hospital.

Mental health experts have seen a dramatic increase in how the pandemic has taken a toll on people's emotional well being, including children. Local mental health officials say it’s imperative to keep checking in with your kids during this time. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more:

Analysts across the country are finding that the impact of the coronavirus on food insecurities is greater than what the nation experienced during the Great Depression. With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, one group in Southwest Colorado is taking the lead on serving meals to those in need. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Ann Morse, Executive Director of Manna Soup Kitchen about local food insecurities.

New cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. In response, San Juan Basin Public Health issued this press release on November 17:

U.K.-based pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has developed a vaccine that initial results show to be "highly effective in preventing" COVID-19, the company announced Monday.

It has become the battle cry of public health officials around the world: "Wear a mask to slow the spread." Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new evidence supporting this advice.

Researchers analyzed coronavirus infection rates in Kansas following a statewide mask mandate. They found that counties that chose to enforce the mandate saw their cases decrease. Counties that chose to opt out saw their cases continue to rise.

Coronavirus Resources

Nov 20, 2020

We've compiled a list of links to important COVID-related resources. See a variety of data dashboards, track outbreaks, and follow local public health departments. Also find the latest coronavirus coverage from KSUT, NPR, and other sources.

By the Numbers: COVID Cases Spike Since Halloween

Nov 16, 2020

The latest figures from state health departments in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona show cases have reached levels not seen since April and May.

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As more Colorado school districts move some or all of their students to online learning, state public health officials issued a new report that stresses the benefits and safety of holding school in-person but offers scant new guidance or protocols to make that feasible.

Testing Alone Won’t Be Enough to Stem Colorado’s Surge of Coronavirus Cases

Nov 13, 2020
Mark Duggan

Health officials warn that the tried and true advice of tests -- plus “austere behavior” -- offers the best chance to control the virus.

Here's a summary of COVID-19 positive case totals for the station and region, as of 4:00 p.m. November 1. The graphs compare data from October and September. Data sources include the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, and state health departments in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

To Combat COVID, Fort Lewis College Embraces Navajo Principle of Kinship

Oct 11, 2020

Colleges around the nation are struggling to reopen safely. Fort Lewis College in Durango has turned to Navajo students in its public health program to develop a plan that resonates with cultural values around mutual responsibility.

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State and local hospitals are making progress in increasing their stores of PPE. But it remains difficult to get N95 masks and gowns at the volume Colorado needs.

Mark Duggan

Gov. Jared Polis has urged schools to reopen since May, but as school comes back to session in Colorado, about half the state's K-12 students are attending districts that are starting online. School districts received vague and conflicting guidance from the state and were under intense political pressure from all sides. When coronavirus cases rose in the summer, school districts faced a kind of snow day decision from hell.

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
courtesy San Juan Basin Public Health

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.

Courtesy State of Colorado

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: