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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Over 300 volunteers in La Plata County have come together to provide thousands of personal protective equipment items (PPE) for our region's frontline workers.

KSUT's Tami Graham interviewed Michelle Reott, the Project Manager for the MakerLab sewing team, about their efforts:


KSUT Speaks with Governor Polis about Safer at Home

Apr 28, 2020

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the state's recent Safer at Home order. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the numerous and far-reaching impacts to our region, KSUT has mobilized a news team to provide coverage of both breaking news and developing stories related to the coronavirus.  Stay-tuned for weekly stories during Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered.  Stories will also be available on the KSUT website.

Last Updated 6/3/2020, 10:30 PM

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KSUT Coronavirus-related News Stories:

• June 3, 2020: La Plata County Reports First COVID-19 Outbreak at Durango Construction Site. Listen here

Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s most recent safer-at- home orders call for schools to close their doors for the remainder of the academic year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with school superintendents across La Plata County:  

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Individual artists and arts organizations have been hit hard as a result of the coronavirus. Tami Graham spoke with Margaret Hunt, Executive Director of Colorado Creative Industries regarding relief funds available to our creative sector in Colorado.  


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Animal adoptions are up nationwide. Especially now, people want the companionship and therapy that comes with having a pet. KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Floss Backburn, Founder and President of the Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Cortez to learn more:


Stay at home orders are in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus but it may be making domestic violence in some households more dangerous. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports.


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Share the Love Durango is an online store that was created to support small businesses in Durango during the COVID-19 crisis.  Tami Graham spoke with Tim Walsworth, Executive Director of Durango’s Business Improvement District, to learn more about this effort.   


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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is loosening some restrictions in the state as cases of COVID-19 start to level out a bit. Mark Duggan has more:


The coronavirus pandemic has led every entity to question what's next. Higher education is grappling with uncertainty about funding. Plus, what the fall semester will look like for returning students and incoming freshman alike. Locally, Fort Lewis College has started an emergency fund to help students. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.   

Frontline professionals put their health and lives at risk daily for our community, but the stakes of their risk and the associated additional stress at this time have never been higher.  Tami Graham spoke with Christina Rinderle about the Feed the Frontline effort to support La Plata County frontline workers.  

Support Feed the Frontlines of Durango here.  

Mercy Regional Medical Center has grown to be one of the largest and most technologically advanced hospitals in the Four Corners region. But is it prepared for a surge in care for COVID-19? KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Matt Karkut, Executive Director of Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center about the challenges posed by the Coronavirus on his constituents: 

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Even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the job of educating children continues. Developing online learning has been challenging for school officials. But as KSUT's Mark Duggan reports, it's also been a success:


The Town of Pagosa Springs is implementing local programs to help boost their local economy during this pandemic. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:


Navigating safe social distancing in the outdoors

Apr 10, 2020

Walking, hiking, biking, getting fresh air, these are all things that are a part of Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ stay at home order. But how we do that safely and with social distancing in mind is something that every outdoor enthusiast and novice alike are navigating. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

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As of Thursday, April 9, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe had no reported cases of COVID-19. The number is in stark contrast to the neighboring Navajo Nation, now with more than 450 confirmed cases. KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with the tribe's chairman about the steps they've taken to stay ahead of the pandemic.  

Jeff Susor, Executive Director of the Powerhouse Science Center & MakerLab in Durango, spoke with KSUT’s Tami Graham about an extraordinary effort in the last few weeks to develop a PAPR – or Powered Air-Purifying Respirator for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. 

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School districts in the Four Corners have had to pivot quickly to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also working to provide kids with food. KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:

Colorado is experiencing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and first responders due to COVID-19. The federal government is leaving it up to states to find their own gear in the open market. One local company, StoneAge Inc. is stepping up in a big way for the Four Corners region. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports:                        


KSUT’s Tami Graham spoke with Briggen Wrinkle from the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado about their efforts to raise and distribute over $100,000 in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis in our region.

As the focus of the coronavirus has largely been on public health and the health care system at large, more and more concern has risen around the importance of addressing mental health. KSUT's Sarah Flower talks to two local professionals about the impact of COVID-19:  

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The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the Navajo Nation particularly hard. As of Sunday, April 5th, more than 300 tribal members have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than a dozen have died. Health officials are bracing for more cases, even as much-needed supplies are starting to arrive. KSUT's Mark Duggan reports:

It's been a week since KSUT's Sarah Flower first spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about COVID-19 testing in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. A lot has happened since then. The two caught up on Sunday, April 5th with this update. Sarah Flower reports: 

As positive test results for COVID-19 are flaring up in almost every region of the Four Corners, so is community concern for accessibility to testing.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon: 


Sarah Flower interviews Governor Polis on COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020
State of Colorado

Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis speaks with KSUT’s Sarah Flower on COVID-19 and how the state is taking charge of this virus:

KSUT will broadcast the series "Coronavirus - A Weekly Report from NPR News", Sunday mornings at 11:00. 

As a public media organization, KSUT takes our role in providing timely and accurate information very seriously, including the current public health crisis.