COVID-19

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, reporter Sarah Flower and Liane Jollon from SJBPH had their weekly conversation about Covid-19. Honoring Dr. King's legacy, they addressed how racism is also a public health issue and how the intersection of racism and a global pandemic has exploited the inequalities that have come with COVID-19.

Their discussion also touched on Jollon's response to a local group recently showing up at her home to protest state Covid-19 restrictions.


Gov. Jared Polis needed a dry-erase board and some math skills on Friday as he attempted to clarify Colorado’s current vaccine distribution situation in front of a live TV audience.

Polis kicked off his latest COVID-19 update by blasting the Trump administration, saying it lied to Colorado and other states about speeding up distribution of millions of vaccine doses from a national reserve.

“I’m not going to cast dispersions; my guess is it’s gross incompetence,” he said.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, marginalized communities have experienced greater inequities. 4 Corners Mutual Aid Network has been trying to fill those gaps. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more.

 

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Finding a safe way to connect has been one of the biggest challenges for local youth during this pandemic. The Hive Durango has helped fill that void. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

  

  

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.


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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:


A Durango restaurant defied public health orders and continued to offer in person dining (until Monday morning 12/7), despite going against the state's Level Red Severe Risk of COVID-19 transmission guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this violation and why they’re enforcing it now.


A Durango restaurant defied public health orders and continued to offer in person dining (until Monday morning 12/7), despite going against the state's Level Red Severe Risk of COVID-19 transmission guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this violation and why they’re enforcing it now.


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Colorado Governor Jared Polis appeared Tuesday for the first time since testing positive with COVID-19 last weekend. It was in a virtual press conference with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning to grieve over ancestors lost to massacres, land grabs and European-borne illness.

Today, Native Americans are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. The Indian Health Service federal agency reported a 25% positivity rate among Native Americans in the Great Plains, which includes North and South Dakota.

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.

La Plata County has seen over 200 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 5 days. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and how to help slow the spread of the virus.


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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.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has instructed state residents to shelter in place for 14 days due to an alarming increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has this report:

 

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.

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As Southwest Colorado’s positive COVID-19 cases are surging, all eyes are on area hospitals. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Mike Murphy, interim CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center for an exclusive interview.


An increase in COVID-19 cases in La Plata County can be traced back to social gatherings around Halloween. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this recent spike.


  

La Plata County's daily number of positive COVID-19 cases has reached its peak this week. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with San Juan Basin Public Health's Lianne Jollon about the alarming number of cases in the community, and the need to aggressively slow the spread of infection.

 

Positive COVID-19 cases are increasing swiftly in Southwest Colorado, as they are around the country. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this situation, and more for their weekly update.


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.

La Plata County moves to Safer at Home Level 2, effective today, October 26, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about what changes need to be made, and how that will help to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


In order to reduce community transmission and slow a rise in cases that threatens our school learning models and our local economy, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are moving La Plata County to Safer at Home Level 2 as of Monday, October 26, 2020. 

As many are gearing up for Halloween this year, Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health speaks with KSUT’s Sarah Flower about how to celebrate safely. 


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