COVID-19

San Juan Basin Public Health Update, April 12, 2021

Apr 12, 2021

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that the state is in it’s 4th wave of COVID-19. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this wave means for Southwest Colorado.


San Juan Basin Public Health update, March 29, 2021

Mar 29, 2021

Southwest Colorado is leading the state with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as Colorado is opening up vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older on Friday. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health for their weekly COVID-19 update. 

 

 

  

Thousands of Southwest Colorado residents received the Covid-19 vaccine this weekend. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about the success of the local vaccination events, and the need to stay vigilant to protect in-person learning at schools across the region. 

  

Many local teachers, early childhood educators, and Southern Ute Indian Tribal members and employees were vaccinated in the last several days. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about how the vaccine rollouts are going, and if they're expected to protect against new variants of COVID-19 found in the U.S.


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

There have been frequent adjustments to Colorado’s vaccine rollout as it has progressed, including new changes to the state Covid-19 Status Dial, moving our region to "blue". KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about what the new metrics mean for Southwest Colorado.

  

  

courtesy of Sheila Casey

As the new White House administration takes over, KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about what new federal guidelines around COVID-19 means for local public health officials.

They also discuss the Community Vaccination Project, a successful local volunteer effort that vaccinated over 300 residents for Covid-19 over the weekend.

  

  

State of Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis addresses tackling the inequities of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and how his administration is working with Tribal communities. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more.


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.

 

courtesy of The Hive

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.


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:


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.


Ann Schimke/Chalkbeat

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.

courtesy of Mercy Regional Medical Center

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.


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