KSUT Coronavirus Coverage

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:

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May 4, 2020

Suddenly our world is very different, filled with uncertainty for our families and communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, KSUT has mobilized a news team to provide breaking and regional stories. 

Despite losses in revenue in underwriting, festival ticket sales, and special events, Alpine Bank made an early commitment to sponsor KSUT's news coverage. In addition, generous members have contributed through donations as this has unfolded.   

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. 

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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:

Table to Farm Compost is gearing up for a busy season, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tami Graham spoke to Taylor Hanson, Managing Member, about their services and opportunities for individuals and businesses to support minimizing food waste, while maximizing local availability of compost soil. 


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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

KSUT will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. If you have official information that should be included, please submit here.

KSUT Coronavirus-related News Stories:

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

New COVID-19 Testing Options for Southwest Colorado

Apr 27, 2020

Testing shortages for COVID-19 has been an issue nationwide. Today, Southwest Colorado's testing options have expanded considerably. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 


KSUT is seeking local stories about personal experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We're broadening our initial request for "positive stories" to include more personal stories.  

What's your story? How do you remain connected? What worries you? What are you grateful for? How do you spend your days? We've posted a few submissions to start, and hope you'll consider sharing yours here

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Today marks the beginning of Colorado's Safer at home order. KSUT's Sarah Flower is joined by Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health Department, for our weekly update. 

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The pandemic has been particularly hard on small businesses. But some are relying on their regular customers and government loans to weather the storm. 

KSUT's Mark Duggan talks to two business owners in the Four Corners about the challenges of keeping the doors open:


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.  


The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of bad news. But what about the good news? The stories of people helping people. Of hope and generosity. 

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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:


April 20, 2020: KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health for a weekly update on COVID-19 in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. 

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.   

KSUT's Sarah Flower gets a closer look at COVID-19 with Dr. Jennifer Rupp from Four Corners Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, and Mercy Regional Medical Center. 


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: