KSUT COVID-19 Coverage

San Juan Basin Public Health

Colorado has released a new Safer At Home Dashboard Dial for counties to assess how to reopen. KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about these metrics and how it applies to Southwest Colorado.

Mark Duggan

Local groups that address hunger are finding that the coronavirus has a hidden silver lining. It's led to a swell of support and more focus on food resources in the Four Corners.

The COVID-19 positivity rate for Southwest Colorado remains under 2%. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about the metrics needed to further open up the community.


courtesy Durango Playfest

A star-studded line-up of actors has pitched in to help Durango PlayFest bring the arts to people’s homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theatre alive and thriving through this pandemic. Actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), a long-standing PlayFest supporter and one of the festival’s founders, decided to harness the writing talents of dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create original vignettes of three to ten minutes each. KSUT's Tami Graham spoke with Lauria about the video series Actors' Journal:


Sarah Flower

Ballots for the 2020 General Election will be sent out next month. Colorado is one of nine states that conducts their elections by mail. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports on how area Clerk and Recorders are managing this election year.

A Zoom video recording of Flower's discussion with La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker, Montezuma County's Kim Percell and Archuleta County's Kristy Archuleta can be viewed below.

The devastating economic effects of COVID-19 are very real. For some, paying bills, putting food on the table, and keeping a roof over their heads are daunting. A newly established non-profit has stepped up to help those in need. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks to founder Matt Taylor with AidToAll La Plata:


Dig Deep

Most of us take hot and cold running water and a flush toilet for granted. But for some residents of the Navajo Nation, it's a luxury they don't get to enjoy at home. Some studies show up to a third of Navajo households lack indoor plumbing. But several projects now underway are trying to bridge what's known as the “water gap.”


Here are the latest state and regional COVID-19 numbers. The graphs compare data from August and July. County figures indicate total positive cases.

There are many metrics and data in how a state and county handle COVID-19. Reporter Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about the positivity rate and what that data looks like. 

 

 


courtesy of Mercy Regional Medical Center

COVID-19 has taken its toll on our nation's hospitals. Rural communities have their own challenges. Mike Murphy, CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center spoke with KSUT’s Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview about the region's largest hospital, its COVID-19 response, tracking cases and data, and being prepared moving forward.


Today is the first day of school for Fort Lewis College. Last week, the college conducted over 1500 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, four of which came back positive for the virus. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how those numbers are counted in our region.   

TV pilot being shot in Montezuma County

Aug 21, 2020
Mark Duggan

A television show pilot that will be shot in Montezuma County this fall aims to put the area on the filmmaking map. It's also an opportunity for the show's creators to revel in the Four Corners backdrop they call home.

Novelist Chuck Greaves, who lives southwest of Cortez, and director, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, a recent transplant to Mancos, both say they want to showcase the region's diverse beauty in the show, called “Badwater.”

State of Colorado

Governor Polis spoke to reporter Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview regarding schools reopening, funding public health, local Indian Tribes' response, and other statewide issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Lianne Jollon about the upcoming flu season coinciding with COVID-19.


Red Feather Development Group

Up to a third of the households on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations lack access to clean running water. This can be a particular problem for maintaining hygiene, especially during a pandemic. Now an Arizona organization is installing self-contained handwashing stations for tribal members.


Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College will provide COVID-19 testing for students and staff as it opens for in-person and remote learning this fall. College President Tom Stritikus talks with KSUT's Sarah Flower about their plans for reopening and the changes students can expect:


In the coming weeks, schools and colleges across the region are preparing to open their doors. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about the importance of schools reopening safely, and the status of public health departments across the state.


Take a virtual tour of KSUT's new building: The Eddie Box, Jr. Media Center

Aug 9, 2020

KSUT was in the midst of preparing to move into the new Eddie Box Jr. Media Center this spring, when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted those plans, like so many others. While the move was delayed, significant progress has been made in recent weeks and the station hopes to be operational in the new building by mid-September. Join Executive Director Tami Graham for a quick video tour of the state-of-the-art facility as new equipment is installed and the finishing touches are completed.

With unemployment rates skyrocketing, more families are facing economic hardship. That means some can’t afford to give their children basic school supplies. One group in Montezuma County is trying to help. KSUT's Mark Duggan reports:


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.


A Colorado man spreads art across the internet

Jul 31, 2020

If you have a social media feed, chances are that you've seen something that was posted by a “bot.” Short for robot, they're little computer programs that automatically post to social media. Sometimes they post highly-polarizing political content that's meant to provoke. But one Colorado man has found a way to use them for good...spreading art across the internet. KSUT's Mark Duggan introduces us to him:


Bayfield and Durango School Districts are currently working with their draft plan for reopening this fall. Ignacio and Montezuma-Cortez School Districts have theirs officially in place. In Part 2 of KSUT's reopening schools report, Sarah Flower looks at how districts plan to move forward for learning next month. 

As School districts across the country grapple with plans for reopening this fall, some schools in southwest Colorado are planning for full in-person learning.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story. 


KSUT’s Sarah Flower met via Zoom earlier this week with school administrators from Cortez, Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio to discuss each district's approach to reopening their schools. 

San Juan Basin Public Health

Mercy Regional Medical Center recently announced they're reducing the hours and number of diagnostic COVID-19 tests at their free community testing site. In their weekly update, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about limited capacity testing and how regional entities are trying to fill the gap.


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A new program seeks to connect Navajo and Hopi entrepreneurs with micro-loans to help them through the pandemic. It's known as “Kinship Lending” and has helped artists and small businesses.

KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Jessica Stago of Change Lab, a Native-owned business resource group that runs the loan program:

 

As families, faculty and staff wait for schools to potentially reopen in the fall, the Colorado Department of Education has released new statewide guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 


Last Friday, Colorado issued a statewide face covering mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's office released data over the weekend showing the state could run out of ICU beds by early September if Colorado’s increase in positive COVID-19 numbers continues to rise.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower joins Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department to talk about that mandate and our case numbers regionally. 


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:


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