KSUT COVID-19 Coverage

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.

 

Pagosa Springs Medical Center

Rural hospitals face different challenges when it comes to fighting COVID-19 and executing the rollout of vaccines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Dr. Rhonda Webb, CEO of Pagosa Springs Medical Center about how they’re faring at this point in the pandemic.


Public health officials across the country are scrambling for enough COVID-19 vaccine to accommodate the needs of their communities.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how the vaccine rollout is progressing in Southwest Colorado.

 

 

  

  

 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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.


The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic has left many in Southwest Colorado concerned about where they’ll get their next meal. Some are facing the difficult choice of which basic need is going to be met. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 


Durango Food Bank Dump Hunger Food Drive: Ska Brewing will host the "Dump Hunger Food Drive" from 10 AM - 5 PM, this Friday and Saturday, 12/18-19, at their World Headquarters in Bodo Park in Durango. The public can drive through and donate non-perishable foods. All monetary donations will be matched by C&J Gravel.

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:


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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.  

The days and weeks following Thanksgiving are generally some of the busiest for businesses and holiday shoppers. This year, local stores are quieter due to COVID-19 restrictions. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health to talk about balancing the economy and public health.


Analysts across the country are finding that the impact of the coronavirus on food insecurities is greater than what the nation experienced during the Great Depression. With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, one group in Southwest Colorado is taking the lead on serving meals to those in need. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Ann Morse, Executive Director of Manna Soup Kitchen about local food insecurities.


Thanksgiving week is upon us and public health officials across the country are urging people not to gather with friends or family outside of their immediate household. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about ways to share time with others safely this Thanksgiving.


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:

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.


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:

 

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.


Sarah Flower

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, school districts and colleges in southwest Colorado are moving to remote learning. One of the region's largest school districts, Durango 9R, pivoted from in-person to remote learning today. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more:

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.


Scott Franz/Colorado Capitol Coverage

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. 


courtesy of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

Senator Michael Bennet toured Southwest Colorado on Indigenous Peoples' Day, Monday, October 12. Reporter Sarah Flower had an exclusive interview with the Senator about his experience talking with residents and the issues they face due to COVID-19 and beyond.

 

 


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