KSUT COVID-19 Coverage

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.

 

 


COVID-19 cases are increasing across the states of Colorado and New Mexico. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and recent outbreaks in La Plata County. 

 

As COVID-19 spreads within the White House, KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, from San Juan Basin Public Health for a local perspective on how the virus affected the nation's highest office. 


San Juan Basin Public Health Department is reporting the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Archuleta County. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 


La Plata and Archuleta Counties are moving into Stage One status of the Safer-at-Home dial established by the State of Colorado. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about that distinction and how it affects these counties:


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.

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