Sarah Flower

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.


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.


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.


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. 


Almost half of the states in the U.S. now require wearing face coverings in public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While several Colorado municipalities have local mandates, the state still has not implemented any regulations. Sarah Flower reports on Governor Polis's latest update.


Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the growing evidence of airborne spread of COVID-19 after being urged to do so by over 200 scientists internationally. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke to Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this means regionally and how it affects local response to the virus. 


Concerts around the world have been canceled until further notice, and musicians are struggling with how to make a living and what’s next in their career. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with local musician Caitlin Cannon about how she’s had to pivot her summer tour, and the release of her latest album.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020
courtesy San Juan Basin Public Health

As positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow in La Plata and Archuleta Counties, KSUT’s Sarah Flower gets an update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

With July Fourth coming up on Saturday, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower speaks to San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about the recent spike in local COVID-19 cases, and how to celebrate the holiday safely.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 22, 2020

Jun 22, 2020

San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting recent cases of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 at local testing sites who are not residents of Archuleta or La Plata counties, and are not counted in the agency’s case counts.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Executive Director Liane Jollon about how those cases are being reported, the work that public health agencies do for contact tracing, and ongoing prevention efforts.


Coping with Grief During COVID-19

Jun 19, 2020

Coping with the loss of a loved one or other painful experience during COVID-19 presents new challenges for our society. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Judy Austin, the Executive Director of the Grief Center of Southwest Colorado about how the experience of grieving has changed and what can be done to help.


With food insecurity rising at an alarming rate worldwide due to COVID-19, one local soup kitchen is answering the call. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.

Tami Graham/KSUT

KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, from San Juan Basin Public Health for their weekly update, touching on the impacts of COVID-19 on wildfire response.


 

COVID-19 testing is now available to all residents in the Four Corners region. Sarah Flower reports:


Beginning today, June 9, 2020, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will offer voluntary COVID-19 viral testing for its tribal membership from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. through June 11. Priority will be given to Tribal Elders and tribal members with self-diagnosed vulnerabilities the first hour of each day. Sarah Flower reports:

 

 

More information can be found here.

This week, KSUT Reporter Sarah Flower and San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon discuss several COVID-related issues. These include: systemic racism from a public health perspective, protest gatherings and face coverings, new public health orders and the great outdoors, regional contact tracing, and preventing further outbreaks. 


Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that residents in senior care facilities and nursing homes might be able to have visitors in the near future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:


La Plata County is reporting its first workplace outbreak of COVID-19 at a construction site in Durango. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon:

 

 

 

 


Not every resident in the Four Corners region has access to financial assistance from the federal government. One local grassroots organization is helping to fill those gaps. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 

More information on the Four Corners Mutual Aid Network  can be found here.

Under Colorado Governor Jared Polis, restaurants across the state are able to open today, but in La Plata County, they need to self certify before they can do so. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

With a new face covering mandate and local protests, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower checks in with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon for their weekly update. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, this story will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 26 at 2:30 PM, but you can listen here:


Spending a Safe Memorial Day Weekend on Public Lands

May 20, 2020

Camping, barbecuing and outdoor recreation are popular Memorial Day weekend activities. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Eric Coulter of the Colorado Southwest Bureau of Land Management, about how to do that safely on public lands.


Durango to Require Face Coverings in Public Places

May 20, 2020

The City of Durango is expected to sign a new face covering mandate to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Friday, May 22. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:


Researchers continue to learn more about COVID-19 daily, including how it affects children. KSUT Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Dr. Cecile Fraley of Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, to discuss recent findings on COVID-19 and a rare but​ serious health condition in children called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome.


Primary voting ballots will go out in the mail to La Plata County residents on June 8. COVID-19 has changed what voting in person will look like locally. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story. 


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