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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, reporter Sarah Flower and Liane Jollon from SJBPH had their weekly conversation about Covid-19. Honoring Dr. King's legacy, they addressed how racism is also a public health issue and how the intersection of racism and a global pandemic has exploited the inequalities that have come with COVID-19.

Their discussion also touched on Jollon's response to a local group recently showing up at her home to protest state Covid-19 restrictions.


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.

 

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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.

 

 

  

  

 

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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. 

  

  

 

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The Southern Ute Indian Tribe swore in their incoming election officials this week. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more:


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.

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:


A Durango restaurant defied public health orders and continued to offer in person dining (until Monday morning 12/7), despite going against the state's Level Red Severe Risk of COVID-19 transmission guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this violation and why they’re enforcing it now.


A Durango restaurant defied public health orders and continued to offer in person dining (until Monday morning 12/7), despite going against the state's Level Red Severe Risk of COVID-19 transmission guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this violation and why they’re enforcing it now.


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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.


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:

 

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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.


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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.


There are four state constitutional amendments on the Colorado ballot this year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower discusses what a yes or no vote means with Karen Sheek, the president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.


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With just under 2 weeks until election day, November 3rd, KSUT News is partnering with the League of Women Voters to help explain this year's ballot measures. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Karen Sheek, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.


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. 


KSUT continues its series examining the Colorado State ballot measures with the help of the La Plata County League of Women Voters. In Part 2, reporter Sarah Flower and League representatives take an in-depth look at remaining ballot propositions.

 

 


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There are nearly a dozen ballot measures on the 2020 Colorado ballot. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with representatives from the League of Women Voters of La Plata County to take an indepth look at the propositions. Listen to part one of this two part story below. Part two will be broadcast and posted on Monday, October 19.


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