Sarah Flower

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. 


May 18, 2020: KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department for their weekly update. Today, they talk in depth about Colorado’s COVID-19 death count, including the one reported death to date, in La Plata County.


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Pagosa Town Council unanimously approved a variance request from local businesses to open their doors before the state of Colorado’s suggested date of May 25, 2020. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 

Testing kits for COVID-19 are still difficult to come by in some parts of the country. Regionally, one diagnostic lab is providing unlimited tests for COVID-19 antibodies. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


La Plata County recorded its first fatality due to COVID-19 this weekend. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department, Liane Jollon on this topic and others making news this week:

 


Starting today, non-critical businesses in La Plata County can open their doors with strict public health measures in place. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checked in with local business owners, and Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health for this story:

Local shelters in Durango have seen their maximum capacity numbers cut in half due to social distancing restrictions in trying to stop the spread of COVID-19. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


As COVID-19 numbers increase dramatically in the city of Gallup, New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended the lockdown order. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports: 


May 4th Update From San Juan Basin Public Health

May 4, 2020

As La Plata County enters its first full week of the Safer La Plata order, KSUT’s Sarah Flower has the weekly update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department. 


With restaurants limited to take-out, grocery store shelves scarce, and COVID-19 outbreaks at major meat packing plants, communities are turning to local farmers for sustenance. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports:


La Plata County is now joining several other counties across Colorado in delaying the opening of some businesses until May 8, due to COVID-19.  San Juan Basin Health has issued a public health order to control the spread of the virus with a phased approach to reopening.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:


KSUT Speaks with Governor Polis about Safer at Home

Apr 28, 2020

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the state's recent Safer at Home order. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the numerous and far-reaching impacts to our region, KSUT has mobilized a news team to provide coverage of both breaking news and developing stories related to the coronavirus.  Stay-tuned for weekly stories during Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered.  Stories will also be available on the KSUT website.

New COVID-19 Testing Options for Southwest Colorado

Apr 27, 2020

Testing shortages for COVID-19 has been an issue nationwide. Today, Southwest Colorado's testing options have expanded considerably. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


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Today marks the beginning of Colorado's Safer at home order. KSUT's Sarah Flower is joined by Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health Department, for our weekly update. 


Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s most recent safer-at- home orders call for schools to close their doors for the remainder of the academic year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with school superintendents across La Plata County:  


Stay at home orders are in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus but it may be making domestic violence in some households more dangerous. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports.

 


April 20, 2020: KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health for a weekly update on COVID-19 in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. 

The coronavirus pandemic has led every entity to question what's next. Higher education is grappling with uncertainty about funding. Plus, what the fall semester will look like for returning students and incoming freshman alike. Locally, Fort Lewis College has started an emergency fund to help students. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.   

KSUT's Sarah Flower gets a closer look at COVID-19 with Dr. Jennifer Rupp from Four Corners Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, and Mercy Regional Medical Center. 

 


KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Matt Karkut, Executive Director of Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center about the challenges posed by the Coronavirus on his constituents: 


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