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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
Andrea Doray

A digital testament to those we’ve lost

“On one of our walks during quarantine, my mom and I talked about how sad it was that people were dying and their loved ones couldn’t memorialize them or celebrate their lives. We decided we …
Tri-County Health Department is based in Greenwood Village. The health department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Claim that only '6%' of COVID-19 deaths are due to virus misinterprets data

The notion widely shared on social media that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the U.S. COVID-19 death count by 94% — from nearly 154,000 down to just over 9,000 — …
CCM coverage of coronavirus

These are unprecedented times.

The health threat of COVID-19 — and the social, educational and economic disruptions caused in its wake — are severe and complex.

Colorado Community Media publishes 20 community newspapers in the Denver metro area in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. Our mission has always been to build community through trustworthy, quality journalism that tells the local stories no one else will. We care deeply about the communities we report about every week. And in these difficult times, we pledge to not only continue chronicling the information you need to know about COVID-19, but also the stories that tell how the virus is affecting the families, businesses and institutions of each community and what we are all doing to cope and help each other out.

We cannot do it alone though.

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you. Share with us the kinds of stories you’d like to see from your local news. Tell us about the challenges you’re facing — and the kindnesses you’ve encountered that help connect communities and prop us up during difficult times. Email us at  newsdesk@coloradocommunitymedia.com  or check out this website's contact page to find your neighborhood's specific reporter.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses named for the microscopic view of crownlike spikes on their surfaces, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), which have seen outbreaks in the past, according to the CDC. COVID-19 — standing for “coronavirus disease 2019” — first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most people develop only mild symptoms, according to Denver Public Health. But according to the CDC, some — usually those with severe underlying health conditions or older adults — develop more serious symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Technically, COVID-19 is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2.

PANDEMIC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE METRO AREA
The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners, from left, comprises Roger Partridge, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.
In letter to Polis, Douglas County commissioners ask to reopen restaurants
In a letter to Gov. Jared Polis sent Nov. 25, Douglas County commissioners requested that the county be allowed to start a variance … Read More
Tri-County Health Department is based in Greenwood Village. The health department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. File photo
Health department rescinds closure orders for five Douglas County restaurants
The Tri-County Health Department has rescinded orders to close sent to five Douglas County restaurants, each located in Parker and … Read More
Chris Bogert, general manager at Landsdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch, stands behind the host desk at the restaurant just hours before indoor dining in the county became prohibited.
Douglas County offers funding to help businesses struggling as new COVID-19 restrictions kick in
Douglas County restaurant owners are feeling increasingly anxious about the coming months as new restrictions related to preventing … Read More
Sloan Wiggins and Matt Shanahan are assistant managers at MiYO Cafe in Castle Rock, which is preparing to close indoor dining amid new COVID-19 restrictions.
As Douglas County restaurants cease indoor dining, some consider defying new COVID-19 orders
As the deadline to cease indoor dining loomed, several Douglas County restaurants were debating how — and if — to comply with the … Read More
Partridge
Douglas County commissioners say they didn’t agree to move to tighter COVID-19 rules
In a letter to the state health department sent Thursday evening, Douglas County commissioners said the director of the department had … Read More
COVID-19 RESOURCES

Trusted web resources

The State of Colorado's official COVID-19 information site 

This site includes the latest statewide news, including the most up-to-date infection and death figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,  the latest statements from the Governor, as well as  web links and phone numbers for state services. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes basic information about the disease, and  a link to individual state health department sites.

World Health Organization 

The WHO's rolling update page, giving the latest news about the global pandemic situation.

Distance learning resources for parents

The good news for stressed parents is that there are more online resources to help parents keep children learning and intellectually engaged. The link above lists several resources, but you can also check out the back catalogue of CCM's longtime education columnist too, Esther Macalady, for a wealth of home-based activity ideas

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