COVID-19's IMPACT
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‘He was my everything’

Steve Evans thought he was coming down with a common bug. He developed a light, wet cough, and an upset stomach. He felt increasingly tired. After a couple of days, the 51-year-old Castle Rock man …
Libby Bortz Assisted Living in Littleton.

At least four dead of COVID-19 at Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living

At least four residents have died of COVID-19 at Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living home, according to the Tri-County Health Department. Another resident from the facility died before a test …
Gov. Jared Polis speaks to reporters May 7.

Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order extended to April 26

Just as Gov. Jared Polis invoked Americans' sacrifice in World War II when he announced Colorado's stay-at-home order nearly two weeks earlier, he again called up the dire and communal spirit of that …
Smoky Hill senior goalkeeper Mackenna Heiden is hoping CHSAA will find a way to recognize seniors who were supposed to play spring sports before the suspension of play.

For teams' seniors, it's a spring of frustration

High school spring sports athletes and coaches spent weeks in limbo, waiting to see if they would be able to play. The Colorado High School Activities Association first suspended all spring …
Cherry Creek Innovation Campus personnel worked to 3D print components of medical masks to aid the fight against COVID-19.

Cherry Creek 3D prints pieces for medical masks

The Cherry Creek School District is 3D-printing pieces for hundreds of personal protective masks, a key component for medical personnel in the fight against COVID-19, according to a news release from …
Larry Anderson receives a cup of coffee from Makayla Creech, a volunteer for Movement 5280, a group that assists at-risk and homeless young adults and other homeless residents. The organization is part of Change the Trend’s effort to deliver groceries to vulnerable populations in Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan.

Seniors, vulnerable can get resources, grocery delivery

Englewood resident Adelmo Vallejos says he tries to not think about how he is suffering from kidney cancer, but sometimes he will wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about his …
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 a  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
Castle Rock Woodworks has been creating different projects each week that are free to the community, like birdhouse kits that can be built. The kits can be picked up outside Jerry Powell’s house. Powell is the owner of Castle Rock Woodworks.
It’s about time (on their hands)
Castle Rock resident Jerry Powell says business owners have a greater responsibility for their community than do the residents who … Read More
Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch
At least five residents of Highlands Ranch retirement community test positive for COVID-19
At least five residents and one employee at Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch have tested positive for COVID-19, … Read More
The playground at Dad Clark Park is closed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Highlands Ranch gets outside
Nearly a week into the state's stay-at-home order, many Highlands Ranch residents left their homes to enjoy a sunny afternoon April 1. … Read More
Arapahoe Community College's main campus in Littleton.
ACC gets creative as diverse courses go online
As Arapahoe Community College works to move diverse course offerings online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition is easier for … Read More
A different kind of daily grind
Some people find that working from home goes just fine for them. But Golden resident Eric Rasch says he isn’t one of them. That’s … 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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