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To make online learning work, Jefferson County teachers get creative

Every year at Arvada's Drake Middle School, students taking family and consumer science look forward to the cooking unit above all. So, when teacher Kristina Herrin learned that the unit would …

GOP state senators criticize Polis on stay-at-home order

Nearly the entire list of state Senate Republicans signed a letter to Gov. Jared Polis that criticized Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, arguing that …
Dr. Mark Elliott.

Littleton Adventist doctor:'This is far beyond the flu'

As the number of COVID-19 infections ramps up, Littleton Adventist Hospital is bracing for the impact. “This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon,” said Dr. Mark Elliott, the president of medical …

Legislators urge Douglas County commissioners to cancel Tri-County Health contract

In a letter addressed to the Douglas County commissioners, state legislators representing the community have urged the board to end its contract with the Tri-County Health Department after the agency …

With state directive in place, local health departments rescind stay-at-home orders

A day after announcing stay-at-home orders, three metro area public health departments have rescinded those orders and adopted the set of rules handed down by the state. The morning of March 25, …

Mandy Henry, 40, works on a chalk drawing of Santa Claus on the driveway of her Highlands Ranch home. Henry's 17-year-old daughter completed the stain-glass style chalk art in the front using painters tape.

Highlands Ranch neighborhood hosts driveway chalk event

Westridge Meadows residents showed off their creative side March 25 during a driveway chalk festival organized by a neighbor. Residents of the Highlands Ranch neighborhood were invited to spend time …
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
Elizabeth Stampede canceled due to COVID-19
For the first time since World War II, the Elizabeth Stampede has been canceled this year, out of an abundance of caution and respect … Read More
Austin Adamson, co-owner and distiller at Lakewood distillery Ballmer Peak, adjusts the equipment that distills ethanol to be made into hand sanitizer. "This is an effort to get more hand sanitizer to the people who want it and calm some of the panic," Adamson said..
Flooded with hand sanitizer requests, distilleries work to meet demand
Around the time a national increase in COVID-19 cases began leading to product shortages, Spring44 Distilling in Loveland planned to … Read More
State warns of scammers exploiting COVID-19
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is warning Coloradans to beware of possible charity scams during the COVID-19 public health … Read More
RTD approves plan to reduce services starting April 19
Service changes originally planned for May, along with a service-reduction plan to address COVID-19, were approved March 24 by the … Read More
A grand opening ceremony at a new South Metro Fire Rescue Station last year.
South Metro Fire orders 12 firefighters to self-isolate
Twelve firefighters with South Metro Fire Rescue have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after two firefighters tested … 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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