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Swedish Medical Center gears up for surge in COVID-19

Swedish Medical Center Emergency Medical Director Dylan Luyten wears multiple hats for the Englewood hospital. Luyten, who has been with Swedish since 2003, works both clinically and administratively …

Colorado stay-at-home order likely to extend past April 11

Colorado's steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be paying off, but the statewide stay-at-home order will likely be extended past its initial expiration date of April 11, Gov. Jared Polis …
Briana Harmon works on assignments as older sister Skylar looks on.

Douglas County School District dives into remote education

On March 24, Ava Bray was excited to work on school assignments after the Douglas County School District's spring break ended — and even more excited to be doing so from Florida. The 7-year-old was …
Brandy Sims beside the car she and her husband live in beside the South Platte River. Like many people without homes, Sims has seen her meager amenities dry up as widespread closures shut off access to everything from showers to power outlets.

Stay-at-home orders create crisis for those without home

Brandy Sims just wants to take a shower. “A woman wants to keep clean,” said Sims, 41. “I'd go without food if I could just wash my hair.” She and her husband have been sleeping in their car …

Major disaster declaration approved for Colorado

The federal government approved a major disaster declaration for the effects of COVID-19 in Colorado, the governor's office announced March 28. The declaration allows Colorado to receive assistance …

Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy tests positive for COVID-19

An Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office deputy has tested positive for COVID-19, the office announced in a March 27 news release. “The deputy is being supported and resources are available to the …
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
Bob and Linda Karcz took a stroll through downtown Castle Rock on March 25 as news broke that the Tri-County Health Department would issue a stay-at-home order effective 8 a.m. on March 26.
Douglas County residents taking life ‘a week at at a time’
Douglas County residents Bob and Linda Karcz strolled through a quiet downtown Castle Rock the morning of March 25 as news broke that … Read More
Sarena Williams and her mother, Melissa Thompson, enjoyed a takeout cup of coffee together on March 25 while waiting for Thompson’s car to get an oil change in Castle Rock.
‘I hope it blows over’
Elizabeth resident Melissa Thompson sat in Castle Rock’s Festival Park on March 25, enjoying a takeout cup of coffee with her … Read More
Castle Rock hospital prepares for escalation of COVID-19
Jon Massey, the director of acute care services at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, has worked within the Centura Health network for 22 … Read More
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 … Read More
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
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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