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Denver metro area school districts close for the school year

As Colorado braces for the COVID-19 peak to hit, 14 Denver metro area school districts jointly announced they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. …
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South Metro firefighters respond to a house fire in Highlands Ranch in March. Photo courtesy of South Metro Fire Rescue, via Twitter

How first responder agencies are adjusting to the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, area first responder agencies are changing protocols and learning to cope with the new normal. Here's how some local sheriff's offices and fire departments are …

More than 1,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Tri-County's jurisdiction

As of April 3, Tri-County Health Department's combined jurisdiction had 1,042 reported cases of COVID-19. Arapahoe County accounted for 501 cases, followed by Adams County with 285 and Douglas County …
Gov. Jared Polis wears a Colorado-themed mask. The governor on April 3 announced guidance that Coloradans should wear cloth masks or scarves when they leave home for essential activities such as grocery shopping. But medical masks should be reserved for workers who need them, Polis said.

Polis urges Coloradans to wear cloth masks in public

Gov. Jared Polis wants Colorado “converting to a mask culture.” That's how the governor put it during a news conference where he urged Coloradans to wear face coverings any time they go out of …
Passengers board a light rail train bound for downtown Denver from the downtown Littleton station last summer.

RTD slashing service amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Regional Transportation District is cutting service by 40% in response to plummeting demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders issued March 26 have forced nonessential businesses to …

Bobbie Jo Dodson and her fiance, Trent Stein, were forced to reschedule their March 28 wedding because of COVID-19 closures.

Wedding bells falling silent as COVID-19 disrupts plans, industry

Bobbie Jo Dodson waited to reschedule her wedding, clinging to hope she and her fiancé could enjoy some semblance of the event they spent a year planning, until the choice to reschedule was no …
Education

Douglas County School District closes campuses for remainder of school year

More than a dozen Denver metro area school districts, including the Douglas County School District, jointly announced April 3 they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the …

Douglas County schools closed through at least April 30

The Douglas County School District will remain closed to in-person learning through April 30 after Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on April 1 mandating all public and private schools …
Sarah Kinney passes out meals at East Elementary School in Littleton on March 23. With schools closed because of COVID-19, Littleton Public Schools plans to keep distributing free breakfasts and lunches to all kids under 18 for the foreseeable future.

Colorado extends statewide school closure through April 30

Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide school closure through April 30, lining up with federal social distancing guidelines that the White House extended to the end of the month. 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 …

Kristen Sortman prepares a bagel for 3-year-old Flynn from the sack lunch they picked up a South Ridge Elementary School on March 23.

Douglas County schools begin offering free lunch, breakfast

On the first day the Douglas County School District offered free meals to children during coronavirus-spurred school closures, Jen Peifer, manager of operations for the district's Nutrition Services …
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Horan & McConaty, which has seven funeral homes in the Denver metro area, is allowing clients who have a private memorial during the COVID-19 crisis to have a free public memorial once the state's prohibition on large gatherings is lifted.
COVID-19

With gatherings prohibited, two options for funeral services: livestream or postpone

While losing a loved one at any time is difficult, planning a funeral has been made even more complicated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to halt gatherings. With the statewide stay-at-home …
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..

Distilleries lend a hand to meet demand

Around the time a national increase in COVID-19 cases began leading to product shortages, Spring44 Distilling in Loveland planned to make one highly demanded product — hand sanitizer — on-site. …

ToGoDenver.com helps restaurants amid pandemic

Statewide mandated dine-in closures, issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have left local restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed. Many now offer curbside …
Mark Meek, a King Soopers checker, checks out chocolate milk mix. King Soopers has recently modified its hours to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused grocery stores to be consistently busy in many parts of the state.

Grocery store employees adjust to a changed reality

Richard Schemmel calmly stocked apples at the King Soopers at 7984 W. Alameda Ave. in Lakewood on March 20. Schemmel, produce manager for the store, smiled — and from the look on his face, you …

Priscilla Freed, right, owner of Camp MissFits in Littleton, and Jess Gerard lead a virtual workout class for their clients at home March 19. Freed said before the pandemic broke out she wanted to implement virtual workouts within about two years.

Fitness center keeps its clients moving virtually amid pandemic

The future came fast for Priscilla Freed. The owner of Camp MissFits, a women's fitness center in Littleton, started her first virtual workouts March 17 in a new space large enough to accommodate a …
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