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 …
A team at Smiths Group, a global technology business, carries out final testing on new ventilators being produced for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. A group of companies supporting the push for ventilators in the U.K. includes Arrow Electronics, headquartered in Centennial. Arrow also is pushing to increase ventilator production and COVID-19 testing capacity in the United States.

Arrow works on ventilators project, looks to boost virus testing

One of Centennial's largest employers is lending its forward-thinking tech expertise to a collaboration of businesses that aims to build thousands of ventilators — machines that help hospital …
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 …
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, according to a statement from the community on April 7. “We have …
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
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COVID-19's impact: Voices from the community
“I have been practicing law for over 27 years and now practice part-time and take care of our sons. My husband, Mark, is working … Read More
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
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
The face shields were donated to Sky Ridge Medical Center and teachers are continuing to make them.
Teachers create face shields on 3D printers
Douglas County teachers are stepping up to help health-care providers facing a shortage of protective gear by using high-tech tools to … 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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