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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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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 …

COVID-19 testing not widely available to younger, healthy Coloradans

Nearly a month into the spread of COVID-19 through Colorado, testing for the illness is prioritized for health-care workers, hospitalized patients, and a long list of other vulnerable groups. At the …

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 …
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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' …
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 …

Douglas County School board revokes elementary's charter

The Douglas County School Board revoked the charter for HOPE Online Learning Academy's elementary school in March at the direction of the state board of education. HOPE's elementary school will close …

Douglas County schools closed through April 17

Amid heightened efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis on March 18 announced an executive order prohibiting all in-person learning in Colorado's public and private schools through …
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Root & Mane hair salon in Lone Tree is providing drop-off bags for clients to do their own touch-ups at home.

Lone Tree salon offers drop-off touch-ups amid pandemic

Marissa Harmon wanted to find a way to reach her customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the closure of many businesses, including salons. The owner of Roots & Mane in Lone Tree …
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. …
Sky Ridge Medical Center is preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 outbreaks as cases continue to rise in Douglas County. Photo by Nick Puckett.

'Panic is our worst enemy,' Sky Ridge official says, as hospital braces for 'surge'

Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree reports it has plenty of supplies to handle the ever-worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the Denver metro area and throughout the country, but it is preparing for the …

Park Meadows open, but most stores closed

Park Meadows, the state's largest indoor mall, remained open as of March 23 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, though most stores and the dining hall were closed. Plans called for the mall in Lone Tree to …

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 …
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