Coronavirus

Axis Health and SJBPH partner to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in La Plata County
Aug07

Axis Health and SJBPH partner to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in La Plata County

Axis Health System (Axis) and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) are partnering to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing at the La Plata Integrated Healthcare clinic which is located at 1970 E 3rd Avenue in Durango next to the Durango Public Library. Drive-through community testing will be available Wednesday’s from 10am-4pm by appointment only. Testing will start on Wednesday, June 10th and continue through August 26th. Because...

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New stimulus check requirements? How the eligibility qualifications could change
Aug07

New stimulus check requirements? How the eligibility qualifications could change

As the negotiators of the next stimulus package work on the new bill, could more members of your household be eligible for the second $1,200 stimulus payment? Here’s the status of who would qualify under the relief bill. As talks on the next coronavirus stimulus bill grind into their second weekend, negotiations between the White House and Democrats are teetering on the edge. “We want to reach an agreement,” House...

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U.S. government engages Pfizer to produce millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Jul26

U.S. government engages Pfizer to produce millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine

July 22 (Reuters) – The United States government said on Wednesday it will pay $1.95 billion for Pfizer Inc to produce and deliver 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the United States. The agreement allows the U.S. government to acquire an additional 500 million doses, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense said. (Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak...

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Promising Coronavirus Research Looks at Elderberry
Jul21

Promising Coronavirus Research Looks at Elderberry

Over the past few months our ability to successfully combat COVID-19 with medications has been disappointing. There was some early hope with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. More recent studies strongly suggest no benefit and maybe even increased mortality. Remdesivir, an anti-viral medication, is showing some benefit in early animal studies. Human studies are underway. The drawback to medications is that they are utilized once an...

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REC Center Reopens!
Jul20

REC Center Reopens!

Recreation Center Reopening – Welcome Back! Durango Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the Durango Community Recreation Center has reopen!  The health and safety of the community is our top priority, and the City appreciates your patience and flexibility in the navigation of this first phase of reopening. Recreation Center guests are asked to abide by the guidelines below to keep the staff and the community safe...

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Colorado governor issues mandatory, statewide mask order
Jul17

Colorado governor issues mandatory, statewide mask order

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday issued a statewide mandatory mask order for public places that takes effect 12:01 a.m. Friday. The mandate requires anyone older than 10 to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Polis also said Coloradans should continue to stay 6 feet apart from each other and avoid gathering in large groups. “The virus doesn’t stop at city lines,” Polis said. The mandate is meant to provide “moral and scientific clarity”...

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How Restaurants Cope with New Normal
Jul17

How Restaurants Cope with New Normal

We talked with three restaurant owners about their adjustments to social-distancing recommendations as they re-open for business, and some of the changes look like they’re here to stay!

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239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne
Jul06

239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.   The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the...

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Workplace Safety and Health Concerns and Paid Sick Leave a Right for All Amid COVID-19
Jul02

Workplace Safety and Health Concerns and Paid Sick Leave a Right for All Amid COVID-19

On average, 112 occupational deaths occur in Colorado annually, and thousands of workers are injured or become sick from work-related exposure, according to the  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As businesses prepare to reopen,  Durango’s face-covering order has been extended indefinitely to curb the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Democrat lawmakers emphasize that protecting essential...

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Trump hints at ‘generous’ second coronavirus stimulus check. Here’s how much you could get
Jun26

Trump hints at ‘generous’ second coronavirus stimulus check. Here’s how much you could get

President Trump signaled Monday that he’s open to a second stimulus check for Americans still reeling financially from the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic lockdown. Asked during an interview by Scripps reporter Joe St. George whether he plans to give another cash payment to some Americans, Trump said: “Yeah we are. We are.” “We will be doing another stimulus package,” he added....

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A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely
Jun23

A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely

The city of Durango extended its mandatory face-covering order indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, June 16th, Durango City Council voted unanimously to extend the order, which had been scheduled to end Friday. Face coverings have been hotly debated locally and nationally. Councilors made the decision after considering public input, business needs, tourism concerns and the most recent research available...

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SOCIAL DISTANCING/SHELTER-IN-PLACE HUMOR
Jun16

SOCIAL DISTANCING/SHELTER-IN-PLACE HUMOR

Laughter is The Best Medicine! Please Enjoy! Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. It’s a great day to be creating miracles.    

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How to Adopt a New Pet During COVID-19
Jun11

How to Adopt a New Pet During COVID-19

Pets need good homes at all times, regardless of what’s going on in the world. If you’ve been wanting to adopt a pet, you can still do so during the pandemic. Some pet shelters and breeders might have different policies during the pandemic, but you can still find many pets to choose from. Here’s everything you need to know about the process. First, Pick the Pet That’s Right for You Each type of pet and specific breed has its own...

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Senate passes bill Lengthening Coronavirus Small-Business Loan Terms
Jun04

Senate passes bill Lengthening Coronavirus Small-Business Loan Terms

By Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday giving small businesses up to 24 weeks to use Paycheck Protection Program loans created during the coronavirus pandemic, up from the current eight-week deadline. The legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives, now goes to President Donald Trump to sign into law. The program was created in March...

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More Durango Restaurants & Businesses Reopening
May29

More Durango Restaurants & Businesses Reopening

The weather is turning and people are looking to get out and about… safely! Did you know that you could go to Prima Pasta or Oscar’s Diner?  Here is a partial list of open restaurants in Durango. Lone Spur Cafe – 619 Main Ave Durango Diner – 957 Main Jean-Pierre – 601 Main Primi Pasta & Wine Bar – 1201 Main Ave Ste 102 Glacier Management Associates, Mineshaft Bar & Grill – 212 N....

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City of Durango issues Face Covering Order
May28

City of Durango issues Face Covering Order

Interim City Manager Amber Blake, pursuant to the emergency declaration related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, has issued order #2020-08 requiring all persons shall to wear a Face Covering when entering, waiting in line to enter and while in the following locations within the City of Durango: Any place of business engaged in any sales or other transactions of any kind to the general public and any place that offers...

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Coronavirus Tracker Reports Decline in New Cases
May26

Coronavirus Tracker Reports Decline in New Cases

Courtesy of the New York Times. This coronavirus tracker shows a soft decline in new cases over the last several weeks. Let’s keep this up! See the tracker HERE    

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Do You Have To Pay Taxes On Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check?
May12

Do You Have To Pay Taxes On Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check?

In mid-April, the government began sending out direct payments to Americans as part of the larger coronavirus stimulus package. While the money was much needed by those who lost income as a result of the pandemic, many are wondering whether there’s a catch. Will the money be taxed later? Is it simply a tax refund advance that will need to be paid back next year? If you’re confused about how stimulus payments affect your taxes, you’re...

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COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County
May12

COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County

Free COVID-19 testing is now available through a SJBPH and Mercy Medical Center partnership. Official COVID-19 Information for Southwest Colorado: San Juan Basin Public Health Coronoavirus Information and San Juan Basin Public Health’s Facebook Page *If you live in Southwest Colorado and have been/still are exhibiting coronavirus-related symptoms San Juan Basin Public Health is asking that you fill out a brief and anonymous survey:...

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Covid 19 Resources in Durango
May08

Covid 19 Resources in Durango

#DurangoStrong We know life has been a bit crazy with the COVID 19 epidemic. One of the most frustrating things is not knowing what resources are available to you during these times. We have collaborated with Durango Strong and Durango like a local to feature the information they have gathered. We are all in this together and it is important that we support all Durangotangs. Durango Strong website: https://www.durangostrong.com...

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