Coronavirus

Now the CDC confirms Covid-19 is airborne — here’s what that means for you
Oct09

Now the CDC confirms Covid-19 is airborne — here’s what that means for you

The Centers for Disease Control revised its Covid-19 guidelines on Monday to include that the novel coronavirus can be spread through aerosols, which “can linger in the air for minutes to hours” and travel farther than six feet. Until now it was understood that the coronavirus is spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes, and experts still believe that is the main...

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Now the CDC confirms Covid-19 is airborne
Oct08

Now the CDC confirms Covid-19 is airborne

The Centers for Disease Control revised its Covid-19 guidelines on Monday to include that the novel coronavirus can be spread through aerosols, which “can linger in the air for minutes to hours” and travel farther than six feet. Until now it was understood that the coronavirus is spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes, and experts still believe that is the main...

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Dr. Fauci Just Said How Exactly You’ll Catch COVID
Oct08

Dr. Fauci Just Said How Exactly You’ll Catch COVID

    Despite the politicization of the coronavirus, it has been a long-held thought on both sides of the aisle that people can transmit diseases to one another—why else would you recoil when someone sneezes on you? But a sneeze is one thing. The coronavirus is a particularly sneaky disease because it can be spread by people with no symptoms. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and member of the...

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Dr. Fauci Just Said the 4 Words You’ve Been Waiting to Hear
Oct04

Dr. Fauci Just Said the 4 Words You’ve Been Waiting to Hear

It feels like we’re at another turning point with the COVID pandemic. After weeks of declining coronavirus case numbers nationwide, we’ve had a change of luck and cases are now climbing in 32 states across the U.S., The New York Times reports. But it’s not all bad news, according to Anthony Fauci, MD. In a conversation with Wired editor at large Steven Levy published on Sept. 30, Fauci actually sounded optimistic,...

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Pine-Sol Added to EPA’s List of 32 Cleaning Products Proven to Kill the Coronavirus
Oct01

Pine-Sol Added to EPA’s List of 32 Cleaning Products Proven to Kill the Coronavirus

Lysol, Clorox wipes and other household cleaners also kill virus that causes COVID-19 The multipurpose cleaner Pine-Sol Original has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) growing list of products that have proven effective in killing the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on hard surfaces, based on results from laboratory testing. The cleaner, with the active ingredient glycolic acid, has been shown to kill...

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Weekly COVID-19 Emergency Response Summary – SJBPH
Sep19

Weekly COVID-19 Emergency Response Summary – SJBPH

For week of September 12th – September 19th Local Case Count Archuleta County cases: 50 (+2) La Plata County cases: 256 (+3) Archuleta County non-resident cases: 41 (+2) La Plata County non-resident cases: 32 (+4) Archuleta County positivity rate: 0% (week of September 6th)  La Plata County positivity rate: .3% (week of September 6th)  Outbreaks: 3 (all in La Plata County, cumulative figure) Deaths among cases with COVID-19 – 2 (both...

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Dr. Fauci Just Said How You’ll Most Likely Get COVID
Sep15

Dr. Fauci Just Said How You’ll Most Likely Get COVID

It’s time to “hunker down.” Two modes of coronavirus transmission are significantly higher than thought. One underlying health condition is the very worst. And the government isn’t handling a few things wisely. The nation’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spoke with Harvard Medical School for its Grand Rounds video series on Thursday, and he took us all to school by sharing the very...

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Four Corners Motorcycle Rally Plans to Ride Despite Pandemic
Sep04

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally Plans to Ride Despite Pandemic

The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally plans to go ahead with events this Labor Day weekend, though organizers say the rally will be scaled down because of COVID-19 restrictions. John Oakes, an organizer, said events this weekend have been tailored to meet local and state public health guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Events that feature mass gatherings, such as the Hill Climb at Purgatory Resort and...

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Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue
Aug27

Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue

Downtown Durango has launched its  Bump-Outs for Business program, designed to  help local businesses thrive despite the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, the City of Durango, the Business Improvement District, and other local organizations teamed up to transform the layout of Main Avenue. Shops and restaurants between College Drive and 11th Street have now expanded by roughly 10 feet onto the street....

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Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State’s Outbreak?
Aug21

Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State’s Outbreak?

More than 5 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 170,000 have died. Tens of thousands of new cases are confirmed daily. State by state, the picture is varied. In the graphics below, explore the trends in your state. Stay up to date on cases at NPR.com (info and graph from NPR)

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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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