COVID-19's IMPACT
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It's true — musician is no pipe dream

In recent weeks, users of the Highlands Ranch trail system may have noticed a new, melodic addition to their workout. That's because one resident, accompanied by his bagpipe, has taken to the trails …
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 …
The empty space at KidsTown Parker, which has had to temporarily close because of low enrollment caused by the COVID-19 spread and stay-at-home orders.

Child care enrollment takes hard hit

“Sanitizing like crazy” is just a part of life at child care centers, said Pam Kenney, director of Thomas Learning Centers. But in the wake of COVID-19’s arrival, the past weeks have seen …
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 …
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 …
Douglas County School District IT Technician Lars Stjernquist cleans chromebooks at South Ridge Elementary School in March before students pick them up as the district transitions to remote learning.

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. …
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
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock updates members of the media on the city’s response to COVID-19. As of March 17, all restaurants and bars in Denver will be closed to onsite service until May 11. Delivery, carry-out and drive-through services are permitted.
Denver extends stay-at-home order to April 30
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the City of Denver's stay-at-home order is extended until April 30, according to an April 6 news … Read More
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
Englewood resident Neale Lang walks his dog Luigi near 3000 S. Emerson Way. Residents are allowed to go outside for exercise under the stay-at-home order.
Life in Englewood amid COVID-19
There is a strange feeling in the air in Englewood. Streets that were once consistently packed with cars have seen traffic shrink. … Read More
Larry Anderson receives a cup of coffee from Makayla Creech, a volunteer for Movement 5280, a group that assists at-risk and homeless young adults and other homeless residents. The organization is part of Change the Trend’s effort to deliver groceries to vulnerable populations in Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan.
Seniors, vulnerable can get resources, grocery delivery
Englewood resident Adelmo Vallejos says he tries to not think about how he is suffering from kidney cancer, but sometimes he will wake … 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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