Brazilian COVID Variant Reported in Colorado

DENVER (AP) – Colorado has reported its first two cases of a coronavirus variant first found in Brazil that has proven adept at infecting people who previously contracted the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the state health department that two Boulder County residents tested positive for the variant. The Colorado Department … Read more

COVID Vaccine Clinics Scheduled

Glenwood Springs—More COVID-19 vaccines are being offered this week in Garfield County. Everyone aged 16 and older can get a Pfizer vaccine and those 18 and up are eligible to receive the Moderna or the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  Garfield County health officials say they don’t know from week to week how many … Read more

State Begins Relaxing Restrictions

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s health department is moving to relax its statewide mask mandate and limits on gathering capacity, saying the state’s role in determining COVID-19 restrictions will lessen in favor of more local control as vaccination eligibility opens more widely. The proposal announced Friday would allow local authorities and “private entities” in the counties … Read more

Custer County and State Agree to Drop All COVID Restrictions

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) – As many states across the country rollback COVID-19 restrictions, the Custer County Commissioners, citing major declines in coronavirus cases and progress in vaccinations, has voted to eliminate all pandemic-related restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, and government operations. The board voted Thursday to lift restrictions immediately. Health authorities in the southern Colorado … Read more

Glenwood Community Center Closed Due to “Presumptive Positive” Employee

Update: On Saturday, March 6, the City of Glenwood Springs announced that the Community Center will remain closed through Sunday, March 14. Six city employees were reportedly exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine. Due to that staff reduction, the decision was made to keep the Community Center Closed. All Community Center members will receive an … Read more

Meatpacking Industry Workers Receiving COVID Vaccine

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Meatpacking workers across the country have started receiving coronavirus vaccines and thousands more will have a chance to get their shots this week, offering some peace of mind in an industry that was ravaged by COVID-19 a year ago. Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers union say interest in … Read more

COVID Shots Delayed by Weather

Glenwood Springs/Rifle—If you were scheduled to receive your second COVID-19 vaccination today, you’ll have to wait until next week.  Shipments of the second dose have been delayed by the nasty weather that has practically paralyzed the mid and southwest United States. Valley View Hospital has automatically rescheduled second doses for Wednesday, February 24th at the … Read more

Garfield County Moving to the Less Restrictive Level Yellow

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County bars and restaurants may want to raise a glass of cheer tomorrow as the COVID-19 dial moves to yellow. Today, the good news was handed down from Governor Jared Polis and the state health department that Garfield and several other counties have seen significant drops in the COVID incidence rate that warrants … Read more

Pitkin County Discovers Possible COVID Variant in Two People

ASPEN—Two Pitkin County residents may have been infected with the more contagious COVID-19 variant. County health officials were notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s state lab that early test results indicate they contracted a “variant of concern.”  Additional testing is taking place to confirm the results. County officials are working with … Read more

State Health Officials Optimistic About Future COVID-19 Numbers

DENVER (AP) – Health officials in Colorado have projected that more than 4,000 lives could be saved in the state if residents continue following safety guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through the end of spring. Projections made public by the Colorado School of Public Health show the pandemic’s death toll could reach … Read more