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1,700 Cherry Creek High students removed from in-person class after COVID cases linked to parties

Nearly half of the student population of one of Colorado's largest high schools was removed from in-person classes after several Cherry Creek High School seniors tested positive for COVID-19, …
Tri-County Health Department is based in Greenwood Village. The health department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Claim that only '6%' of COVID-19 deaths are due to virus misinterprets data

The notion widely shared on social media that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the U.S. COVID-19 death count by 94% — from nearly 154,000 down to just over 9,000 — …

First few counties move to "protect our neighbors" phase

Students at the Parker Dance Academy do plie squats led by Studio Director Lexie Steinhaus. Some students say their strength has improved over the months because they have been forced to relearn some of the basics from home.

Denver area dance teachers learn to think on their feet

Instructors at the Parker Dance Academy are getting better at using their words. Studio director Lexie Steinhauser has danced and taught dance for years. But even she struggled when it came to …
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
A screenshot of a July Town Council meeting.
Parker councilmember out of town since March, away indefinitely (but not resigning)
A Parker town councilmember has been out of the state since March and says she plans to be away until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Read More
Littleton resident Kathy Powers started a chapter of the Buy Nothing Project to bring her neighborhood together.
Your money's no good here
In March, as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic washed over the nation, Jennifer Lisiecki of Denver posted on Facebook that she … Read More
Legend High School in Parker
174 asked to quarantine after reports of 2 COVID-19 cases at Parker's Legend High School
The Douglas County School District has asked 174 people to quarantine after learning of two positive COVID-19 cases at Legend High … Read More
Thomas Tucker, Douglas County School District's superintendent, addresses the Mountain Vista High School graduating class on June 26.
Douglas County School District superintendent on leave of absence
Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker has take a leave of absence, a district spokeswoman confirmed through a … Read More
Gov. Jared Polis offers updates on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 3, 2020. Joining him were (from left) University of Denver student Dajah Brooks, University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy and CU Denver student David Holguin.
Polis urges Coloradans to be cautious about COVID-19 over Labor Day weekend
As Labor Day weekend approaches, Gov. Jared Polis urged Coloradans to continue COVID-19 precautions. Polis emphasized the … 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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