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Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.

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Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about the concerns of renters in Fort Collins as the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact our economy. Plus, what economic relief measures are available to Coloradans. We will also hear from a man who is playing outdoor concerts at the retirement center where he lives, look at how COVID-19 is affecting daycare services and get a preview of what’s at stake in the 2020 census count.

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A new month is upon us and that means it's time to pay the bills. But with so many Americans out of work due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, some housing, utility and financial service providers — both local and national — are adjusting their payment options.

Gov. Jared Polis closed all preschool through grade 12 schools until April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As school districts return from spring break, students and teachers are moving to an online learning format.

KUNC's Stephanie Daniel recently spoke to Madeline Noblett, executive director of communications at Poudre School District in Larimer County, to learn more about the district's transition to remote learning.

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In times of distress, a quote from Mr. Rogers often comes up: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

In a recurring segment, KUNC is collecting stories of local "helpers," people who are going above and beyond to aid others during this time of crisis.

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Gov. Jared Polis said Monday the dramatic social distancing measures residents are taking in Colorado appear to be working.

Polis said new testing results suggest the spread of the COVID-19 may be slowing days after schools, bars and restaurants were ordered to close their doors around the state. He reported it is now taking five days for cases of the virus to double statewide.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We learn how rural hospitals are preparing for a surge of COVID-19 cases, and we take a look at businesses considered essential under the statewide stay-at-home order. We also hear from healthcare workers in the Roaring Fork Valley who are on the frontlines and we explore how school districts in Northern Colorado are handling the transition to online learning.

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More than 1,200 N95 masks. Nearly 100,000 gloves. Almost 40 gallons of bleach.

Residents from Fort Collins, Loveland and communities throughout northern Colorado donated thousands of items of personal protective equipment during Larimer County’s first PPE drive in the face of the local COVID-19 outbreak.

Updated 3/30/2020 at 2:30 p.m.: The Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative has expanded the program to include all essential workers. It will now provide child care to people in more industries, including educators, janitors and grocery store workers. The state will provide full tuition credit until May 17.

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Young Peoples Learning Center in Fort Collins is a community school that offers year-round toddler and preschool programs. It usually serves more than 100 kids a day, but that has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Gov. Jared Polis is defending his decision to issue a stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

During a news conference Friday, he said state health officials told him that if he didn't take aggressive action to keep residents isolated from one another, COVID-19 could kill as many as 33,000 Coloradans by June 1.

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