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Colorado Edition: No Shelter If You're Looking For Shade

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Area tattoo artists donated almost 200 boxes of masks and gloves for healthcare workers at area senior centers.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about what Colorado’s stay-at-home order means for those who don’t have a home to go to. Plus, how Colorado’s Department of Corrections is working to protect staff and inmates from COVID-19. We will also learn about shortages of Personal Protective Equipment, and possible solutions to those shortages. Finally, tips for remote teaching and learning.

What A Stay-At-Home Measure Means For The Homeless

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a state-wide stay at home order for Colorado to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. But staying at home is not so simple for people who don’t have a home to stay in. That’s just one of the special challenges facing individuals experiencing homelessness during this pandemic. KUNC’s Rae Solomon has been looking into how homeless communities on the Front Range are confronting the coronavirus pandemic. 

Colorado’s Department of Corrections and COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread around our state, Colorado’s government is working to implement measures to curb the spread. We spoke with Dean Williams, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, about what the Department is doing to protect inmates and staff.

The Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment

In Colorado, health care facilities are largely in conservation mode so that they don’t run out of the masks, gloves, and gowns needed to keep their workers safe. With over 100 people hospitalized so far in the state and that number expected to rise, sustaining the supply of personal protective equipment, known as PPE, is becoming more urgent every day. KUNC reporters Leigh Paterson and Stacy Nick report on what these shortages look like and who is stepping up to help. 

Tips For Remote Teaching 

Jack Kriss and his wife were teaching at an international school in Beijing, when they came to Colorado for a vacation. But, because of the spread of COVID-19, they weren’t able to return, and have been teaching remotely since then. Kriss joined us to give advice for teachers on teaching and learning remotely.

Tips for Remote Learning

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 we’re calling “The Helpers,” we talk with people doing just that - to find out more about what they’re doing - and why. Today’s segment is on a Fort Collins teacher who’s posting tutorial videos for parents now finding themselves at the head of the class.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.