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Colorado Edition: In Your Head

Jude Beck

Today on Colorado Edition: We talk with a public health official about recent coronavirus case numbers and additional public health measures. We also get a look at the state of Colorado’s travel industry and we check in on the mental health outlook for Northern Colorado.

Additional Health Measures On The Horizon

For most of the summer and early fall, Colorado’s coronavirus case numbers appeared to be staying low, or low enough that tougher public health orders weren’t needed to control the spread of the virus. Now the situation is changing. On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that five counties — Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Otero and Crowley — would need to lower capacities in certain businesses and limit public gatherings due to rising case numbers.

To discuss changes to public health measures and the rise of coronavirus numbers, we spoke with Jennifer Ludwig, deputy director of Tri-County Health Department, which oversees Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

A Look At The State Of Colorado’s Travel Industry

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our state and communities have had to implement tougher restrictions, we wanted to get a sense of the state of Colorado’s travel industry ahead of travel season. To do so, we spoke with the chief operating officer of Denver International Airport, Chris McLaughlin.

A New Beat For Northern Colorado: Mental Health

A survey by the Colorado Health Foundation published last month paints a grim picture of how life is going these days. Coloradans have become lonelier, more anxious and more worried about affording food and rent. Many see the negative impacts of racism and are concerned about police violence. Low wage workers and people of color report feeling these impacts the most.

KUNC reporter Leigh Paterson is focusing on mental health in Northern Colorado as part of a new reporting project and she joined us to discuss the state of mental health in Colorado.

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. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

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 iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, 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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