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Colorado Edition: No Sweeter Sound

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A trombone player performs in Colorado State University's human exposure facility. The unique chamber allows researchers to study the amount of aerosol emissions emitted during various performing arts activities, including singing and playing musical instruments.

Today on Colorado Edition: We take a look at Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, and how the state’s response to the pandemic impacts local public health directors. We’ll also learn about how a key coronavirus metric used in our state could be off. Plus, we’ll hear how Colorado’s choirs are keeping up the practice, even during the pandemic.

What Coloradans Should Know About The Arrival Of A COVID-19 Vaccine

In the past two weeks, we've heard promising results from two pharmaceutical companies about their coronavirus vaccines. The question now becomes: When will Coloradans get access to one? And, perhaps more importantly, how? KUNC’s Matt Bloom joined us to talk more about the answers to those questions and what Coloradans should know about the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.

How The State’s Coronavirus Response Impacts Local Public Health Directors

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in our state, more schools are closing, and more counties are moving to stricter restrictions. To look at the state’s response and how that has impacted local public health officials, we spoke with Theresa Anselmo, executive director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials.

A Crucial Colorado Coronavirus Metric May Be Off

You’ve likely heard state and county health officials talk about the “positivity rate.” It’s a metric cited when making decisions about tightening county restrictions or taking actions like closing schools for in-person learning. As it turns out, this metric may be off, at least according to John Ingold’s reporting for the Colorado Sun. He joined us to discuss what he found in his reporting.

Finding A Way To Do What You Love In A Pandemic

One of the first reported cases of a superspreader event during the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic was a choir rehearsal in Washington state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has since deemed group singing in an indoor setting to be one of the most dangerous things people can do right now. But that hasn’t silenced many of Colorado’s choral groups. KUNC's Stacy Nick brought us the story about the folks finding a way to keep singing.

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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