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Colorado Edition: The Days To Come


Today on Colorado Edition: We take a look at Boulder County’s move to the state’s new COVID restriction level, announced earlier this week. We’ll also hear from a doctor working across state lines about how the pandemic is going from her point of view. Plus, we’ll learn more about an anticipated surge of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, and we’ll see how the work-from-home trend is playing out here in Colorado.

Local Doctor On The Threat Of Exceeding Hospital Capacity In Colorado

Colorado is currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. This is causing concern for state officials, who have warned we could exceed hospital capacity this winter. Dr. Jane Jenab, who has been working in Colorado and New Mexico, joined us to share what it’s been like for her dealing with the pandemic firsthand.

Hospitals In Roaring Fork Valley Brace For Anticipated Surge

The Roaring Fork Valley is seeing its worst rates of COVID-19 since the pandemic began nine months ago. Now, with the holidays and winter months coming up, Alex Hager reports for Aspen Public Radio that hospitals in the region are bracing for things to get worse.

Boulder County Moves To Red On State COVID Dial

The state has created a new level on its coronavirus restriction dial. Level Red is now the last level before a more extreme stay-at-home order, which is now called Level Purple. Fifteen counties in the state will move to the newly updated Level Red when it goes into effect on Friday. Those counties include Denver, Douglas, Arapahoe, Summit and Boulder. Chana Goussetis from Boulder County Public Health joined us to talk about what the change in levels mean for Boulder County residents.

How The Work-From-Home Trend Is Playing Out In Colorado

On Sunday, Gov. Jared Polis encouraged Coloradans to work from home when possible, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state. This announcement came a few days after the insurance company State Farm announced they will be closing its physical office in Greeley, as their staff continues to work from home. We spoke to Lucas High from BizWest about whether we can expect more companies to make this move as the pandemic continues.

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:

  • "All American Canal" by Holyoke

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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