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Coronavirus In Colorado: News And Resources

KUNC is here to keep you up-to-date on the news about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and answer your questions about Colorado's response to its spread in our state.

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Questions And Answers
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• Colorado's Statewide Stay-At-Home Order, Explained
A Quick Glossary Of Coronavirus Terms
What COVID-19 Numbers Can (And Can't) Tell Us
Here Are The Front Range Schools Offering Meals To Students Amid COVID-19 Closures
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Official Documents
CDPHE Downloadable COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Versión en español)
Colorado Stay-At-Home Executive Order
City of Boulder "Stay At Home" Emergency Order
City of Denver "Stay At Home" Executed Public Health Order
State Public Health Order Closing Bars, Restaurants, Theaters, Gyms And Casinos

Testing Data
Daily updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education on positive COVID-19 cases in our state are available here.

Regional data compiled by the Mountain West News Bureau can be seen below:

Courtesy Nate Werner

Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective Thursday for Colorado to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Before that, several Colorado cities and counties — Denver and Boulder among them — had already issued their own stay-at-home orders.

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.

With very few people booking Airbnbs or taking Uber rides right now, millions of people in the gig economy are seeing their livelihoods abruptly upended.

Take Ed Bell, in San Francisco, who rents out his in-law suite on Airbnb. That is his main source of income — he calls it his "gig" — supplemented by "side hustles" doing consulting work.

Ethel Branch is the former attorney general of the Navajo Nation. A few weeks ago, when she went grocery shopping in Flagstaff, Arizona, she noticed that the shelves were already pretty bare. That worried her. For shoppers from the nearby Navajo Nation, a grocery store can be hours away.

Gov. Jared Polis

As of Thursday morning, Gov. Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home order is in full effect. Polis said the state's previous social distancing efforts have not been effective at slowing the virus. So what can and can't you do under the new order? What jobs are considered essential?

Here's the basic rundown.

As fear fuels an apparent surge in gun-buying, firearm background checks are taking so long in Colorado that in some instances gun dealers can legally make a sale without an approved background check.

This is a developing story

Courtesy of Tami Wolff

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.

Courtesy of Nathan Morimitsu

For years, Heidi Hostetter would grab an extra mask to take home from the doctor’s office.

“Little weird but whatever,” joked Hostetter, CEO of Longmont-based H2 Manufacturing Solutions.

Updated at 6:37 p.m. ET

President Trump told governors his administration is working on publishing guidelines for state and local governments to use to determine whether to increase or relax social distancing rules to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came ahead of the White House's regular news conference on its response to the pandemic.

Courtesy Dr. John Cawley

In Colorado, health care facilities are conserving gear in order to sustain supplies of the protective equipment needed to keep workers safe. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes items like gloves, goggles and masks. According to the Colorado Hospital Association, masks in particular, both surgical masks and N95 respirator masks, which filter out airborne particles, are "the most concerning piece" of the shortage.

Karlie Huckels / KUNC

State officials, including Gov. Jared Polis, recommend Coloradans get outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical activity not only helps improve overall general health, but being outdoors boosts vitamin levels, reduces anxiety and helps your immune system. As more people hit the trails and flock to our state's beautiful outdoor areas, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put out a new release outlining park and trail etiquette during this trying time.