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    (CBS4) – Three deadly mass shootings in a matter of weeks, dozens of families now grieving, and the emotional toll being felt by almost everyone. “Any place now feels like a place where anything can happen,” Dr. Tiamo Katsonga-Phiri said. Katsonga-Phiri is the director of the Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic at the University of Denver. While our country watches as the tragedies unfold in Buffalo, New York; Uvalde, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, many are not sure how to explain their response and she says it’s likely a form of trauma. “You feel a sense of traumatic response because you feel that threat,” she said. It’s a feeling that may hit differently to different people. Learning two teachers and 19 children were killed at their school in Uvalde could mean parents will feel an increased sense of threat. “A lot of parents are thinking ‘That could have been my child. Do I bring my child to school now?’ because they can relate on a very personal level,” Katsonga-Phiri said. Seeing people injured in similar demographics, she says, can illicit...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out its first vaccine guidance related to a recent outbreak of monkeypox cases across the U.S. and Europe - with health workers and others responding to the uptick in cases first in line to get the shots. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC's leading experts on vaccines, issued the recommendation Friday, and it will include lab workers who research orthopoxviruses, people who work in lab testing environments, and health care personnel who are treating infected patients. The JYNNEOS vaccine in question is tailored to both smallpox and monkeypox - just as many other smallpox drugs are also believed to be effective against the rare virus. It comes as the U.S. records its tenth presumptive case of the virus, with a man in Colorado having a suspected infection after a recent trip to Canada, state officials announced Thursday night. Colorado today became the eighth state to report a case of monkeypox, as the tally of confirmed and suspected infections rises to double-digits RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    (CBS4) – A bill aimed at making sure people can visit their loved ones in health care facilities may be in danger of dying with just three days left in the Colorado legislative session. The bill would require all health care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, to allow patients to have at least one screened visitor a day unless the CDC has recommended a more restrictive visitation policy. It’s aimed at avoiding the heartbreaking stories that emerged during the COVID pandemic of patients dying alone. Elizabeth Reiter is one of those patients. She was hospitalized two years ago due to an infection. On Mother’s Day, the mother of two took a turn for the worse and, a week later, she died alone due to a no visitation policy at the hospital. (credit: Reiter Family) Her husband Steve described her as the love of his life. “She was just a beautiful soul, kind and loving. I believe with everything in me that, had there been one screened visitor per day, she would have gone into the hospital earlier...
    (CBS4) – Every week Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine provides treatment to dozens of new clients. “There’s a pretty substantial, pretty robust process of assessing a patient,” said Dr. Josh Blum, the clinic’s medical director. “It does create some bottlenecks and makes it difficult to enroll huge numbers of people in short period of time.” With that in mind, they’re watching the discussion around fentanyl at the Colorado State Capitol closely. A proposed bill would require those convicted of fentanyl-related charges to be assessed for addiction and — in some cases — treated. “To me that says that it is very likely that if we don’t have overt relationships with certain parts of the corrections community, we will at least get people who are discharging corrections, who will have been maintained on Medically Assisted Treatment who will need follow up. I anticipate that would increase our likelihood that you would have a lot of people showing up seeking care,” Dr. Blum said. Brook Bender also works at the Denver Health clinic and is tasked with navigating those capacity concerns,...
    Getting an abortion without government interference is now guaranteed in Colorado after Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Monday enshrining that right in state law. The Democratic governor signed HB22-1279, affirming that Coloradans who want reproductive care, including abortions, will be able to get that care in the state, regardless of whether the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that said the right to choose to have an abortion was protected by the Constitution. “Roe v. Wade has been eroded in the last few years,” Polis said prior to the signing. “Roe v. Wade has been weakened and many legal pundits conclude that it’s likely a matter of time til the federal protections at the Supreme Court simply cease to exist. We in Colorado simply don’t want to take that risk.” Polis said lawmakers want to protect the rights women already have under federal law, so that no matter what happens with the landmark ruling, women in Colorado can choose what to do about their own pregnancies, whether that’s in vitro fertilization or termination. The legislation...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his second straight shutout, Valeri Nichushkin and J.T. Compher scored on the power play, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Tuesday night. Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche continued their push for a second straight Presidents’ Trophy by becoming the first team this season to pass the 90-point mark. READ MORE: Report Finds 41% Of Officers In 'Out Of Policy' Shootings Never DisciplinedKuemper followed up his 46-save showing in a 3-0 win over Calgary on Sunday by getting his fifth shutout of the season. Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 27 shots for the Kings, who are 1-2-1 in their past four games. Colorado’s dangerous special teams cashed in on each of its first two power plays, with Nichushkin racing through the slot to put in Rantanen’s centering pass at 6:36 of the first period. READ MORE: Woman, 81, Reported Missing In Westlake DistrictCompher put Colorado ahead 2-0 with 29 seconds left in the second by redirecting Cale Makar’s shot...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his second straight shutout, Valeri Nichushkin and J.T. Compher scored on the power play, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Tuesday night. Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche continued their push for a second straight Presidents’ Trophy by becoming the first team this season to pass the 90-point mark. Kuemper followed up his 46-save showing in a 3-0 win over Calgary on Sunday by getting his fifth shutout of the season. Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 27 shots for the Kings, who are 1-2-1 in their past four games. Colorado’s dangerous special teams cashed in on each of its first two power plays, with Nichushkin racing through the slot to put in Rantanen’s centering pass at 6:36 of the first period. Compher put Colorado ahead 2-0 with 29 seconds left in the second by redirecting Cale Makar’s shot long. Makar was instrumental in the sequence by racing down to break up Anze Kopitar’s short-handed breakaway and forcing...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday what so many have been waiting so long to hear, “Today I am here to say it’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter.” With those words regarding COVID he said, in effect, “at ease.” (credit: CBS) “If you choose to not wear a mask or attend a concert with your friends or simply go out with friends to dinner and you are fully vaccinated by all means do it. Live your life; don’t feel guilty. You only live once,” Polis said. That does not, however, apply to those who have not been vaccinated. The state is moving from emergency response to planning a four-point roadmap ahead. It contains the following health guidance about COVID-19 for people right now in Colorado: – If you are fully vaccinated and up to date with all three doses: You should feel comfortable living life as normal. – If you are vaccinated, but immunocompromised or high-risk: Take necessary steps to protect yourself and proactively speak with a health care provider about a potential...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s COVID numbers continue to improve across the board. The seven day positivity rate is now below 7%, and the number of people hospitalized for confirmed COVID is dropping as well. It’s now at 641. That’s well below the peak that was hit in December 2020 when that number was above 1,800. Colorado has more acute beds available — 872 — than those hospitalizations, so the crisis standards of care for staffing and emergency medical services have been deactivated. Those are the guidelines for the medical community to allocate limited resources in times of catastrophe. “The decision to deactivate these standards is based on recent modeling and steadily declining cases and hospitalizations, suggesting the immediate strain COVID-19 places on Colorado should continue to decrease in the coming weeks,” said Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France in a prepared statement. The state’s immunity to the omicron variant is also very high — now at an estimated 90%. A health care worker administers a COVID-19 swab test at the Boulder County Fairgrounds...
    DENVER (CBS4) – When the pandemic started, health care workers were our heroes early on. Communities collectively howled and banged pots in support of their sacrifice. Fast forward to what will be our third year in the pandemic, and Joshua Ewing with the Colorado Hospital Association says things have changed. (credit: CBS) “We no longer go outside to howl. Instead our health care workers are facing incredible threats online and verbally and frankly an increase in violence against them since the pandemic started,” he said. Their organization lobbied to get doctors and nurses across Colorado included in an Anti-Doxing Bill. If passed, those in the health care industry along with a handful of other occupations could request to have their private information sealed, to prevent someone from maliciously publishing it on the internet. “To give them that kind of security is just a reasonable step,” Rep. Colin Larson said. Larson is one of the bill’s sponsors. He says it wouldn’t be applied across the board, but instead done case by case. “This process that we have put in is really...
    DENVER (CBS4)– There could be a way in Colorado for children in the foster care system to get a secondary education at absolutely no cost. State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger is sponsoring the bill. She said that foster children have the lowest rates of high school graduation at just over 30%. Only 3% go on to earn secondary degrees. (credit: iStock/Getty) “When you age out of foster care, you have to immediately think about your needs, are you going to find a job, find a place to live, it’s very difficult, by the way, because you don’t have a family to support you, to put aside money for your college fund,” said Zenzinger. The bill would waive tuition and fees for nearly all foster children. It’s estimated 4,500 children would be eligible for scholarships each year and 15% would attend college at a cost of about $700,000. The bill passed its first committee 5-2 with bipartisan support.
    DENVER (CBS4)- As the omicron variant surges across Colorado, there are signs that our medical system is starting to crack. One example is an event that happened on Christmas morning. An employee at a Denver nursing home called 911 because she was the only one who showed up for her shift at the Autumn Heights living facility. She wanted COVID-19 positive patients transferred to the hospital. (credit: CBS) Jennifer Belden was a nurse at Autumn Heights for eight months in 2021. She says things were bad when she left in November. She says the facility was underpaying staff, overworking them and wasn’t hiring replacements when people quit suddenly. (credit: CBS) “They expected you to do too much, provide top quality care, but not pay you for what they wanted you to do,” Belden said. Jay Moskowitz, the owner of Autumn Heights, admits they are understaffed, but it isn’t for lack of trying. “We’re in a crisis right now as an industry,” he said. Moskowitz says they are a Medicare facility, so they are capped at how much they can charge residents....
    (CBS4) – Employees at your King Soopers store may soon be picketing. Union members in Denver, Broomfield, Boulder, Parker and Colorado Springs voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike, citing what they called “the company’s egregious and unrelenting unfair labor practices.” The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 held the pre-authorization strike vote on Sunday in Denver and on Monday in Colorado Springs. King Soopers said if there is a strike, it’s not in good faith and is pursuing its own legal action against the union. (credit: CBS) “Let’s be clear, Local 7 issued a strike authorization vote related to alleged unfair labor practices. These allegations are just that, allegations, as King Soopers/City Market has followed the law and has NOT received any notice of wrongdoing from the National Labor Relations Board,” the company said in a news release. Workers will remain at work at least through the end of their current agreement, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 8. Nearly 60% of store associates are UFCW Local 7 members and several stores are now seeking temporary...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Your King Soopers store employees may soon be picketing. Union members in Denver and Colorado Springs have voted in favor of a strike, citing what they called “the company’s egregious and unrelenting unfair labor practices.” (credit: CBS) The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 held the pre-authorization strike vote on Sunday in Denver and on Monday in Colorado Springs. Workers will remain at work at least through the end of their current agreement, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. Nearly 60% of store associates are UFCW Local 7 members and at least one store in Highlands Ranch is already seeking temporary workers. (credit: CBS) King Soopers is currently in contract negotiations over wages and UFCW representatives say the chain “continues to go around the Union hiring outside workers at a higher rate, prohibiting Union activity, attempting to bargain directly with workers instead of the Union, and imposing unfair wage changes.” “Moreover, at the table, King Soopers has failed to agree to important changes to wages, health care, and safety,” union officials stated. “The...
    by Matthew Wynia, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus The Conversation is running a series of dispatches from clinicians and researchers operating on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find all of the stories here. As the omicron variant brings a new wave of uncertainty and fear, I can’t help reflecting back to March 2020, when people in health care across the U.S. watched in horror as COVID-19 swamped New York City. Hospitals were overflowing with sick and dying patients, while ventilators and personal protective equipment were in short supply. Patients sat for hours or days in ambulances and hallways, waiting for a hospital bed to open up. Some never made it to the intensive care unit bed they needed. I’m an infectious disease specialist and bioethicist at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. I worked with a team nonstop from March into June 2020, helping my hospital and state get ready for the massive influx of COVID-19 cases we expected might inundate our health care system. When health systems are moving toward crisis...
    DENVER (CBS4) – While Colorado health officials are taking every step to avoid reaching the state’s hospital capacity, they are also planning for the chance that it might happen. (credit: CBS) “It’s not going to be the same when we built thousands of beds in their standalone facilities,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a meeting with his expert emergency epidemic response committee. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Too Early To Switch From Pandemic To EndemicInstead of seeing makeshift hospitals like we did when the pandemic began, long-term care facilities already in operation will be a focus for patients in need of recovery care. “We have identified several facilities with open, or levels that are not be using,” It’s help that is needed now, UCHealth in a statement says, “We have a large number of patients who are healthy enough to be discharged to a long-term care facility. It has been difficult to transfer some of those patients as some of the long-term care facilities and nursing homes may not be able to take additional patients.” ...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado health care providers are creating protocols for treatment in the event they need to start rationing care. State Epidemiologist, Dr. Rachel Herlihy says, if the rate of adults getting COVID-19 booster shots doesn’t improve, Colorado will have more than 2,200 people hospitalized with COVID by the first of the year. That would be the most the state has had during the pandemic. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Catalytic Converter Protection Event In Golden Designed To Deter TheivesDr. Anuj Mehta developed a draft plan that no one wants to see implemented. It would prioritize who gets treated at the hospital and who gets sent home. While it is still preliminary, the initial draft calls for a triage team – that includes a mix of experts in medicine and ethics – to make the decision. The larger question is how they would make the decision. Mehta is part of a state advisory group charged with deciding the criteria. Mehta says the problem isn’t a shortage of lifesaving equipment but staff, “These are different than the ventilator decisions about...
    (CNN)Fewer than 100 intensive care unit beds are available across Colorado, the state's Covid-19 incident commander said during a Friday news conference. "As of today, looking at the data that is reported by the hospitals, we are the lowest number of beds we've had available, and we do have less than 100 ICU beds open at this moment," Scott Bookman of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said. Various factors -- among them delayed care and a rise in Covid hospitalizations -- are contributing to the lack of ICU beds, Bookman said. Officials said about 40% of hospitals have or are anticipating staff shortages in the next week."As of yesterday, we were at 1,267 people hospitalized in Colorado with Covid-19, still below that peak of 1,847. But our trajectory does continue to go up, and it is growing rapidly," Bookman said. "Obviously these are incredibly concerning numbers and we're working with our hospitals... to ensure that we are using every bed available."Read MoreUnvaccinated people comprise 80% of those who are hospitalized, Bookman added.Colorado health authorities are also concerned...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Help is on the way for Coloradans in need of mental health care. State lawmakers set aside $450 million of COVID-19 stimulus money for “transformational” changes in the state’s behavioral health care system. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) READ MORE: Giovani Murillo-Barron Identified As Suspect Who Threatened People With Ax & Machete In Hardware Store, Search Continues For Second SuspectThey include everything from increasing the number of providers to improving mental health coverage by insurers. A task force has been meeting for months to come up with recommendations, especially when it comes to treatment for kids who are being sent out of state because there aren’t enough treatment beds here. Colorado’s county human services directors sent a letter to state officials last month saying the shortage is so great that caseworkers are having to spend the night with kids in county offices. Task Force Chair Brittany Pettersen says by January 2022, 62 additional beds will be available using money already set aside by the state Legislature and governor. And there will be more beds to follow. ...
    DENVER (CBS4)– As Autumn transitions into Winter, COVID-19 case numbers are dropping nationally, but rising in Colorado. Those rising cases are taking a toll on Colorado hospitals. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: 2 Vehicles Struck By Bullets After Argument Ends With Gunfire At Bus Stop“This is probably the biggest challenge our hospitals have faced in the modern era,” says Cara Welch is the Senior Director of Communications for The Colorado Hospital Association. You may have heard stories recently of ambulances diverting to different hospitals because there are no more beds, or of elective procedures being canceled because hospitals need the staff. Those are actions hospitals can take when they get too busy to release some of the pressure. Cara says it happens all the time even before the pandemic. Now hospitals are taking actions like these nearly every day. It’s not a sign of failure, but it is a sign that hospitals and their staff are stretched thin. (File photo. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images) Cara says beds are in short supply these days, but it’s not all COVID-19...
    LEADVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – As many rural hospitals struggle to find footing in the midst of the pandemic, St. Vincent Health in Leadville is making an incredible comeback. “St. Vincent literally hit a point where there was two week’s worth of funding left in the operation budget,” Brett Antczak, CEO St. Vincent Health. Nearly 7 years ago it was on the brink of bankruptcy and subsequent closure, but this last month it celebrated the opening of a brand new facility. Earlier this week, CBS4 was able to take a tour to find out how out how operations were going. (credit: CBS) “For years we have really been missing out on full spectrum of specialty care and now we’re able to bring back things like dermatology, ophthalmology for things like cataract surgery,” Antczak said. “Endoscopes, colonoscopes which are great screening tools just to keep people healthy.” St. Vincent will also be bringing back home health and hospice in the next few months, which Antczak says the community needs but hasn’t had. The biggest change is likely to the emergency care. There’s...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Colorado is at its highest since January. The numbers have been climbing at a troubling rate since last week. (credit: CBS) There are 922 patients with COVID-19 in Colorado hospitals. Of those, 710 are unvaccinated and 212 have been vaccinated. READ MORE: I-70 Reopens Between US 6 Loveland Pass And Silverthorne After Deadly Semi CrashThis is a trend that Gov. Jared Polis said could be reversed if more people got vaccinated. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Fort Collins Police Issue Warning About Teen 'Fight Clubs'“If for some reason you don’t care enough about yourself, love yourself, protect yourself, I hope you care about your family, neighbors and others enough to get vaccinated, so we don’t exceed our hospital capacity, our state and nation are counting on you,” said Polis. MORE NEWS: Colorado Army Veteran Greets His Afghanistan Interpreter At Denver International AirportPolis said there are just 149 intensive care unit beds available in the entire state.
    HOLYOKE, Colo. (CBS4) – Melissa Memorial Hospital is caught in the middle of a political battle, one that has infected health care. “I want them to separate themselves, I really do. I’d like politics to go where politics does well and I’d like health care to go where we need to be … bringing those ideas together and really coming up with choices for people that make sense,” said CEO Cathy Harshbarger. Harshbarger has been dealing with meeting the state’s mandate that hospitals vaccinate all workers or have them file medical or religious exemptions. First shots were supposed to be given by Sept. 30 and second shots completed by the end of October. Melissa Memorial is in Holyoke, a town of about 2500 in Phillips County near the northeast corner of the state. “I live in a very conservative community and so a lot of the politics have gotten in the middle of this pandemic. It’s been playing out in the community,” said Harshbarger. “I’ve had people threaten me, actually. I’ve had people saying they were coming after me. I’ve...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – People are still seeking nursing careers in spite of the stories of stressed out and overworked nurses. “I don’t see myself doing anything else,” said University of Colorado College of Nursing student Shannon Crowson. Enrollment at the school is up 4%, but hanging over the Class of 2022 and 2023 will likely be the COVID pandemic. (credit: CBS) “Yeah that’s just a thing I guess with this new generation of nurses that everyone’s going to see is that we grew up in a pandemic, and I think that’s just going to be how we practice. On high stress alert, and that’s just what we’re going to get used to,” said Crowson. Nursing shortages that have become more severe in the pandemic are causing problems with staff adjusting to working extra shifts. “I think people are still going into nursing for all the right reasons,” said Dr. Tammy Spencer, assistant dean of the undergraduate program at the CU College of Nursing and a veteran nurse who still does hospital shifts. She reads the applications. “I still get...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it will begin enforcing the state’s vaccine mandate for all health care workers starting Friday. It’s estimated that 7,500 nursing home workers alone are unvaccinated. (credit: CBS) The current mandate states all workers must have their first shot or a religious or medical waiver by Sept. 30. The Colorado Health Care Association, which represents 90% of nursing homes, and the Colorado Hospital Association, say they were assured the state would not take punitive action until the end of October, when the second vaccine is required. But the health department issued a statement Wednesday that led some to panic stating, “Facilities that are not compliant with the rule are breaking the law and employees who do not get the shot are choosing to fire themselves.” Both the hospital and nursing home associations warned, if they have to start firing employees, it will endanger patients’ safety. They’re already dealing with staff shortages. Thursday, Scott Bookman, CDPHE’s Incident Commander for COVID Response, clarified that the Health Department can’t force a hospital...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As hospitalizations continue to climb, and the availability of intensive care unit beds begins to dwindle, Colorado’s hospitals are once again adapting to meet the needs of the state. More than 900 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 80% of them not fully vaccinated. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) “The burden of the unvaccinated on our hospitals is profound. And it impacts all Coloradans because those who are vaccinated will struggle to get the same level of care in the hospital,” said Scott Bookman, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Incident Commander for COVID-19. READ MORE: Feels Like No Time At All: Denver Woman Saw The First Plane Hit Just Blocks Away From Twin Towers The state has less than 200 ICU beds available as of Friday, but not all of them are being used by COVID patients. “Many of the people who are in our intensive care units in Colorado hospitals right now are there for other reasons,” said Julie Lonborg a Senior Vice President for the Colorado Hospital Association. “We’re also seeing patients that...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Public health officials and hospital leaders said Wednesday the surge of COVID-19 patients from the delta variant is threatening the health care system in northern Colorado. (credit: CBS) They want more people to get vaccinated in time to avoid another major surge in the fall. UCHealth reported on Wednesday morning that 94 patients have COVID-19 or could be possibly infected in northern Colorado, including 36 patients who require intensive care. Poudre Valley Hospital has already started doubling up patients in ICU rooms, doctors sharing that some of those hospitalized are as young as their 20s. “Seeing people with COVID-19, young people, old people, struggling to breathe on ventilators is sobering to say the least,” said Tom Gonzales, the public health director for Larimer County. “Those that don’t think this is real, you’re very, very wrong.” Gonzales toured the ICU and other parts of the hospital on Wednesday before sharing his concerns publicly about what he saw inside and the need to get more people in the county vaccinated. While he was pleased to see the...
    Childcare centers must operate under certain regulations. Photo: Sean Gallup / . The owner of a child care center and a former employee were found guilty Thursday in Colorado of child abuse after authorities discovered 25 infants hiding behind a wall in the basement to circumvent the operating license of the place that allowed only six minors and no employees. Carla Fair, owner of Play Mountain Place, and Christina Swauger were arrested on November 13, 2019. The criminal prosecution followed Colorado Springs police officers came to the home for a security check. Authorities received reports that Faith was sheltering too many children in her home. The Crime Online report indicates that initially when officers arrived they did not see all of the children, but they did listen to them. In view of the suspect’s uncooperative behavior, the uniformed officers searched the residence and stumbled upon the makeshift barrier that hid the door to the basement. 25 children, all under 3 years old When they went down into space, they discovered two employees and the...
    An active duty soldier who recently won a state beauty pageant has been given permission by her superiors to miss a planned deployment in Iraq so that she can compete in Miss America later this year.  Army specialist Maura Spence-Carroll, 21, was crowned Miss Colorado in June of this year, beating out eleven other women in order to earn the prestigious title, and qualify for a spot in the national pageant, which is due to take place in December.  However Maura, who is an intelligence analyst stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado, was originally scheduled to leave for a rotation in Iraq before Miss America was due to begin - until her superiors offered her the chance to skip out on the deployment so she could move ahead and compete.  'I volunteered and then my unit said, "No you're going to have to go to Miss America,"' the beauty queen revealed to Fox News, explaining that the decision to leave her off the manifest was made before she had even won Miss Colorado.  Queen: Active duty soldier Maura Spence-Carroll (right)...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is announcing new guidelines when it comes to long-term care residential facilities for older adults and those with disabilities. The CDPHE tweeted about the new face mask requirements, regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status. Changes include: ➡️Requiring universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.➡️Requiring testing of fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID positive person. — Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) August 4, 2021 The changes include requiring universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status and requiring testing of fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID positive person. (credit: iStock/Getty) These changes come after the Centers for Disease Control recommended mask use for vaccinated individuals indoors in areas where cases are surging.
    (CBS4) — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released update guidance Friday for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. The state is now requiring facilities to rapid test unvaccinated staff daily for COVID-19 at the beginning of each shift. READ MORE: 40% Of Colorado COVID Cases Are New, More Transmissible Delta Variant, Health Officials Say Unvaccinated residents who leave facilities overnight must be tested upon their return as well. The mandate applies to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities, and group homes. READ MORE: Stock Market Plummets Amidst Growing Fears Of COVID’s Delta Variant “Residential care and nursing home communities have been on the front-line of mitigating COVID-19 throughout the pandemic and these added infection prevention measures will help us combat variants of concern and rising cases when they occur,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director of CDPHE’s Health Facilities and EMS Division. (credit: CBS) The new rules come as health officials wrestle with increasing concerns about the efficiency of the Delta variant‘s airborne transmission and the growing numbers of hospitalizations...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Mapping of Colorado’s COVID cases shows a concentration of cases in many underserved neighborhoods, and in some cases ten times the rate of cases than were found in neighborhoods with higher income levels. (credit: CBS) Sometimes those stark differences were only minutes drive apart. “These are all neighborhoods that are separated by just a street or a block or two,” said Michele Lueck, President and CEO. “Like the differences between Montbello and Park Hill. Or the differences between Central Park… and East Colfax,” said Lueck. (credit: CBS) The conclusions come from a report from the non-partisan Colorado Health Institute. The information was drawn from census tract data showing COVID rates for most of 2020. The highest levels were found where people: ”had lower education levels and with higher concentrations of non-English speakers and people of color. In these areas, various systemic factors contribute to the disparities, including crowded housing, inability to telecommute, and less access to health care,” the study concluded. “We have a responsibility for everybody in our community and in our world to be able...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is about to become the first state in the country with its own emergency brigade of health care workers. Gov. Jared Polis signed a new law creating the nation’s first Health Service Reserve Corps. (credit: Getty Images) The corps will be similar to how the National Guard is deployed. The team will be made up of volunteer health care workers who are cross-trained to work together in emergencies. READ MORE: Weld County Detectives, Brighton Police Work Together To Investigate Ryan Coburn Death A doctor, nurse and EMT in the state Legislature came up with the idea as a way of addressing burnout in health care from the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: Steele Street To Be Closed For Central 70 Project The reserve corps would use underworked medical professionals to help the overworked. (credit: CBS) “What this is going to do is make sure Colorado is better prepared, we’re going to have these health care workers cross-trained on how to deal with these critically ill patients, we’re going to look at making sure that...
    DENVER (CBS4) – New laws signed by Gov. Jared Polis will make the largest investment in behavioral health care in Colorado history. For Sen. Brittany Pettersen, the legislation is the culmination of five years of work and a momentous chapter in an against-all-odds kind of story. “You don’t often see people who are elected who had a parent who struggled with addiction, especially a heroin addiction,” said Pettersen whose mom struggled with addition for years. Sen. Brittany Pettersen (credit: CBS) Pettersen is one of the lead sponsors of new law aimed at transforming pain management in Colorado. It requires insurers to cover things like acupuncture and physical therapy the same as primary care. “It is cheaper to give someone a bottle opioids, where they have a high risk of becoming addicted, than to give them alternatives for their addressing pain. That’s what this bill is going to do,” said Pettersen. Rep. Leslie Herod co-sponsored the bill. Her sister has also struggled with addiction. (credit: Rep. Leslie Herod) “This has been one of the deadliest years for overdoses in the state...
    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill would provide free contraceptives and reproductive care to people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation, heard by the House Health and Insurance committee Wednesday, aims to create a reproductive health care program within the state health department to provide contraceptives, management of birth control products or devices and counseling to people who do not qualify for Medicaid because of their citizenship or immigration status. Democratic Rep. Yadira Caraveo, one of the bill’s sponsors, cited medical studies that show access to contraception leads to declines in maternal and infant mortality and higher graduation rates among young women. READ MORE: Northern Colorado Drug Task Force Dismantles Fentanyl, Meth Trafficking Ring, 10 Arrested “By helping them plan pregnancies and achieve goals like graduation or higher education, more Coloradans will be able to make informed, healthy choices and avoid the cycle of poverty,” Caraveo said. Oregon and Washington already have similar programs, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization for sexual and reproductive health and rights. The bill also allows for Medicaid recipients to...
    DENVER (CBS4)– According to a new study, 1 in 10 health care workers have considered leaving the profession and 6 in 10 say the coronavirus pandemic has burned them out. One Colorado soldier has made it his mission to try to help nurses on the front lines. (credit: Getty Images) Sgt. Maj. Ignacio Garza started the “Special Forces Foundation” which typically helps veterans. Now the foundation has shifted its focus to health care workers. Garza said the professions share some commonalities, “You’re in a high-stress environment with a ton of ambiguity that’s constantly moving, constantly changing, that’s dangerous – and you see tragedy constantly around you.” (credit: CBS) Garza recommends meditation, checking in on your team, and have a distinct work-home life balance.
    (CBS4) – About 80% of health care workers in Colorado have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said it is acceptable for you to ask your doctor if they are vaccinated during his weekly question and answer session on CBSN Denver. He did point out because of privacy laws, they do not have to answer. READ MORE: Gabriel Samora Accused Of Shooting 2 People Near Denvers Capitol Hill Neighborhood “This is a subject I really feel strongly about,” Hnida said. He said it goes farther than just knowing what someone’s vaccination status is. He said it’s about feeling confident you will not get ill from a visit to an office, clinic or hospital. He also said there’s a philosophical and ethical basis around the question. READ MORE: Denver Weather: Rain Today Before Unusual Mid-May Snow Tonight “‘Do I have a health care provider who really doesn’t care to get vaccinated?’ That’s what it really boils down to at this point in time. We certainly would have a difference of opinion about vaccination and that makes...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis announced changes and another 30 day extension to the statewide mask order on Sunday. In counties where there are more than 35 cases per 100,000, people must wear masks indoors where there are 10 or more unvaccinated people. (credit: Getty)   READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Dr. Dave Hnida Explains Why Masks Are Still Needed In The Centennial State In indoor spaces where there are more than 10 people inside, and 80% of the group are fully vaccinate, masks are not required. Masks are still not required when outside. However, masks are still required in schools, child care centers, government facilities, prisons and health care settings.  
    DENVER (CBS4) –  For nearly 40 years, CBS4 has been raising money and awareness for youth living in foster care. It’s called A Day for Wednesday’s Child. It’s a celebration of the connections that can transform a child’s life. “Connections are really relationships, is what we’re talking about, aren’t built by snapping our fingers right. We make this all happen by developing relationships one step and one bit at a time,” said Lauren Arnold, Executive Director of Raise the Future. READ MORE: Alix Jo-Ray Montoya, Brandie Price Arrested After Home Invasion & Chase (credit CBS) Raise the Future helped move 299 young people out of foster care last year, by making connections for them with caring adults. “We do that in a couple of different ways. Now the first thing we do is work with our kids and our youth to identify people who are already in their lives to see if we can deepen and strengthen those relationships, so it might be an auntie, an uncle, a coach, a former teacher, a neighbor. You know, really try to take...
    By JENNIFER BROWN and TAMARA CHUANG, The Colorado Sun DENVER (AP) — Louise Carr, 50 and divorced, lost her job as a baker and waitress early on in the pandemic when the Castle Rock cafe where she worked closed its doors. Now she’s vying with 20-somethings for work in a juice bar, and she’s losing. Laura Charlton, 51, watched her self-made massage therapy business in Elizabeth dwindle to nothing as the coronavirus spread, leaving her no choice but to file for unemployment to make her rent. She, too, works at a trade dominated by women and hard hit by the shutdown. And Lenore Knox, 43 and mom to twin third-graders, was juggling the boys’ online school with her job at a Boulder soccer club. When her pay was cut nearly in half, she quit. Now, she says, “I feel my self-worth plunging and am terrified that this work gap is going to punish me for years to come.” The pandemic that arrived in Colorado about a year ago has crushed the state’s economy and pushed unemployment to levels not seen...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — A 46-year-old man in Colorado Springs is accused of sexually assaulting children placed in his home for foster care. Joel Longshore was arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Joel Longshore (credit: Colorado Springs Police) The investigation began in December 2020. READ MORE: Teenage Skier Dies After Hitting A Tree At Eldora Mountain Resort “During the on-going investigation, additional victims were identified and interviewed about their sexual abuse in the foster home,” investigators stated. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: 2nd Coronavirus Infection Cases Total 822 Since August 2020 CSPD Special Victims detectives are actively seeking additional information, including potential unreported incidences involving the suspect. MORE NEWS: Funding From COVID Groups To Help 8 Colorado Foundations If anyone has any information, or was a victim, please call the Colorado Springs Police Department using the department’s main number, 719-444-7000.
    (CBS4) — Researchers say the economic fallout from the pandemic is hitting women harder– especially mothers. That’s according to a study from the Common Sense Institute. In 2020, more than 20,000 Colorado mothers left the work force and have not yet re-entered. Researchers have dubbed it a “she-cession.” (credit: iStock/Getty Images) Mothers were also nearly twice as likely to reduce their work hours compared to fathers. READ MORE: 1st Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Neshan Johnson, Juvenile Suspect In Shooting Death Of Pamela Cabriales Nicole Riehl co-authored the study. She says that when schools and child care facilities closed, it forced a lot of moms to choose between their kids and their work. Riehl says for Colorado to meet its economic recovery goals, women need to return to the work force. To accomplish that, she says the state must ensure quality and affordable childcare is available. “Economic recovery starts with addressing one of the biggest challenges faced by mothers, access to affordable and quality childcare,” said Riehl. READ MORE: No School For Overland High Students After Death Of Principal Aleshia...
    A Texan mayor has resigned after accusing his snowed-in residents of being 'lazy', telling them to 'get off your a** and take care of your own family' in the midst of a storm that wiped out power for a swathe of the region. Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, went viral with his Facebook post on Tuesday Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, 220 miles west of Fort Worth, voiced his frustrations at the town's 4,000 residents on Facebook. 'No one owes you are your family anything; nor is it the local government's responsibility to support you during trying times like this!' he wrote on Tuesday morning. 'The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!' Data from Oncor Electric Delivery, which serves about 4,400 customers in Colorado City's ZIP code, showed that 1,304 of them were without power at 9pm on Tuesday. The temperature was 23 degrees. Boyd continued at length, saying that he was 'sick and tired' of people looking for handouts and that the current situation is 'sadly a product...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Coloradans will now have more options when it comes to getting the COVID vaccine. Those who are eligible under state guidelines can sign up starting Friday through select Walmart stores, in addition, King Soopers is expanding the number of stores they have distributing doses. (credit: CBS) Both are part of the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, giving them an additional supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to expand access. RELATED: State Lawmakers Aim To Tackle Unemployment Issues: We Need To Step Up “I was going to go to Greeley tomorrow to get my shots but if I can get it done here, it will save me a lot of traveling.” Alan Crespin said. He and his wife were planning to travel an hour north to Greeley to get their shots but say using their neighborhood pharmacy would be far more convenient “I come here for all my vaccines,” he said standing outside the Thornton Walmart, one of 28 stores in Colorado that will begin distribution. Participating in the federal program will allow retail pharmacies to get direct shipments...
    DENVER (CBS4)– King Soopers and City Market locations in Colorado are getting more coronavirus vaccines thanks to a federal partnership. The stores owned by parent company Kroger hope to get more people vaccinated through the expanded program. (credit: Kroger) King Soopers pharmacies are getting more Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday as part of the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. There are 147 King Soopers and City Market pharmacies across Colorado. (credit: CBS) Right now in Colorado, health care workers, those 65 years and up, K-12 education and child care workers are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, along with select state government officials can also make an appointment. Reservations are required and those interested are asked to reserve a time slot online at www.kingsoopers.com/covidvaccine or www.citymarket.com/covidvaccine.
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver is one of the healthiest cities in the nation, according to a new study. The Mile High City ranks ninth in WalletHub’s new report “2021’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America.” (credit: CBS) The study looked extensively into how each city has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it “the most pressing health issue in the past year.” RELATED: Colorado Cardiologist Talks About Heart Health After COVID, Hidden Symptoms In Women “How well a city handles it can have a huge impact on the wellness of its residents, both physically and mentally,” the study’s authors wrote. A panel of experts was consulted as part of the study, and each one was asked what steps are recommended for individuals who have gotten out of step with healthy habits during the pandemic. University of Vermont Professor Jan K. Carney was among those, saying “Try to get yourself on your own routine. Eat at regular times. Focus on healthy food options. Try to get a primary care visit in person or by telehealth and review your health goals and current...
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) — Weld County and state of Colorado officials called to a property on the northeast side of Greeley last week discovered at seven dead and decomposing animals inside the livestock pens. Due to the acceptable health conditions of the animals that were still alive, officials took no action against the animals’ owner. That doesn’t sit well with many who have seen the photos. (credit: Denkai Animal Sanctuary/Facebook) Floss Blackburn, the executive director of the Denkai Animal Sanctuary, posted the photos on Facebook. “These animals are not receiving proper care,” she wrote in a plea to investigators. Joseph Moylan, a spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, said animal control officers visited the property “multiple times” last week. Friday, they were joined by representatives from the county’s health department and planning and zoning department. A state-employed field veterinarian evaluated the more than two dozen living animals and concluded their health to be adequate. That veterinarian also determined that securing the most recently deceased animal – a goat that died approximately two weeks ago – for a necropsy would...
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