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Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Going to the store? Cover your face, health department says

San Juan Basin Public Health on Wednesday recommended residents begin covering their nose and mouth with a bandanna or homemade cotton covering when leaving the home for essential travel, such as...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Durango woman shares her story of surviving coronavirus

As Sarah Sumner awaited results for her coronavirus test, she spent 12 long days in self-isolation, trying to keep both her physical and mental health strong. “I just felt terrible,” Sumner said....

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy Regional Medical Center announces interim CEO

FARMINGTON – Mercy Regional Medical Center’s new interim CEO will start next week, as the region grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospital announced Mike Murphy would temporarily replace...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees expands to nine seats

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill adding two members to Fort Lewis College’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will now have nine voting members and one faculty and student representative. The...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Can these homemade masks help Southwest Colorado defeat coronavirus?

During the first and second world wars, citizens grew victory gardens to feed hungry populations. The idea carried forward into the COVID-19 outbreak – but this time, people are making protective...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

How many COVID-19 tests have been done in La Plata County? Local health officials don’t know

One question health officials in La Plata County keep hearing from the public is: How many tests for coronavirus have been conducted in the community? But arriving at the answer isn’t so simple. “I...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

J. Paul Brown to reduce sheep herd amid disease concerns for bighorns

A conservation group has bought out one of Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown’s grazing allotments in the Weminuche Wilderness to reduce the risk his sheep pose to native bighorns, but critics say the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

2 Southern Ute employees test positive for COVID-19

Two employees of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal government have tested positive for COVID-19, and are in self-quarantine. A news release issued Sunday by the tribe said all appropriate steps are...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

La Plata County reaches 18 COVID-19 cases, officials urge residents to stay at home

San Juan Basin Public Health reported 18 positive COVID-19 cases Friday afternoon and one in Archuleta County. La Plata County and Durango officials told residents to act as though they have...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Southwest Colorado, with 13 in La Plata County

La Plata County’s number of positive coronavirus cases continues to rise. On Friday, San Juan Basin Public Health reported La Plata County’s confirmed cases jumped from four to 13. In Archuleta...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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