Mar 10, 2021 - News
Flashback: How the pandemic unfolded in Colorado
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Right about now in 2020, the pandemic began to become quite real across Colorado.

Why it matters: March is when the once-in-a-century pandemic changed life as we know it.

Flashback: Time became fuzzy in 2020. Here are the big moments to remember:

  • March 5: The first COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Colorado.
  • March 12: Colorado schools begin to shut down, a week ahead of a statewide closure order.
  • March 13: The first COVID-19 fatality in Colorado is announced.
  • March 14: Ski resorts ordered to close early for the season.
  • March 16: Restaurants and bars close to in-person dining.
  • March 18: Order issued limiting gatherings to 10 people.
  • March 20: Rocky Mountain National Park shuts its gates.
  • March 23: Denver issues stay-at-home order.
  • March 25: Statewide lockdown mandate is issued.

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