Alayna Alvarez
Jan 27, 2022 - News

Omicron sweeps through Denver's public safety agencies

Illustration of a police badge with a covid cell in the middle.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Omicron is wreaking havoc on Denver's public safety agencies.

Why it matters: Those on the frontlines have once again been hit by the pandemic at a time when violent crime is soaring and Denver's safety departments are already understaffed.

John Frank
Jan 27, 2022 - COVID

COVID-19 outbreak hits Colorado's COVID-19 lab

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Omicron is still leading to major COVID-19 outbreaks, even as the pandemic trend lines in Colorado are improving.

Driving the news: One of the largest new outbreaks — at 34 people — is at the state laboratory, where 15% of Colorado's coronavirus tests are processed, new data released Wednesday shows.

John Frank
Jan 25, 2022 - COVID

Colorado says COVID-19 booster shots prevent hospital visits, citing new data

Data: Denver and Colorado Public Health; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The need for booster shots in the battle against COVID-19 is growing more urgent as Colorado looks to turn the corner from Omicron.

Why it matters: Boosters — third doses for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and second ones for Johnson & Johnson — provide the greatest level of protection against the coronavirus, public health experts say, and reduce the burden on overtaxed hospitals.

John Frank
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Colorado front and center in new era of labor fights post-pandemic

Note: Unionized workers are members of a labor union or similar employee association; Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

The labor fight that recently hit Colorado grocery stores may soon extend to local coffee shops, classrooms and city hall.

Driving the news: Echoing the concerns that led to union picket lines outside Denver-area King Soopers and City Market stores, other private and public sector employees are demanding better working conditions.

John Frank
Jan 21, 2022 - COVID

Students protest COVID conditions in Denver schools

Illustration of a pencil broken in half on a divided background
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The COVID-19 disruption to Colorado classrooms is getting worse before it gets better.

State of school: The frustration on campus is hitting its peak just as experts suggest the Omicron surge is over, our education reporting partners at Chalkbeat found after talking to 20 students, parents, teachers and administrators across the state.

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 20, 2022 - News

COVID upends live music and entertainment in Colorado — again

A concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past July. Photo: Tom Cooper/Getty Images

In what feels like 2020 all over again, a COVID surge has ushered in a fresh wave of event cancellations and postponements less than one month into the new year.

State of play: The highly contagious Omicron variant — infecting performers, crews and audiences alike — has recently forced dozens of Denver-area events to drop from the calendar, including shows as far out as late spring.

John Frank
Jan 20, 2022 - COVID

Colorado hits peak Omicron as COVID cases begin decline

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado is starting to see coronavirus cases decline, an indication to public health experts that Omicron has reached its peak.

Why it matters: The COVID-19 variant led to the sharpest spike in case rates in the two-year pandemic and put hospitals on the brink of crisis.

John Frank
Jan 19, 2022 - COVID

COVID-19 vaccine rates show racial disparities in Colorado

Data: KFF; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado made vaccine equity a cornerstone of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, but: A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that Colorado lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to vaccinations among Hispanic and Asian populations.

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