Alayna Alvarez
20 hours ago - News

Colorado COVID booster rollout off to a slow start

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Demand for Omicron boosters in Colorado isn't taking off as health officials had initially hoped.

Why it matters: With the onset of fall, local health experts are predicting a surge of COVID cases and say the boosters β€” which target one of the newest, most contagious strains of the virus β€” can provide extra protection from serious illness.

Billions in pandemic relief flows in Colorado with little oversight

Data: U.S. Treasury; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The massive chunk of federal pandemic relief for Colorado is landing directly in local government bank accounts with essentially no strings attached.

Why it matters: The unprecedented, one-time infusion raises major questions about how it is spent and whether it will generate the economic stimulus promised.

Where to get your COVID-19 booster shot in Colorado

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The state has set up eight community sites for Coloradans to get newly-approved COVID-19 vaccines tailored to be more effective against the Omicron variant, with two additional locations opening this week.

Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the booster shots last week, recommending the new booster for people ages 12 and older who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and individuals 18 years and up who received the Moderna shot.

Alayna Alvarez
Sep 9, 2022 - News

Colorado ranks 12th in life expectancy

Data: Arias, et al., 2022, "U.S. State Life Tables, 2020"; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Colorado has the 12th-highest life expectancy in the U.S., according to a CDC national vital statistics report released late last month.

  • The life expectancy for Coloradans was 78.3 years β€” higher than the national rate of 77 years.
John Frank
Sep 8, 2022 - Business

Colorado restaurants see reservations rise from pre-pandemic levels

Data: OpenTable; Chart: Axios Visuals

Just in time for the Denver Food and Wine Festival this week, new data will give the restaurant industry a reason to toast.

State of play: For the first time, reservations booked through the OpenTable service exceeded pre-pandemic levels for a sustained period, according to figures from the company.

Alayna Alvarez
Sep 7, 2022 - News

New COVID boosters arrive in Colorado

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Illustration: AΓ―da Amer/Axios

Coloradans can now get the new COVID boosters following the CDC's approval of Pfizer and Moderna's updated Omicron doses.

  • Pfizer's retooled vaccine is approved for people ages 12 years and older, while Moderna's shot is authorized for those who are 18 and up.
John Frank
Sep 6, 2022 - News

Monkeypox outbreak in Colorado poses communication challenge

Data: CDC, U.S. Census; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The first monkeypox death in the U.S. is amplifying questions about how to communicate the risks related to the disease and who is most vulnerable.

Why it matters: How health information is relayed to the public holds great consequences, as evidenced by the mistakes made related to talking about COVID-19 and HIV.

Alayna Alvarez
Aug 31, 2022 - News

Colorado collects millions in COVID funeral assistance

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Colorado has received about $21.6 million in federal aid to help families and individuals cover funeral costs for people who died from COVID-19, FEMA figures released this month show.

  • More than 5,000 residents applied for assistance as of Aug. 1, and about 4,000 have been approved.

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