COVID

John Frank
Oct 22, 2021 - News

Michael Porter Jr. emerges as prominent COVID-19 vaccine skeptic

Michael Porter Jr. poses for a photo
Michael Porter Jr. Photo: Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. steps onto the court at Ball Arena Friday unvaccinated against the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The 23-year-old shooter is emerging as one of the NBA's most vocal skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine — and among the most prominent in Colorado.

Alayna Alvarez
Oct 21, 2021 - News

Colorado COVID cases pose continued concern

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

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state continue to climb, with case counts here outpacing all but two states nationwide.

By the numbers: Colorado stands out as one of only 10 states that saw infections increase during the past two weeks, a New York Times analysis shows.

John Frank
Oct 19, 2021 - Politics

Colorado's vaccine sweepstakes didn't boost rates

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Colorado spent $5 million in COVID-19 relief money on a much-hyped sweepstakes that failed to boost the state's vaccination rates, a new study finds.

Why it matters: Published Friday in JAMA Health Forum, the research is the first to examine the effectiveness of 19 state-run lotteries, writes Axios' Ivana Saric, and it offers insight into how governments can better craft incentive-based policies.

John Frank
Oct 19, 2021 - COVID

How the pandemic impacted Latinos in Colorado

Data: MOE +/- 3.1%; Chart: John Frank/Axios

A new poll released today finds the COVID-19 pandemic took a particularly hard toll on Latino families in Colorado.

By the numbers: 6 in 10 said they lost a job or saw their work hours cut, while nearly as many reported difficulty paying bills.

John Frank
Oct 18, 2021 - News

Denver poised to give belated incentives for vaccinations

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock speaks at the Colorado Convention Center on Sept. 22.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock speaks at the Colorado Convention Center on Sept. 22. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Mayor Michael Hancock may have his way after all.

What's happening: City employees who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or received an exemption could soon receive bonuses for complying with the Hancock administration's vaccine mandate.

John Frank
Oct 14, 2021 - COVID

Colorado hits new COVID milestones amid fifth wave

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

Colorado topped 8,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, and hospitalizations are at their highest point this year as a fifth wave goes unabated.

By the numbers: Colorado stands out nationwide as one of only nine states experiencing increasing rates through Oct. 12.

John Frank
Oct 7, 2021 - COVID

Colorado in precarious COVID territory

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

COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their highest rate since January, and the state's case counts continue to grow.

By the numbers: Colorado is one of 10 states in the U.S. that saw infections increase during the past two weeks, a New York Times analysis shows.

John Frank
Oct 6, 2021 - Politics

Polis defends firings of unvaccinated but may backtrack on mandate

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis stands at a mass vaccination drive in January. Photo: Chet Strange/AFP via Getty Images
Gov. Jared Polis at a mass vaccination drive in January. Photo: Chet Strange/AFP via Getty Images

Colorado's governor is embracing his role as the enforcer of COVID-19 vaccine mandates even as officials in his administration want to backtrack.

What's happening: Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order this week to make it easier to terminate state employees who refuse to adhere to his vaccine requirements.

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