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Health officials concerned over COVID-19 hospital admissions

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Publish DateMay 19, 2021

“Colorado is heading in a positive direction again, and vaccination coverage is almost certainly playing a key role in this decline,” said Glen Mays, chair of the Colorado School of Public Health’s department of health systems.

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Colorado health officials explore virus vaccine passports

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Publish DateApril 09, 2021

One concern about potentially implementing the vaccine passports is ensuring they are equitable for all people, said Dr. Matthew Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Despite experiencing higher rates of infection and death from the coronavirus, people of color have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at a lower rate than white people.

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New Research Shows Marijuana THC Stays in Breast Milk for Six Weeks

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Publish DateMarch 26, 2021

“With the increasing utilization of marijuana in society as a whole, we are seeing more mothers who use marijuana during pregnancy,” said Erica Wymore, MD, MPH, primary investigator, neonatologist at Children’s Colorado and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “However, given the lack of scientific data regarding how long THC persists in breast milk, it was challenging to provide mothers with a definitive answer regarding the safety of using marijuana while breastfeeding and simply ‘pumping and dumping’ until THC was no longer detectable in their milk. With this study, we aimed to better understand this question by determining the amount and duration of THC excretion in breast milk among women with known prenatal marijuana use.”

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Colorado projects COVID-19 safety measures can save 4K lives

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Publish DateFebruary 04, 2021

Colorado is currently in the process of vaccinating residents, decreasing the number of people at risk of being hospitalized or dying from the virus, said Dr. Beth Carlton, a member of the COVID-19 modeling team for the state. “This is really about saving lives right now,” Carlton said, adding that if people do not follow safety guidelines, new strains of the virus could gain ground and increase spread.

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Online sign-ups complicate vaccine rollout for older people

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Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

Dr. Jean Kutner, chief medical officer of UCHealth University at Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine faculty], said she’s volunteering at a clinic hosted by a church that brings in the vaccine and helps build trust between health care workers and residents.

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US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic

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Publish DateOctober 29, 2020

Dr. Daniel Pastula, a neuroinfectious disease physician at UC Health University of Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine associate professor of neurology], said the outdoor element of ski trips is generally safe during a pandemic, but the virus could spread if people congregate in places such as lift lines, lodges, restaurants and bathrooms. “I think you can ski smartly and safely. Again, not completely eliminating the risk, but really reducing it,” he said. Pastula listed now-common safety measures for skiers to follow, among them staying outdoors as much as possible, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick.

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Colorado spending $2M to Provide Internet Access to Students

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Publish DateSeptember 03, 2020

What the impact of school reopening will be will not be known until weeks into the school year. But officials anticipate some reduction in a statewide social distancing rate that in recent weeks has contributed to a leveling of new infections, Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, and state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said.

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Trench Fever, a Rare Condition, Found Among Denver Homeless

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Publish DateJuly 24, 2020

Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine], received an unusual call last month from the microbiology lab: Confirmation of the third case this year of trench fever, a rare condition transmitted by body lice that plagued soldiers during World War I. Barron’s epidemiological training kicked in. “Two is always an outbreak, and then when we found a third — OK, we clearly have something going on,” Barron recalled thinking.

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