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To Contain the Coronavirus, Colorado Needs an Army of Contact-Tracers. This is How it Will Work.

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateApril 21, 2020

“This is a common public health tool that’s been used for decades if not centuries,” said Dr. Lisa Miller, an epidemiology professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and a former top leader at CDPHE. But scaling up to tackle a disease as fast-moving and widespread as COVID-19, Miller said, “That’s something we haven’t done before.”

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Uncertainty Fuels Coronavirus Scams, Misinformation Around Colorado

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Publish DateApril 15, 2020

“We can count the most visible tip of the iceberg in the case counts and presumably the deaths are pretty accurate,” said Jonathan Samet, dean and professor of the Colorado School of Public Health. “We know that those case counts are an undercount, and they clearly are going to miss most of the asymptomatic people.”

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Coronavirus May Have Reached Colorado as Early as January, Weeks Before the State had the Ability to Test

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Publish DateApril 09, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, says his team of epidemiologists derived the January introduction date by projecting backwards from the first cases identified by the CDPHE. “What is really built into it is the transmission dynamics,” he said. “In other words, how long it takes for somebody to go from being infected to being symptomatic, symptomatic to detected.”

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Colorado Hospitals are Postponing Elective Surgeries, Reusing Masks in Preparation for a Coronavirus Surge

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 16, 2020

UCHealth is evaluating whether to take everyone’s temperature before allowing them inside the building, said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth’s chief innovation officer and chair of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Fever is a frequent symptom of the coronavirus, along with trouble breathing.

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Colorado Wants to Ensure Coronavirus won’t Affect Low-Income, Minority Communities Disproportionately

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Publish DateMarch 10, 2020

“It boils down to these communities being less protected, with fewer resources to be deployed to screen and identify a threat,” said Glen Mays, chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health. “When a new thing happens, you have to make choices every day. Ultimately, that means someone’s not going to get served.”

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From Rationing Masks to Polishing Emergency Plans, Here’s how Colorado Hospitals are Preparing for the Coronavirus

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Publish DateMarch 04, 2020

Dr. Michelle Barron, the medical director of infection control and prevention at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine], tells a story of an unannounced drill a couple years ago for responding to the Ebola virus. A member of Barron’s team talked of recent travel to Africa, then collapsed to the floor. Just as her alarmed colleagues were about to stick an IV in her arm, the woman fessed up that it was a drill. “That’s the way hospitals operate,” Barron said. “We’ve got to plan for these things. There’s nothing special for (coronavirus) we needed to do in that regard because we do it on a daily basis.”

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Colorado Wants to Let Pharmacists Write Prescriptions for HIV Prevention Drugs

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Publish DateFebruary 13, 2020

Colorado could use the 2016 law to enact protocol for HIV medication at pharmacies, but backers of the bill are seeking new legislation because, this time, they want pharmacists to get reimbursed by insurance companies for their time. One Colorado, the LGBTQ advocacy organization that initiated the HIV medication proposal, agreed to add the insurance reimbursement requirement to the bill after consulting with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the Colorado Pharmacists Society.

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Speciality Drugs Are Saving Lives in Colorado and Beyond. But Who Should Pay for Them?

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateFebruary 06, 2020

Speciality drug development has expanded the disconnect between manufacturers and payers. Colorado is adding more rare diseases but some advocates question what good that does if treatment is unaffordable. “For personalized medicine to truly be successful in the United States, we need to have payers on board,” said Dr. Kathleen Barnes, director of the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 

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