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Denver metro area school districts close for the school year

As Colorado braces for the COVID-19 peak to hit, 14 Denver metro area school districts jointly announced they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. …
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Passengers board a light rail train bound for downtown Denver from the downtown Littleton station last summer.

RTD slashing service amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Regional Transportation District is cutting service by 40% in response to plummeting demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders issued March 26 have forced nonessential businesses to …
Bobbie Jo Dodson and her fiance, Trent Stein, were forced to reschedule their March 28 wedding because of COVID-19 closures.

Wedding bells falling silent as COVID-19 disrupts plans, industry

Bobbie Jo Dodson waited to reschedule her wedding, clinging to hope she and her fiancé could enjoy some semblance of the event they spent a year planning, until the choice to reschedule was no …

COVID-19 testing not widely available to younger, healthy Coloradans

Nearly a month into the spread of COVID-19 through Colorado, testing for the illness is prioritized for health-care workers, hospitalized patients, and a long list of other vulnerable groups. At the …

Douglas County School District closes campuses for remainder of school year

More than a dozen Denver metro area school districts, including the Douglas County School District, jointly announced April 3 they will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the …

A volunteer loads food into a car at the Parker Task Force per the new protocol taken by the Parker Task Force.

Parker residents help neighbors through pandemic

Alicia Soto wanted to find a way to give back. She had seen news about people in Oklahoma crafting medical masks for doctors amid the COVID-19 pandemic and called Parker Adventist …
Education

Douglas County schools closed through at least April 30

The Douglas County School District will remain closed to in-person learning through April 30 after Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on April 1 mandating all public and private schools …
Sarah Kinney passes out meals at East Elementary School in Littleton on March 23. With schools closed because of COVID-19, Littleton Public Schools plans to keep distributing free breakfasts and lunches to all kids under 18 for the foreseeable future.

Colorado extends statewide school closure through April 30

Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado's statewide school closure through April 30, lining up with federal social distancing guidelines that the White House extended to the end of the month. Polis' …
Briana Harmon works on assignments as older sister Skylar looks on.

Douglas County School District dives into remote education

On March 24, Ava Bray was excited to work on school assignments after the Douglas County School District's spring break ended — and even more excited to be doing so from Florida. The 7-year-old was …
Kristen Sortman prepares a bagel for 3-year-old Flynn from the sack lunch they picked up a South Ridge Elementary School on March 23.

Douglas County schools begin offering free lunch, breakfast

On the first day the Douglas County School District offered free meals to children during coronavirus-spurred school closures, Jen Peifer, manager of operations for the district's Nutrition Services …

Douglas County School board revokes elementary's charter

The Douglas County School Board revoked the charter for HOPE Online Learning Academy's elementary school in March at the direction of the state board of education. HOPE's elementary school will close …
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Austin Adamson, co-owner and distiller at Lakewood distillery Ballmer Peak, adjusts the equipment that distills ethanol to be made into hand sanitizer. "This is an effort to get more hand sanitizer to the people who want it and calm some of the panic," Adamson said..

Distilleries lend a hand to meet demand

Around the time a national increase in COVID-19 cases began leading to product shortages, Spring44 Distilling in Loveland planned to make one highly demanded product — hand sanitizer — on-site. …
Parker Adventist Hospital is preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak as cases continue to rise in the area.

For Parker Adventist, 'it's tough not knowing' extent of local COVID-19 spread

Parker Adventist Hospital has plenty of masks, gowns and gloves, but doctors, nurses and staff are working harder than ever preparing for the unknown. Dr. Devin Bateman, chief medical officer at …

Park Meadows open, but most stores closed

Park Meadows, the state's largest indoor mall, remained open as of March 23 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, though most stores and the dining hall were closed. Plans called for the mall in Lone Tree to …

ToGoDenver.com helps restaurants amid pandemic

Statewide mandated dine-in closures, issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have left local restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed. Many now offer curbside …

Mark Meek, a King Soopers checker, checks out chocolate milk mix. King Soopers has recently modified its hours to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused grocery stores to be consistently busy in many parts of the state.

Grocery store employees adjust to a changed reality

Richard Schemmel calmly stocked apples at the King Soopers at 7984 W. Alameda Ave. in Lakewood on March 20. Schemmel, produce manager for the store, smiled — and from the look on his face, you …
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