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State to consider giving businesses more capacity under `best practice' program

The state public-health department is considering new rules that would allow businesses to operate at higher capacity than current coronavirus-related restrictions normally permit — as long as the …
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COVID-19 contact tracing apps not gaining much traction

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making …
As of Nov. 24, the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital had been postponing non-emergent surgeries and procedures for the past few weeks to help manage their patient counts. The hospital was also planning to open their surge units if the amount of hospitalized COVID-19 cases continued to grow.

Highlands Ranch hospital confronts staff outbreak, rise in area's COVID cases

Throughout November, UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital had to work to overcome a staff outbreak and a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the community as it prepared to deploy surge plans. The …

Statewide grant for restaurant tents, heating still available

Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, an effort to help restaurants …
The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners, from left, comprises Roger Partridge, Lora Thomas and Abe Laydon.

In letter to Polis, Douglas County commissioners ask to reopen restaurants

In a letter to Gov. Jared Polis sent Nov. 25, Douglas County commissioners requested that the county be allowed to start a variance program that would keep qualifying restaurants open for indoor …

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Elbert County deputies have discretion on wearing masks

Steven Joanis regularly drives from his home in Sedalia to his property in Kansas, passing through Elbert County to do so. Joanis, a retired military veteran and lifelong supporter of law enforcement …
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Douglas County School District decides to go fully remote after Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 cases mounting, the Douglas County School District has decided to switch entirely to remote learning after Thanksgiving break, according to a letter sent by the district to families and …
The Littleton Public Schools administration building.

Littleton Public Schools switches to remote learning in face of climbing COVID numbers

Littleton Public Schools will switch to all-remote learning beginning Nov. 17 and running through the rest of the fall semester in the face of climbing COVID-19 numbers, according to an announcement …
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Douglas County School District likely to move to remote-only learning after Thanksgiving

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Douglas County, schools will likely move to remote learning after returning from Thanksgiving break, following an informal decision from the school board Nov. …

Two Douglas County schools switch to remote learning amid COVID-19 surges

Two county high schools will make the switch to remote learning until the end of the month after a surge in COVID-19 cases and quarantines caused staffing shortages, according to letters sent to …

Douglas County School District urges parents to prepare for remote learning

The Douglas County School District is bracing for a switch back to remote education. In a Nov. 6 letter, interim Superintendent Corey Wise warned the community that the district could soon consider a …
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Elly Evans stands outside the tap house she ran with her father, Steve, before he died of COVID-19 complications.

Castle Rock business that was temporarily shuttered for defying health orders had replaced a tap house run by COVID-19 victim

A Castle Rock restaurant temporarily ordered to close for defying the state's new pandemic public health orders fills a space previously operated by a community businessman who died from COVID-19 complications. …

Castle Rock Town Council rebukes level red status

The Castle Rock Town Council has approved a resolution rebuking the state moving Douglas County to level red pandemic restrictions and closing indoor dining, also stating it would refuse to …
Tri-County Health Department is based in Greenwood Village. The health department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. File photo

Health department rescinds closure orders for five Douglas County restaurants

The Tri-County Health Department has rescinded orders to close sent to five Douglas County restaurants, each located in Parker and Castle Rock, after coming to an agreement with the owners.
Palenque Cocina general manager Marisa Vera said the saddest part of the new restrictions is taking much of the restaurant's wait staff off the schedule.

'This is scarier than spring': Littleton restaurants face renewed restrictions

Littleton restaurants saw their final indoor diners for the near future on Nov. 20, in the final hours before heightened restrictions to slow surging COVID-19 cases took effect. At Palenque Cocina, …

Chris Bogert, general manager at Landsdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch, stands behind the host desk at the restaurant just hours before indoor dining in the county became prohibited.

Douglas County offers funding to help businesses struggling as new COVID-19 restrictions kick in

Douglas County restaurant owners are feeling increasingly anxious about the coming months as new restrictions related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 now prohibit all indoor dining. It's because …
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