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Six months after the coronavirus pandemic first was confirmed in Colorado, the state is nearing a grim milestone of two,000 deaths associated to the virus.
Colorado’s toll — 1,988 deaths as of Saturday — displays the quantity of people that died this yr with COVID-19 of their system. Most of these deaths, round 1,890, had been instantly brought on by the virus, in keeping with the state well being division.
The Denver Put up took this chance to share a few of the tales of loss in our state, speaking to households mourning mother and father, youngsters and siblings who succumbed to the virus. What reporters Jon Murray, Elise Schmelzer, Conrad Swanson and Noelle Phillips have assembled is a heartbreaking tribute to only a few of the lives minimize brief, Coloradans who every made an important affect on others in untold methods.
We hope you’ll spend a while at present reflecting on what’s been misplaced to COVID-19 and the households which have paid such a horrible value.
— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Put up 
As Colorado nears a milestone in COVID-19 deaths, remembering a number of of these we’ve misplaced
Rachel Ellis, The Denver PostNannette, left, and Connie Archuleta pose for a portrait collectively exterior their house in Denver on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The Archuleta household misplaced their matriarch, 73-year-old Jessica Archuleta, and her son, Gary Archuleta, 54, to COVID-19 inside 4 days of one another in April. Manuel Archuleta, 74, survived COVID however died Could 26, two days earlier than his 57th marriage ceremony anniversary to Jessica.

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No COVID-19 spike but from Colorado college reopenings, however specialists say it’s too early to have fun
David Zalubowski, The Related PressDennys Quezada, left, will get assist from staffer Myrna Zillalba whereas engaged on a laptop computer in a classroom in Newlon Elementary Faculty early Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, which is one among 55 Discovery Hyperlink websites arrange by Denver Public Faculties the place college students are taking part in distant studying on this time of the brand new coronavirus from a college in Denver. (David Zalubowski, The Related Press)
Thus far there’s no signal of a COVID-19 spike from the primary colleges in Colorado returning to in-person courses in mid-August, however it’s too early to declare the reopening experiment was profitable, specialists mentioned. Learn Extra…

One in 5 Coloradans fear about affording meals, hire throughout COVID-19 pandemic, survey finds
RJ Sangosti, The Denver PostThe Denver Broncos and the Meals Financial institution of the Rockies hosted a cell pantry for two,000 households at Empower Area at Mile Excessive on April 27, 2020 in Denver. The cell meals pantry is predicted to be the biggest of its type in Colorado to assist individuals in want in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
One in 5 Coloradans surveyed mentioned they had been nervous about shedding their houses or being unable to feed their households over the subsequent yr — and practically that many mentioned they already struggled to afford requirements. Learn Extra…

RTD weighing greater than 600 layoffs to shut finances gap
David Zalubowski, The Related PressA driver for the Regional Transportation District waves a lone passenger on to a ready bus on the bus heart because the district struggles with a deep drop in ridership due to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Aurora, Colo. The brand new coronavirus causes gentle or average signs for most individuals, however for some, particularly older adults and folks with present well being issues, it may possibly trigger extra extreme sickness or dying.
The Regional Transportation District gave discover Tuesday that greater than 600 union and salaried employees could face layoffs because the company tries to shut a $166 million projected shortfall in subsequent yr’s finances. Learn Extra…

Improve in house costs wipes out financial savings from decrease mortgage charges for Denver metro
AP Photograph/David ZalubowskiIn this Oct. 22, 2019 file photograph, an indication stands exterior a house on the market in southeast Denver.
Decrease mortgage charges in the course of the pandemic have meant decrease month-to-month funds, offering patrons throughout the nation with a powerful motivation to buy a house. However in metro Denver, house costs have appreciated so quickly this summer time that the advantages of that cheaper cash have evaporated. Learn Extra…

Snow days threatened by the rise of on-line studying amid coronavirus
Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostStudents from seven metro space college districts, together with these college students from South Excessive Faculty in Denver, had been launched early from courses final fall because the climate turned depraved over the course of the day. Will the pandemic make the snow day a factor of the previous?
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted many traditions — from shaking palms to sports activities occasions — at the very least briefly, and now it’s threatening a pleasure as previous as college itself: snow days. Learn Extra…

Photograph of the week
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Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostJoseph Michalski cleans up branches from in depth injury to his bushes exterior of his house on Sept. 9, 2020 in Boulder.

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