The Cherry Cricket is one of half a dozen restaurants operated by Breckenridge-Wynkoop Holdings, which operates half a dozen restaurants statewide. The company had to lay off around 500 employees on Monday, March 16, after Governor Jared Polis ordered an end to eating out in restaurants and bars. Now the restaurant is only serving take-out and curbside orders during the coronavirus outbreak.

—Hart Van Denburg

7:53 p.m. – Representative Jason Crow will also enter self-quarantine

Just hours after Sen. Cory Gardner announced he was self-quarantining, Rep. Jason Crow announced he would also self-isolate after contact with a voter who tested positive for coronavirus.

“We have a personal responsibility as citizens to do everything we can to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” Crow said in a statement. “Although I have no symptoms, we must treat any possible exposure with the utmost caution and for this reason I will self-quarantine.”

—Alex Scoville

6:52 p.m. — We are in March. Everything is cancelled. Do the Denverite Social Distancing Support

Fill your support here and enjoy.

6:21 p.m. – A resident and staff member at a long-term care facility for the elderly in Loveland have tested positive for coronavirus

The North Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center operated by Columbine Health Systems has both a resident and an employee who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

These are the first confirmed cases in a Colorado long-term care facility. This is concerning, as older people appear to be particularly susceptible to this strain of coronavirus. In Seattle, up to two dozen deaths have been linked to a single nursing home.

Read the full story here.

5:34 p.m. – Gardner will self-quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Sen. Cory Gardner will self-quarantine after meeting a Colorado voter who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The health and safety of Colorans and Americans across the country is my top priority, and I will continue to work to ensure that Congress provides the necessary resources to help combat the spread of COVID-19,” he said. Gardner said in a statement.

5:02 p.m. – CU Boulder cancels launch ceremonies

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Signs advising CU Boulder students at the University Memorial Center on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 to wash their hands in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The University of Colorado at Boulder will not hold any commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020.

In a statement, Chancellor Philip DiStefano said the university was considering virtual options for the event.

CU Boulder has moved classes online for the duration of the spring semester and is asking college housing students to return home if they can.

—Alex Scoville

4:36 p.m. – The Colorado Supreme Court will hear the question of when the state’s 2020 legislative session can end

The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether state lawmakers can extend the end date of Colorado’s annual legislative session.

The Colorado Constitution requires the legislative session to last 120 days, which would have put the last day of this year’s session at May 6.

But that was before state lawmakers decided to temporarily halt work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Democrats argue that because the governor has declared a state of emergency, that two-week break could be added to the normal end date for sessions. Republicans say the constitution requires the session to end on May 6, regardless of how long lawmakers take a break.

—Bente Birkeland

4:34 p.m. — The 33-year-old Brown Palace pianist is temporarily laid off

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Longtime Brown Palace pianist John Kite is temporarily out of work as the hotel’s bar and restaurant close due to coronavirus.

John Kite has been the Brown Palace pianist for 33 years.

But for at least the next 8 weeks — while Denver’s bars and dining halls are closed — he’s been missing a gig.

Kite wept as he described his love for the customers he meets and the people he works with over tea in the lobby and dinner at The Ship Tavern. But he remains optimistic.

“I think when Denver comes back, when we’re done, it’s going to be good. It’s going to be strong. I think it’s going to be really strong, he said.

And what song are customers most likely to request? River of the Moon.

—Ryan Warner

4:28 p.m. – Rocky Mountain National Park will remain open, but will close visitor centers and cancel events

You can still socially distance in the great outdoors, but Rocky Mountain National Park puts the brakes on some activities.

While the park remains open, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Fall River Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center will all be closed until further notice. Events and programs are also cancelled.

Also, did you know that RMNP has live cams? Good, they doand it’s a great way to soak up some views that don’t match your home office wall.

The view from the Rocky Mountain National Park Alpine Visitor Center webcam.

—Alex Scoville

4:14 p.m. — You asked: Aren’t many more people catching and dying from seasonal flu each year?

Yes. Well, so far anyway. In the United States only this season, seasonal flu has sickened up to 49 million people and killed up to 52,000, According to the CDC. This is obviously much more than COVID-19.

The difference is that the healthcare community has tools to control the spread of different seasonal flu strains. There is a vaccine that may not be 100% effective, but can prevent the spread at the pandemic level. On top of that, people have some immunity to seasonal flu. Such containment does not exist for COVID-19.

Scientists don’t yet know as much about this coronavirus as they know about seasonal flu. Early research into the outbreak in Wuhan, China found a higher death rate than seasonal flu, although it seemed to be dropping as medical care caught up. Still, the death rate of COVID-19 is unknown and more research is needed.

You have more questions ? We got more responses.

4:09 p.m. – Someone put masks on the iconic sculptures on the main street of Grand Junction

But are they practicing social distancing?

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James Dalton Trumbo’s sculpture in downtown Grand Junction with a mask.
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The “Girl on Bike” sculpture in downtown Grand Junction with a mask.
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The “Shell Boys” water fountain sculpture in downtown Grand Junction with masks.

—Alex Scoville and Stina Sieg

3:47 p.m. – As businesses close, Small Business Administration disaster loans are not (yet) available

Federal disaster loans through the Small Business Administration could open as early as the end of this week in Colorado to help businesses facing shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Thousands of businesses closed today in Colorado to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Jared Polis ordered the unprecedented closure of bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos yesterday. The governor’s medical experts reviewed data that showed social distancing strategies could have a profound impact on the spread of COVID-19

These businesses may qualify for disaster loans, which are low in interest and may have flexible repayment terms. But the SBA is not yet ready to accept applications for coronavirus-related disaster loans.

“The Colorado District Office for the SBA is working closely with the governor’s office on the reporting process,” said Colorado District Office spokesman Stephen Collier. “There is a very prescribed process for this particular program and the Governor’s Office is working diligently to achieve this. Once Colorado is approved, it will be widely communicated.

Governor Polis’ office said it is working to get the proper disaster designations for all counties to open SBA loans.

“Given the statewide impact of COVID-19, it was critical to engage Colorado counties to secure documents that allow Governor Polis to move the statewide forward in as a disaster area,” said Glenn Plagens, director of business support and rural areas. prosperity. “Completed forms are being turned over to the Office of Emergency Management for submission, allowing Governor Polis to make the statement this week.”

SBA officials said an approval could come as soon as this week, with Colorado able to get the proper paperwork.

—Ben Markus

3:36 p.m. – Second coronavirus death in Colorado

A man in his 60s has died from COVID-19 in Weld County, health officials confirmed Tuesday.

“Protecting our high-risk populations from COVID-19 is imperative,” said Mark E. Wallace, executive director of the Weld County Health Department. “We strongly suggest people practice social distancing to prevent future deaths from COVID-19 and to protect our workforce. Each reduction in the number of contacts you have per day will have a significant impact on the spread of the virus. »

—Alex Scoville

3:06 p.m. – Learn about Colorado’s unprecedented spike in unemployment

Coronavirus Summit County Copper ClosedHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Copper Mountain posted “closed” signs on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

A spike in jobless claims came as Gov. Jared Polis ordered the temporary closure of ski resorts and restaurants — moves that health experts say will slow the spread of the virus and minimize the risk of hospitals being overwhelmed.

Daily data shows a sharp rise in jobless claims amid the pandemic. For comparison, the state received only about 400 unemployment claims on Monday, March 9.

A week later, the state reported 3,900 claims in one day.

And on Tuesday, there were a staggering 6,800 claims as of 10 a.m.

Read the full story here.

—Andy Kenney

2:58 p.m. — These photos of an empty DIA are chilling

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