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Colorado National Guard medical personnel perform coronavirus test on a motorist at a drive-thru testing site outside the Denver Coliseum Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Denver. Officials planned to administer 150 tests but the line of vehicles wrapped around three city blocks. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

31 dead as confirmed COVID-19 cases grow by hundreds in Colorado

BY Spencer McKee

March 27, 2020
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. A series of missteps at the nation's top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found. John Minchillo

Colorado activates 2-1-1 for COVID-19 resources

BY Michael Karlik

March 27, 2020
Jennifer Wittlin prepares for dinner take-out orders at Big King on terriWednesday, March 25, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Owner James Mark said pushing to restart the economy before the health crisis is over would put businesses like his in a terrible position. As things are now, there's some leverage for small businesses to negotiate with landlords or banks over rents, mortgages and debt payments. If things reopened while coronavirus was still making its way through the community, he'd be under pressure to put his staff and customers at risk to pay those bills. David Goldman, Associated Press

61,000 unemployment claims filed in first four days of week

BY Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics

March 27, 2020
Colorado National Guard medical personnel perform coronavirus test on a motorist at a drive-thru testing site outside the Denver Coliseum Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Denver. Officials planned to administer 150 tests but the line of vehicles wrapped around three city blocks. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado unemployment claims soar 737% amid virus shutdown

BY James Anderson and Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press

March 26, 2020
A shopper wears gloves upon entering a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors Thursday, March 19, 2020, in North Providence, R.I. This week grocery store chains and other retailers began offering special shopping hours for seniors and other groups considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. The dedicated shopping times are designed to allow seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions to shop among smaller crowds and reduce their chances of acquiring the virus. David Goldman

Gov. Polis encourages new safety protocols for Colorado grocery stores

BY Brandon Buchmeier

March 24, 2020