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Local coronavirus coverage

Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald staff writer

A lesson from the Spanish influenza outbreak a century ago

Questioning the importance and effectiveness of social distancing? Look no further than the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918 for a moment in Southwest Colorado’s past that should inform the...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango completes work above Whitewater Park

The city of Durango has completed work on the Whitewater Park intended to fix dangerous human-made rapids, and now it’s time to see what high water brings during spring runoff. “That’s kind of the...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two deaths involving illness are not coronavirus-related, La Plata County coroner rules

Two La Plata County residents who died earlier this month and were tested for the coronavirus did not have the disease, Coroner Jann Smith said. A man in his mid-40s and a woman in her late 30s,...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowboarder triggers avalanche, suffers serious injuries

A snowboarder in his 30s was seriously injured after triggering an avalanche in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains, requiring more than three dozen emergency personnel to be pulled away from...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

UPDATE: Southwest Colorado gets 3 new cases of coronavirus; one is health worker

Health officials in Southwest Colorado have confirmed more positive cases of the coronavirus, including one local health care worker, which will likely result in more strict measures to reduce the...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Citing health order, San Juan County sheriff says he can close backcountry

It may not be a popular decision for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers feeling cooped up during the coronavirus outbreak, but it does appear San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad has the legal...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort says no skiing front side of mountain

As tempting as it might seem, no, you can’t trek up Purgatory Resort’s ski trails and have the slopes all to yourself. In a statement issued Saturday by resort officials, Purgatory Resort asks the...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Spike in avalanches reported in San Juan Mountains

Dangerous snow conditions in the San Juan Mountains resulted in five separate avalanches triggered by skiers over the weekend, which caught six people, carried three and buried two. According to...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center opens in Durango

In a whirlwind week, the coronavirus outbreak has upended the nation and, no less so, La Plata County. In just a week’s time, Durango saw the shutdown of its vibrant restaurant and bar scene,...

DATE: March 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local officials: Give residents Denver TV news now

The struggle to get Denver TV broadcast in La Plata County has been going on for years, but with the outbreak of the coronavirus, local officials say getting information to residents from the state...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango churches get creative to bring messages of faith to members

Durango’s churches are increasingly turning to online streaming to bring messages of faith to its members in light of limitations on social gatherings as a result of fears about the spread of the...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local public health emergency declared amid coronavirus outbreak

A public health emergency was declared Monday morning by several entities in Southwest Colorado amid the spread of the coronavirus. San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata County and the city of...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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