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Local coronavirus coverage

Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

COVID-19 test results not yet complete in La Plata County man’s death

Results of a COVID-19 test performed on a La Plata County man after his death had not been completed as of Thursday, according to the Coroner’s Office. The man, identified as a local resident in...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Jail shrinks population to reduce risk of COVID-19 outbreak

La Plata County Jail is crowded, just the kind of environment public health officials and governments have been warning against for almost a week in an effort to prevent the spread of the...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial for Mark Redwine, accused of killing son, Dylan, postponed as pandemic spreads

The trial of Mark Redwine, a Vallecito man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012, has been reset to begin May 26 as the COVID-19 pandemic surges through Colorado and the rest of...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liquor, cannabis sales rise as COVID-19 spreads

The run on toilet paper was weird enough, but now it’s Everclear? That’s right, the high-potency alcohol has been flying off the shelves of liquor stores in Durango, according to interviews with...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Business sells tons of pinto beans to Durango residents

Basin Towing and Repair didn’t know what to do with tens of thousands of pounds of pinto beans it had from last year. Then a pandemic hit. The local business in the past three days has sold about...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango utility late fees waived through April 30

Durango will waive late fees for all city utility bills and suspend water and sewer disconnection for missed payments through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who died in La Plata County being tested for COVID-19

A man in his mid-40s died last week of pneumonia on his second visit to Mercy Regional Medical Center – and now the La Plata County Coroner’s Office says it is awaiting the results of a COVID-19...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Up to a foot of snow forecast Wednesday night in San Juan Mountains

Self-quarantine may get a bit easier, at least for a couple of days this week, as a spring storm is expected to drop moisture Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Southwest Colorado. The...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy CEO to resign next month

Mercy Regional Medical Center CEO Will McConnell announced Friday through a news release his plans to resign from his position April 10. McConnell has spent the past three years of his decade-long...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sonntag family travels from Germany for memorial

Klaus Sonntag knew something wasn’t right. It was Wednesday, March 4, and Sonntag had phoned his son, Benjamin, in Durango from Germany. The two talked every day on the phone, but Ben was about to...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coronavirus fears heightened for Durango seniors

Most people dying of COVID-19 are older, and local long-term care facilities are taking precautions to keep at-risk residents healthy and safe. More than 17% of people living in La Plata County –...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Information expected next week about Sonntag death

Law enforcement officials may take another week before releasing information about how local professional cyclist Benjamin Sonntag died after colliding with a driver last week near Marvel. Law...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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