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Local coronavirus coverage

Shannon Mullane

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango man’s trip from Ecuador highlights slow COVID-19 response in U.S.

Durango resident Ray Pierotti appreciates much about America: its people, its safety, its freedoms. But a recent trip to Ecuador gave him a different perspective on American society. The Ecuadorian...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lags state, nation in census response

Wednesday was Census Day – a reference date, not a deadline – and La Plata County is slowly making progress on the 2020 census count, despite nationwide coronavirus-related delays. The U.S. Census...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are city slickers escaping to Vallecito? Lake community sets up neighborhood watch

The weekend before the statewide stay-at-home order, the roads around Vallecito Lake were filled with cars, some with out-of-state license plates. “When you have people from Vegas walking into the...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

City of Durango says government employee tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member for the city of Durango has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first known case involving a local government employee. The staff member, whose identity was not released...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Can these homemade masks help Southwest Colorado defeat coronavirus?

During the first and second world wars, citizens grew victory gardens to feed hungry populations. The idea carried forward into the COVID-19 outbreak – but this time, people are making protective...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

La Plata County reaches 18 COVID-19 cases, officials urge residents to stay at home

San Juan Basin Public Health reported 18 positive COVID-19 cases Friday afternoon and one in Archuleta County. La Plata County and Durango officials told residents to act as though they have...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit won’t stop rolling, and sanitizing, during COVID-19 outbreak

The statewide stay-at-home order that took effect Thursday in Colorado says people can use public transit to travel to necessary activities. As of Friday, Durango Transit continued to operate,...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Tribal Council restricts access, issues stay-at-home order

The Southern Ute Tribal Council issued a stay-at-home order and closed to visitors Wednesday, exempting only essential travel and work. As a sovereign nation, the tribe does not fall under...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

The town of Bayfield declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayfield followed emergency declarations from Colorado, La Plata County, Durango and Ignacio, making...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stranded on dream vacation: Bayfield residents face travel restrictions in New Zealand

A Bayfield family scheduled two dream vacations for March, one in California, the other in New Zealand. Then, the nation’s response to the viral illness COVID-19 ramped up. One half of the family,...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Durango issues stay-at-home advisory in response to COVID-19 health crisis

The city of Durango issued a stay-at-home advisory Tuesday in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. La Plata County has reported one case of COVID-19, in part because of limited testing,...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Tribe intensifies its response to COVID-19

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe intensified its response to the spread of COVID-19 this week as new cases were reported in surrounding areas. The Southern Ute Tribal Council, the tribe’s incident...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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