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Coronavirus in Colorado, April 16: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

Coloradans will have to get used to a new normal for many months to come, with the reopening of businesses and resumption of normal daily activities coming gradually, and some social distancing remaining in place until there is a cure or a vaccine, Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday.
Colorado health officials on Tuesday said there have been at least 357 deaths from complications of the novel coronavirus. There have been 8,280 who have tested positive, 1,636 who have been hospitalized and 40,533 have been tested. More than 370 recovered patients have been released from UCHealth Colorado hospitals.
Remember, all Coloradans have been asked to wear non-medical masks when outside their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Want to know how to make one? There’s plenty of ideas floating around in our coronavirus-focused Facebook group.

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What’s new today

  • Cargill meatpacking plant in Fort Morgan scales back operations after 1 coronavirus death, as many as 18 cases
  • How to make special occasions still special during lockdown
  • 105,000 Coloradans filed for unemployment last week — that’s more than the state recorded in all of 2019
  • Colorado vacation rentals offered as coronavirus relief lodging
  • Denver’s commercial real estate market was cruising before coronavirus
  • Colorado small businesses terminated 4.4% of employees in March, analysis shows

Nation and world

  • Women’s sports likely to bear brunt of coronavirus fallout
  • Leading in coronavirus pandemic becomes part of audition for Joe Biden’s VP
  • Trump says new guidelines aim to lift some restrictions amid coronavirus pandemic
  • Medical intelligence sleuths tracked, warned of new coronavirus
  • 5.2 million more seek unemployment as number of laid-off people since coronavirus struck keeps mounting.
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