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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis holds up a face mask featuring the state's new advertising campaign to encourage residents to protect against COVID-19 during a news conference about the steady increase in cases of the new coronavirus in the state in Denver. Colorado Gov. Polis is quarantining himself after learning that Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman tested positive for the coronavirus. Coffman's diagnosis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, came over a week after he and the governor appeared with other officials at a news conference. A Polis spokesperson said the governor would quarantine while waiting to hear from contact tracers. Coffman said he worked from home starting Thursday after not feeling well and his symptoms were gone by Saturday. He says he got a rapid test Sunday in hopes of being cleared to return to his office and schedule but will now quarantine at home. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado governor will not quarantine after OK by agency

Oct. 25, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A health agency told Colorado Gov. Jared Polis that he does not need to quarantine himself after meeting with Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Sunday. The Tri-County Health Department, which oversees Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

Charges after avalanche could lead to slippery slope

Oct. 24, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The two snowboarders talk about snow conditions and route selection as they drop in, one at a time. Gusting wind is blowing snow across the ridge as they wind between reefy rocks. “Avalanche!” yells Tyler DeWitt as he cranks to a stop below his friend Evan Hannibal. The two...

Melanie Luther embraces her two daughters Julie and Alex after reuniting with them and her husband Bryan Luther after all three were stranded in Estes Park when the city was evacuated due to the East Troublesome Fire, now the second largest in Colorado history, at The Dam Store along U.S. Highway 34 near Loveland, Colo., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Bethany Baker/The Coloradoan via AP)

Colorado wildfire becomes second largest in state history

Oct. 23, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's second-largest wildfire in state history was most likely caused by human activity, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday. The East Troublesome fire which forced nearby evacuations and closed Rocky Mountain National Park took over 265 square miles (686 square kilometers) — an area...

Colorado Governor Jared Polis adjusts his face covering bearing the state's new message to encourage residents to protect against COVID-19 during a news conference about the steady increase in cases of the new coronavirus in the state Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado limits more gatherings as COVID cases spike

Oct. 23, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Citing a steady increase in Colorado's coronavirus hospitalization caseload, state health officials announced new limits Friday on personal gatherings of people from different households in more than two dozen counties. An amended state health order affecting 29 of the state's counties limits...

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

2 Colorado churches exempt from some virus safety measures

Oct. 22, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A federal judge has exempted two churches in Colorado from safety guidelines intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 that some see as discrimination and a violation of constitutional rights to religious freedom. Denver Bible Church in Wheat Ridge and Community Baptist...

Aramark to lay off 975 in Colorado, most at Coors Field

Oct. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A large food service contractor has announced plans to lay off 975 workers in Colorado, most of whom work at Coors Field and are responsible for concession stands that were closed during the season. Aramark informed the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Tuesday that the company...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference in Denver. Colorado has released its distribution plan for when an approved coronavirus vaccine becomes publicly available. The state faced a Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, deadline to submit its plans to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Colorado's plan for distribution is broken down into phases that sets vaccine priority for three groups of people. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado announces its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

Oct. 20, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado on Friday released its distribution plan an approved coronavirus vaccine when it becomes publicly available as the state faced a deadline to submit it to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The distribution plan prioritizes three groups of people for the order in...