Coronavirus news and updates from Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, and elsewhere in Colorado and the U.S.


- The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine, and tens of thousands of people who managed to get appointments for a first dose are seeing them canceled...Read more here. 

- A further 25 tennis players were forced into quarantine in Australia ahead of the season's first tennis major after another positive coronavirus test on a charter flight, taking the total number of competitors isolating in hotel rooms to 72 on Sunday...Read more here. 

- The U.K. government plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by September as the nation’s health care system battles the worst crisis in its 72-year-history...Read more here. 

- In Colorado’s three largest cities, rising number of homicides — while attributed in part to the COVID-19 pandemic — tell a startlingly grim story of domestic violence, experts said.

- At his news conference Friday, Gov. Jared Polis walked through how Coloradans 70 and older can get signed up for a COVID vaccines with some of the state's largest systems.

- El Paso County residents will be able to get tested for COVID-19 seven days a week beginning Monday Jan. 11, according to a news release. Community testing sites will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Citadel Mall parking lot, the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Range Campus, and the former Beckett Event Center at 6436 US Highway 85-87 in Fountain.

- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 1,849 new COVID-19 cases Monday, with a COVID incidence of 485.8 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. The state department of public health also reported on its COVID-19 data website 78 new hospital admissions Monday, 36% of adult critical care ventilators in use, and 11% of available hospital beds were occupied by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients. To date, Colorado has had 3,907 deaths due to COVID-19.

- The El Paso County Department of Public Health reported 113 active COVID-19 cases Monday, and a COVID incidence rate of 484.6 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. There were seven new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county on Sunday, the last day for which this data is available on the county's COVID-19 data dashboard. The county reported 157 total COVID-related patients in regional hospitals Monday, with 150 patients confirmed for the disease and seven cases under investigation.

- The U.S. continued as the global leader in coronavirus cases on Monday, with 20.64 million of 85.2 million worldwide. It also continued as the leader in subsequent deaths, with nearly 351,600 out of nearly 1.85 million worldwide.

- COVID-19 cases in Colorado on Sunday continued a relative plateau, with with seven-day average sitting just under 2,000, and ticking slightly upwards.  

- Former CNN talk show host Larry King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday. Read more here.

- French police detained five people Saturday in an investigation into an underground New Year's Eve rave party that drew at least 2,500 people in western France despite a coronavirus curfew and other restrictions. Read more here.

- A day after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced restrictions for places like restaurants and gyms will be eased in much of the state starting next week, some local public health officials said they were concerned about the move. Read more here.

- Coloradans age 70 and up are now a part of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, joining moderate risk health care workers, first responders and frontline essential workers. Here’s how the vaccination process will work. Read more here.

- Gov. Jared Polis sought to avoid conflicting regulations when he moved to relax COVID-19 restrictions in 33 counties, he told Colorado Politics in an interview. Read more here.

- Sue Ok Dailey isn’t a nurse or a doctor, but every day for the past week, she’s been suiting up in a face mask, face shield, hair net and blue gown before she enters the doors of a Colorado Springs nursing home, where the coronavirus has taken more than 20 lives. Read more here.

- In Colorado Springs and around the world, coronavirus dominated headlines in 2020. Read more here.

- The Colorado Restaurant Association fired off a letter to Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday night after an updated prioritization list for vaccines was released earlier in the day showing that restaurant workers, who make up 10% of the Colorado workforce, appear nowhere on that list. Read more here.

- Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday he is seeking to ease COVID restrictions in all "red" counties, including the Pikes Peak region starting Monday. The change would allow indoor dining at restaurants and increase capacities at gyms. Read more here.   

- The first confirmed case of a new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant was detected in a Colorado National Guard member deployed to a nursing home in Simla, officials announced Wednesday. A second National Guard member is suspected of having the variant as well. Read more here

- More than 120 staff members at Colorado's two In-N-Out Burgers have been sickened with the coronavirus, part of an ongoing outbreak that has hit the Colorado Springs location particularly hard. Read more here.

- El Paso County and a coalition of other agencies announced they would pursue a path to open indoor dining, after first calling state requirements to costly for local governments and businesses. Read more here. 

- Coloradans 70 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday. But it will likely be four or five weeks before everyone in that age category will receive their first dose. Read more here

- The Vail Police Department is looking for a man who is accused of punching another man in the face for refusing to wear a face covering in Vail Village. Read more here.

- Inmate deaths associated with COVID-19 more than doubled in Colorado prisons this month, underscoring continuing scrutiny over whether enough has been done to help slow the virus’s spread behind bars. Read more here.

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