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New complications for unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 19:46

DENVER (KDVR) -- A high-risk obstetrics doctor at Rose Medical Center is hoping more pregnant women will get vaccinated against COVID.

Dr. Bronwen Kahn says in the last two months she has seen a number of alarming COVID cases that impacted unvaccinated pregnant women and their unborn babies.

In five cases, the unborn babies were very sick.

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"They are not getting enough oxygen from the placenta," Kahn said.

The expectant mothers noticed their babies were moving less or not at all.

"Most women with COVID don't have this severe manifestation, but those babies that we have seen have been quite ill, and have had to be delivered prematurely because they look so sick," Kahn said.

She emphasizes this is rare, but it is new, and it is alarming to her. She hopes more pregnant women get vaccinated.

​"My message is that we are not seeing this kind of complication in women who have had the vaccination during pregnancy," Kahn said.

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Plus, according to data, pregnant women have a higher risk of getting the severe illness. 

That's one reason why Melissa Shields decided to get vaccinated when she was trying to get pregnant.

Shields is relieved she was able to deliver a healthy baby boy in the middle of the pandemic. 

 "It was just so, so relieving to hear him cry, knowing that he had healthy lungs and he was perfect from head to toe," the new mom said.

Video: Small dog has stare down with mountain lion at Colorado home

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:59

GRAND LAKE, Colo. (KDVR) -- A 13-year-old Shih-Poo wasn't about to be taunted by a mountain lion on its own porch.

The dog's owner, Sarah Bole shot a video on Dec. 2 of a mountain lion approaching her glass door, pawing at it and her dog's reaction to it.

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“At no time was the lion aggressive, but rather it was just as curious as my dog to figure out what was on the other side of the glass,” Bole told Storyful. “Although I was a bit shaken, I don’t feel I was in any danger and the lion was curious about its own reflection and the dog.”

Watch the dog's fearlessness and the cat's curiosity in the video above.

$73 million paid out to unemployment fraudsters: audit

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:56

DENVER (KDVR) — A state audit shared with Colorado lawmakers on Monday found $73 million in unemployment benefits may have been improperly sent to people who didn't deserve it.

The $73 million figure, if confirmed, would be more than double the $30 million the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has previously acknowledged in fraudulent payments.

The Office of the State Auditor report found:

  • $3.9 million was paid on behalf of dead people;
  • $5 million was paid to prison inmates;
  • $18.5 million was paid to people with suspicious bank accounts;
  • and $102,000 was paid to people who were not of working age.
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The director for the state's unemployment division, Phil Spesshardt, told FOX31 the state received 1.4 million unemployment claims flagged as likely fraud, making it difficult to weed out every bad actor.

"Do we believe that there is some in there that we will have missed on fraud? Sure, none of the tools that we have utilized have been perfect," Spesshardt said.

But Spesshardt said Colorado has fared better than many states. California, with more than 7 times the population of Colorado, previously reported at least $20 billion in unemployment fraud. And even a much smaller state like Kansas reported $380 million in unemployment fraud, according to the auditors' report.

Thousands of claims unresolved after months

The audit also found most customer complaints were never resolved, although the state employment department said they probably were resolved but weren't documented properly in order to prove it.

The audit found 196,000 unresolved customer complaints from people whose claim was placed on hold because of suspected fraudulent activity. That's 73% of the 266,000 total customer complaints, and even the 70,000 claims that were resolved took 7 weeks on average to reach a resolution.

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But Spesshardt told the Problem Solvers he believes 192,000 of the 196,000 claims were probably resolved but lacked documentation, like a resolution date, to satisfy state auditors.

Still, he acknowledged many of the 4,000 unresolved customer complaints have gone months without a resolution, let alone a payment to someone who may be desperate for their unemployment payments.

"I wouldn’t want to wait a year, I wouldn’t want to wait 6 months, I wouldn’t want to wait 30 days," said Spesshardt, who advised anyone waiting more than three months to again contact the CDLE.

Unemployment fraud figures released to lawmakers in an audit on Dec. 6, 2021 (KDVR)

Spesshardt said one of the biggest issues tends to be hijacked claims, where an individual with a legitimate claim may have been tricked into clicking a link from a scammer pretending to be a customer service agent from the CDLE. Once an innocent person clicks on a link, the scammer has the person's personal information and takes over the account.

"Those require much more in-depth analysis, and this requires having human intervention to review and investigate those claims. Unfortunately, the number of staff available to do that continues to be a struggle," Spesshardt said.

He estimates the state has about 50 staffers dedicated to investigating unemployment fraud but said it's not nearly enough, given the volume of fraudulent claims.

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FOX31 continues to receive emails from viewers whose claims have gone unresolved, including one sent to the Problem Solvers during Monday's audit hearing.

The viewer wrote:

I have been trying to get my unemployment since 3/19/21, I have done everything they have asked of me and still I get the run around. One even told me that it usually takes 3 months and here mine is going on a year. Can you help me get answers? PLEASE...I am at my wits end.

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"We are pushing hard on the unemployment department to be able to resolve these issues and help people get back their lives," said State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, who is chairwoman of the state legislative audit committee.

Colorado ran out of unemployment funds months ago and has had to borrow about $1 billion from the federal government to keep paying unemployment insurance to those who qualify.

Mountain snow continues Monday night, mild temperatures return to Denver

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:52

DENVER (KDVR) -- A cold front swept through Colorado Sunday bringing cold temperatures for Monday and mountain snowfall.

Mountain snow will continue overnight Monday and into the first half of Tuesday before clearing out. Totals are expected to range from 1-7 inches with the highest totals in the San Juan area.

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Denver will heat up to the 50s on Tuesday with sunshine and dry conditions.

Wednesday and Thursday will stay mild for Denver and the Front Range before the next storm system moves in Thursday night.

This storm system will bring another round of mountain snow and will also bring the Front Range and lower elevations a snow chance.

It is possible that some showers start on the Front Range Thursday evening and continue into Friday. Temperatures will cool to the 30s on Friday as the storm moves through.

This system is still too far away to know exact totals but any accumulation on the Front Range is expected to be small at this time. It could finally bring the first measurable snow of the season to Denver.

Dry and cool weather will return for the weekend.

Post-Thanksgiving uptick in Colorado cases mild in most recent figures

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:49

DENVER (KDVR) -- Colorado is in the first days of a post-Thanksgiving uptick in COVID cases, though the increase is less the than U.S. as a whole or Colorado's previous Thanksgiving bump.

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The United States' daily cases have been rising since Nov. 29, passing 100,000 new daily cases for the first time since early October.

In Colorado, cases are also rising.

Both Colorado and the United States saw a short-term low point in cases on Nov. 29, the Monday after Thanksgiving. By Dec. 2, the national new case rate had risen by 20%. In the same time, Colorado's rate rose by 8%.

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This does echo last year's growth in cases following the holiday, but not to the same degree.

Last year's cases went up after Thanksgiving from a higher point. At the Dec. 3 peak, cases were nearly 89 per day - more than twice the 39 per day this year.

So far the uptick has not interrupted the recent downward trend in hospitalizations, although these serious cases tend to happen about two weeks after diagnosis.

The daily number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen by 13 percent since Nov. 22, the Monday before Thanksgiving.

Over the same time, the daily number of patients admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped by 29%.

Colorado Air Force major chosen for NASA 2021 astronaut class

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:41

HOUSTON (KDVR) -- A native Coloradan was named to NASA's 2021 astronaut class, which includes 10 men and women out of 12,000 applicants.

U.S. Air Force Major Nichole Ayers, 32, graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in Russian. She also has a master’s degree in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University.

Ayers' knowledge of Russian meets one of the several requirements in the candidate training: operating and maintaining the International Space Station's complex systems, training for spacewalks, developing complex robotics skills, safely operating a T-38 training jet, and Russian language skills.

Ayers is an experienced combat aviator with more than 200 combat hours and more than 1,150 hours of total flight time in the T-38 and the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, according to NASA's website.

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NASA's post says she is one of the few women currently flying the F-22, in 2019 Ayers led the first-ever all-woman formation of the aircraft in combat.

The pool of applicants ranged from all 50 states to U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. 

“Today we welcome 10 new explorers, 10 members of the Artemis generation, NASA’s 2021 astronaut candidate class,” Nelson said. “Alone, each candidate has ‘the right stuff,’ but together they represent the creed of our country: E pluribus unum – out of many, one.”

Greeley Panther Bowling team strikes gold in the Special Olympics State Fall Classic

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:26

GREELEY, Colo. (KDVR) - The Greeley Panther Bowling Team won big in the Special Olympics Colorado State Bowling Competition, taking home two first-place gold medals, six second-place medals and two third-place medals.

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The competition was held in Englewood on Nov. 20. The Greeley Panther Bowling Team sent 10 athletes who competed in singles and assisted ramp bowling.

Special Olympics bowling competition (Credit: City of Greeley)

The team meets at the Highland Park Lanes on Thursdays to bowl, develop skills and have some fun.

Greeley Panther Bowling Team results:

1st place
  • Shannon Cameron  231
  • Dillon Hergenreder  180        
2nd place
  • John Neal                           227
  • Donna Bruckner             217
  • AJ Schmidt                         211
  • John Locke                         185
  • Jeff Davis                            149
  • Jacob Horner                     133
3rd place 
  • Megan McDonald            129
  • Lincoln King                     112 

'Give Where You Live' on Colorado Gives Day

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 16:42

DENVER (KDVR) -- Colorado Gives Day encourages people to support local nonprofits they care about by making online donations in one spot.

Donations may be set up ahead of time. Tuesday, the donations will be made to over 3,000 nonprofits available on the ColoradoGives website.

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Over $50 million was raised for local nonprofits in 2020 and organizers are hoping to top that amount for 2021.

Nonprofits like the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley get much needing funding, this year a generous donor offered to match $40,000 of funds raised during Colorado Gives Day.

Benefits of donating during Colorado gives day:

  • Each nonprofit is vetted
  • Over 3,000 nonprofits to choose from
  • Ability to donate to multiple nonprofits in one transaction
  • Your giving history and tax receipts available in one place.

Find nonprofits by name or keyword, location and/or cause on a dropdown menu on the ColoradoGives site.

The Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, Adaptive Sports Association, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. are a few of the diverse nonprofits benefitting from the day of giving.

Kids are invited to take part in the giving with a family-friendly KidsforColoradoGives version of the event.

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Cause categories include:

  • Arts, Culture and Humanities
  • Education, Environment
  • Animal-Related
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
  • Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines
  • Medical Research
  • Crime & Legal-Related, Employment
  • Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Housing & Shelter
  • Public Safety
  • Disaster Preparedness & Relief
  • Recreation & Sports
  • Youth Development
  • Human Services
  • International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
  • Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
  • Community Improvement & Capacity Building
  • Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Science Public & Societal Benefit
  • Religion-Related
  • Mutual & Membership Benefit
  • Military & Veterans Organizations
  • Youth Development

Colorado Gives Day began in 2007 as a way to simplify fundraising for non-profits through online donations.

Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partners of Colorado Gives Day.

Aurora police officer arrested for alleged domestic violence

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 15:51

DENVER (KDVR) -- An Aurora Police officer was arrested for alleged domestic violence by the Denver Police Department on Nov. 22, according to a probable cause statement obtained by FOX31/Channel 2.

Julie Stahnke, 45, is accused of pushing, grabbing and spitting on another woman at a residence in Denver. The victim told police that the two got into an argument in the living room which led to Stahnke grabbing and bruising her arm.

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Shortly after, another argument ensued in the laundry room between the two where Stahnke is accused of spitting in the woman's face.

The victim called the police and Stahnke was taken into custody without incident.

Stahnke has been put on paid administrative leave following the alleged altercation. APD said an internal investigation will be conducted once the case goes through court.

CSU names Jay Norvell as new football coach

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 14:47

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) -- Colorado State University has named Jay Norvell as the university's 24th head football coach.

Norvell, who led the Nevada Wolf Pack to four bowl games in five seasons (2017-21) will be introduced Tuesday afternoon.

"I am humbled, thankful, but most importantly excited to begin this process of building Colorado State into the championship contender we all know it can be," Norvell said in a statement. "My family and I are ecstatic and cannot wait to get to Fort Collins to get started."

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Norvell, 58, went 8-4 this past season at Nevada. The Wolf Pack are scheduled to play in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 27 against Western Michigan.

Norvell lead Nevada to a 52-10 victory in Fort Collins on Nov. 27. This was the final game for former Colorado State coach Steve Addazio, as he went 4-12 in two seasons for the Rams.

Nevada finished first in the Mountain West in scoring offense with 36.7 points per game.

2 men arrested for luring child online, sexually assaulting her at Colorado Springs park

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 14:04

COLORADO SPRINGS (KDVR) -- The Colorado Springs Police Department says two men were arrested for sexually assaulting a child and internet luring of a child.

CSPD received a report of a sexual assault on a child on Sept. 10. According to the report, two adult men sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions after meeting online.

Police said the victim met the suspects online and arranged to meet at a park in Colorado Springs, where the assaults allegedly occurred. During the investigation, detectives with CSPD's Crimes Against Children Unit learned the incidents happened between Aug. 2020 and Jan. 2021.

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After several search warrants were executed, the suspects were identified as Michael Garcia, 26, of Westminster, and David Reid, 36, of Framingham, Massachusetts, according to CSPD.

Police said Garcia voluntarily agreed to meet with detectives and was then taken into custody on the charge of sexual assault on a child and internet luring of a child on Oct. 15.

Reid was taken into custody on Oct. 16 in Massachusetts in coordination with the Framingham Police Department for the warrant out of Colorado on charges of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern and internet luring of a child, CSPD said.

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Police said that at the time of Reid's arrest, he was a teacher at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts.

If you have any information on this investigation or were a witness to this investigation, please call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-634-7867.

Denver hosts vaccination clinics in Hispanic and Vietnamese communities

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:54

DENVER (KDVR) — The City of Denver is hosting three separate vaccine clinics for Hispanic and Vietnamese communities in Denver.

Denver's vaccination rates while fairly high, are lacking in representation in the city's Vietnamese and Hispanic communities. Less than 50% of Hispanic communities eligible for the vaccine have received their first dose. This is compared to the 84.7% of white residents in Denver, who have received at least one dose.

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Eligible residents interested in the vaccine clinics can receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot at these city-hosted events. Those interested can click here to book an appointment.

Denver-hosted vaccine clinics:

 Dec. 8- Castro Elementary School at 845 S. Lowell Blvd., Denver, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 14- Vietnamese Community Center at 1822 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 19- Grace & Life Church at 4201 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Those attending must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card if they have had at least one dose. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to children five-years-old and up, while flu shots will be available to all ages.

Vaccines are free, with no citizenship documentation required. Spanish translators will be available at the sites.

Why are flags at half-staff in Colorado? Dec. 6-9

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:49

DENVER (KDVR) -- Governor Jared Polis ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff starting Monday on all public buildings to honor the life and legacy of Senator Bob Dole.

Flags will remain at half-staff from sunrise until sunset until Dec. 9.

Senator Dole died on Dec. 5 after battling Stage 4 lung cancer since Feb. 2021.

Gov. Polis shared a statement following reports of Senator Dole’s passing: 

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“Thank you Bob Dole for your public service and inspiring personal experience recovering from almost fatal wounds in WWII and never letting disability hold you back,” said Governor Polis. “My condolences to Elizabeth Dole and the friends and family of Senator Dole. May his legacy live on and continue to inspire the next generation of public servants."

Gov. Polis' proclamation followed President Joe Biden's, which was announced Sunday.

The full text of the President’s proclamation reads: 

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As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest Generation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on December 9, 2021.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

 JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

Snow falls on West Ranch Fire, halts growth at 12 acres

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:35

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) -- The Inter Canyon Fire Protection District says light snow fell on the West Ranch Fire Sunday night, halting growth at 12 acres.

ICFPD said the fire is expected to be fully contained Monday. The fire started Sunday in the foothills west of the Ken Caryl Valley.

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There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in place for the fire.

ICFPD will continue to monitor the fire over the next several days.

Evacuations lifted for Miner’s Candle Fire near Idaho Springs

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:15

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office said all evacuations for the Miner's Candle Wildfire are being lifted Monday. The fire prompted evacuations on Sunday.

The fire originated at a home outside of Idaho Springs, according to first responders. So far, two buildings and four out buildings have burned. No reported injuries have come in as of Monday morning.

You can watch a news conference with Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers on FOX31 NOW in the player above. 

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Albers said the fire burned around 15 acres and was 50% contained. They hope to have 100% containment later on Tuesday.

Stolen vehicle pursuit leads to delays on I-25 near Monument; shots fired, woman taken into custody

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:12

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) -- The Colorado State Patrol was alerted of a stolen 2013 Hyundai Sedan at a gas station near Castle Rock Parkway and Promenade Parkway causing delays on southbound Interstate 25 near County Line Road.

The Castle Rock Police Department said the incident began in Castle Rock Monday morning when CRPD identified and located a stolen vehicle.

CRPD said the suspect eluded their agency, and Colorado State Patrol attempted to make contact with the vehicle. The female driver hit a guardrail and a CSP trooper was able to pin the vehicle. The officer who was driving the patrol car was not injured, and the patrol vehicle sustained minor damage.

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According to CSP, the driver exited the car with a firearm and crossed to the northbound lanes in an attempt to carjack another vehicle. Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported.

The female driver was taken into custody.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the right lane of southbound I-25 was closed but has since been re-opened.

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According to a statement from CSP, the trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave per Colorado State Patrol policy.

Here's where every state stands with COVID-19 rates, deaths

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 11:11

DENVER (KDVR) -- With the arrival of the holiday season and the announcement of the new COVID-19 omicron variant, where does every state in the United States stand with the coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases and deaths are up for the U.S. over the last 30 days.

The blue bar shows daily cases. The red line is the 7-day moving average of cases, per CDC. Positivity rate and total cases Staying safe as omicron variant threatens holiday season

Here's where the positivity rate and case totals are for every state in the U.S. for the last 7-days as of Monday, Dec. 6, according to the CDC:

  • Alabama: Cases: 3,489 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Alaska: Cases: 1,866 Positivity: 3-4.9%
  • Arizona: Cases: 23,272 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Arkansas: Cases: 5,462 Positivity: 8-9.9%
  • California: Cases: 39,539 Positivity: Not available
  • Colorado: Cases: 16,728 Positivity: 8-9.9%
  • Connecticut: Cases: 6,802 Positivity: Not available
  • Delaware: Cases: 2,984 Positivity: 8-9.9%
  • Florida: Cases: 12,195 Positivity: 3-4.9%
  • Georgia: Cases: 7,984 Positivity: 3-4.9%
  • Hawaii: Cases: 752 Positivity: less than 3%
  • Idaho: Cases: 3,145 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Illinois: Cases: 42,472 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Indiana: Cases: 28,791 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Iowa: Cases: 11,765 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Kansas: Cases: 11,666 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Kentucky: Cases: 14,135 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Louisiana: Cases: 3,238 Positivity: less than 3%
  • Maine: Cases: 4,624 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Maryland: Cases: 9,380 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Massachusetts: Cases: 26,139 Positivity: 3-4.9%
  • Michigan: Cases: 58,969 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Minnesota: Cases: 31,702 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Mississippi: Cases: 2,478 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Missouri: Cases: 16,997 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Montana: Cases: 2,165 Positivity: 8-9.9%
  • Nebraska: Cases: 6,039 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Nevada: Cases: 4,590 Positivity: 8-9.9%
  • New Hampshire: Cases: 8,033 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • New Jersey: Cases: 21,464 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • New Mexico: Cases: 10,411 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • New York: Cases: 42,343 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • North Carolina: Cases: 15,139 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • North Dakota: Cases: 3,446 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Ohio: Cases: 48,602 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Oklahoma: Cases: 7,560 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Oregon: Cases: 6,052 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Pennsylvania: Cases: 47,196 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Rhode Island: Cases: 5,272 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • South Carolina: Cases: 5,056 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • South Dakota: Cases: 3,979 Positivity: 15-19.9%
  • Tennessee: Cases: 10,997 Positivity: not available
  • Texas: Cases: 17,659 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Utah: Cases: 9,822 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Vermont: Cases: 3,477 Positivity: 3-4.9%
  • Virginia: Cases: 14,332 Positivity: 5-7.9%
  • Washington: 10,718 Positivity: not available
  • West Virginia: Cases: 6,510 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Wisconsin: Cases: 29,397 Positivity: 10-14.9%
  • Wyoming: Cases: 1,548 Positivity: 5-7.9%
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What is the positivity percent?

According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the percent positive is exactly what it sounds like: the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that are actually positive, or: (positive tests)/(total tests) x 100%. The percent positive (sometimes called the “percent positive rate” or “positivity rate”) helps public health officials answer questions such as:

  • What is the current level of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) transmission in the community?
  • Are we doing enough testing for the amount of people who are getting infected?

The percent positive will be high if the number of positive tests is too high, or if the number of total tests is too low. A higher percent positive suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet, Johns Hopkins shared.

Total deaths

Here are the total number of deaths reported over the last 7 days for each state:

  • Alabama: 19
  • Alaska: 6
  • Arizona: 220
  • Arkansas: 47
  • California: 681
  • Colorado: 244
  • Connecticut: 61
  • Delaware: 21
  • Florida: 14
  • Georgia: 297
  • Hawaii: 13
  • Idaho: 78
  • Illinois: 263
  • Indiana: 326
  • Iowa: 91
  • Kansas: 57
  • Kentucky: 239
  • Louisiana: 49
  • Maine: 32
  • Maryland: 88
  • Massachusetts: 138
  • Michigan: 478
  • Minnesota: 278
  • Mississippi: 15
  • Missouri: 125
  • Montana: 108
  • Nebraska: 34
  • Nevada: 98
  • New Hampshire: 56
  • New Jersey: 108
  • New Mexico: 97
  • New York: 277
  • North Carolina: 80
  • North Dakota: 38
  • Ohio: 368
  • Oklahoma: 49
  • Oregon: 127
  • Pennsylvania: 499
  • Rhode Island: 19
  • South Carolina: 79
  • South Dakota: 37
  • Tennessee: 417
  • Texas: 501
  • Utah: 77
  • Vermont: 9
  • Virginia: 108
  • Washington: 205
  • West Virginia: 145
  • Wisconsin: 190
  • Wyoming: 81

According to the CDC, 4 people died from Influenza in the U.S. during week 47 of 2021.

2,272 days since Broncos last beat Chiefs: Here's a look back at all 12 losses

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 08:36

DENVER (KDVR) -- The last time the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs was on September 17, 2015, which was 2,272 days ago and counting. That season, the Broncos went on to win Super Bowl 50, beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

On Sunday night, the Broncos lost the 12th straight game to the Chiefs with a final score of 22-9.

Here's a look back at the last 12 matchups with the Chiefs:

  • November 15, 2015: Chiefs 29, Broncos 13
  • November 27, 2016: Chiefs 30, Broncos 27
  • December 25, 2016: Chiefs 33, Broncos 10
  • October 30, 2017: Chiefs 29, Broncos 19
  • December 31, 2017: Chiefs 27, Broncos 24
  • October 1, 2018: Chiefs 27, Broncos 23
  • October 28, 2018: Chiefs 30, Broncos 23
  • October 17, 2019: Chiefs 30, Broncos 6
  • December 15, 2019: Chiefs 23, Broncos 3
  • October 25, 2020: Chiefs 43, Broncos 16
  • December 6, 2020: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16
  • December 5, 2021: Chiefs 22, Broncos 9

The Broncos will play the Chiefs in Denver on Jan 9, 2022 to try and end the streak.

During the Broncos losing streak, the team has also had its share of quarterbacks. From 2016 to 2021, 11 different quarterbacks have played for the Broncos.

Broncos Quarterback Carousel: 11 QBs in 5 years

Full list of Broncos quarterbacks since 2016:

  • Trevor Siemian
  • Paxton Lynch
  • Brock Osweiler
  • Case Keenum
  • Joe Flacco
  • Brandon Allen
  • Jeff Driskel
  • Brett Rypien
  • Kendall Hinton
  • Drew Lock
  • Teddy Bridgewater

Since 2016, the Broncos have only had a winning record once, which was in 2016.

  • 2016: 9-7
  • 2017: 5-11
  • 2018: 6-10
  • 2019: 7-9
  • 2020: 5-11

Suspect who deployed bear spray during shoplifting incident at Greeley Walmart arrested

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 08:08

GREELEY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Greeley Police Department released new details early Monday after a man attacked multiple Walmart employees with bear spray when they confronted him about allegedly stealing something.

This all happened at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday at the Walmart on 47th Avenue. 

The investigation showed that store associates attempted to detain Vince Joe Pacheco, 29, for shoplifting. At that point a struggle happened, and Pacheco deployed the bear spray at three employees. 

A fourth employee, a 70-year-old man, tried to help subdue Pacheco, but the suspect hit him in the head with the bear spray, causing the can to rupture and contaminate the store, police said.

Shoplifter deploys bear spray, Greeley Walmart evacuated

Police said the Weld County Regional Dispatch Center began receiving multiple calls that there was both bear spray deployed and also a man with a gun in the store or possibly an active shooter situation.

Greeley police officers quickly arrived on scene and determined there was no active shooter or guns involved in the incident. 

Greeley Fire and EMS treated the employees, as well as multiple customers who inhaled some of the spray, before releasing them. Police said first responders also remained on scene to help clear out and decontaminate the store.

Walmart was closed to the public for a few hours while the store was decontaminated.

Police said they found Pacheco's car in the 100 block of E. 20th Street around 9:20 p.m. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Pacheco was transported to a local hospital to be medically evaluated before being transported to the Weld County Jail. 

Residents evacuated quickly due to Miner’s Candle Fire

Pacheco will be charged with one count of third-degree assault on an at-risk elder, three counts of third-degree assault, as well as aggravated robbery, and theft. 

If you have any information on this case or witnessed it, and have not been interviewed by officers, please contact the Greeley Police Department front desk at 970-350-9605.

Colder Monday with low 40s, mountain snow by afternoon; Chance for snow in Denver Friday morning

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 07:30

DENVER (KDVR) -- We are forecasting two to three different storm systems this week impacting Colorado. With the storm systems, 99% of the snow will fall in the mountains. Denver and the Front Range have a 40% chance of snow on Friday morning.

The first storm system is minor with 2-6 inches of mountain snow between Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The second storm system is minor with 1-3 inches of mountain snow Wednesday-Thursday. The third storm systems is the main event with 6-12 inches of mountain snow.

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The Foothills could see 2-6 inches of accumulation between Thursday night and Friday.

Future radar 5am Friday. Snow possible in Denver.

The third storm is the coldest one with 30s in Denver and teens at night.

Right now, next weekend looks dry across all of Colorado. Front Range highs on Saturday will be in the 30s, with highs in the 50s expected on Sunday.