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Runner-up St. Louis Elementary 50-yard dash in '87 | Medical billing/journalism/anonymous-account critic | Dir of Reporting @9news | showusyourbills@9news.com
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29 Mar
We found more than 100 people who died, facedown and handcuffed, as we looked into the prone restraint death of #GeorgeFloyd.

As the #DerekChauvinTrial begins... it's important to know the dangers of the position are well known.

#ProneRestraint #Prone

9news.com/article/news/i…
As the video plays of George Floyd's death right now... I can't help but think of people like Anton Black...

19...

died while held prone in Maryland in 2018.

baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-…
Muhammad Muhaymin, 43,

died while held prone in Phoenix, AZ, in 2017

12news.com/article/news/l…
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26 Mar
FRIDAY #COVID19Colorado update

headline: "Hospitalizations continue to confound me. Went up -- by just a bit -- again. Everything else lookin pretty good tho"

HOSPITALIZATIONS
covid+ ONLY

Today: 319 (up 8)
Last week: 331

#9news Image
POSITIVITY

(Once again below 4%!)

3.88%

Good testing numbers too Image
CASES

Dipped below 1k again Image
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26 Mar
I often wonder, in the immediate aftermath of yet another mass shooting, if we in "the media" place too much emphasis on the types of weapons that are used in less than 5% of all gun homicides in this country...

this is NOT to diminish the loss of life in these events.
...but the ensuing coverage, with its emphasis on "assault weapons" pushes out critical coverage of the actual toll of overall gun violence in this country...

...which, as of late, has gotten worse.

time.com/5922082/2020-g…
Take 2020, for example.

Last year, according to gunviolencearchive.org, around 53 people died EVERY DAY in the US due to gun violence.

Think of it this way, if ten people died at 2:30pm in Boulder, it might haven taken another 4-5 hours for another TEN to die in the US.
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19 Feb
FRIDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Welp, we didn't get below 400 patients, but we got close. All metrics down. Good sign.

HOSPITALIZATIONS
covid+ ONLY

today: 404 (down 21)
last week: 430

(rate of decline has stalled. blip we saw midweek responsible)

#9news
POSITIVITY

down... by almost nothing... but still down... so that's good... and not bad... and yeah... I'm rambling
CASES

Still headed down
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18 Feb
THURSDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Blips be darned! Headed down again. Across the board. And check out positivity.

HOSPITALIZATIONS
covid+ ONLY

Today: 425 (down 15)
last week: 456

(*this jumped yesterday... good to see it headed back down)

#9news Image
POSITIVITY

Basically in the mid 3s!

Still headed down

(and testing numbers are better... so that's good too) Image
CASES

Below 900!

(897 in 7 day) Image
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18 Feb
THREAD

@CDPHE updating COVID-19 in Colorado

Will follow with pressing deets below

yes... I said... deets...

(MORE)
I added the smile Image
Colorado mirroring US trend Image
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5 Feb
JUST IN

@GovofCO announces BIG changes to metrics for Colorado's #COVID19 dial frame.

Changes go into effect tomorrow at 9am

#9news
Here's where states are now
This is where states can go under new metrics

(BIG)
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5 Feb
Hey yall

it's a Friday cornucopia of news today...

right now... @GovofCO giving us an update on the dial system...

this will be important for businesses around the state..

details below

#COVID19colorado
Governor Polis notes a pretty sizeable uptick in daily case counts...

around 1800 today...

that's significant... but also could be result of increased testing.

also have now given more than a half million Coloradans at least one dose of COVID vaccine

(that's good news)
Governor starts off dial talk by noting "breaching hospital capacity" is critical...

(Why I always say HOSPITALIZATIONS are among the most critical metrics)

We have not breached it. So today we get Dial 2.0

"it's a more responsive dial"
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5 Feb
THREAD

Wanna walk you through this story @jennifermeckles and I worked on yesterday.

It involves a really nice guy by the name of Michael.

He's in his 70s. Eligible for the vaccine in Colorado. He actually got an appointment for a shot...

There was just one problem...
That appointment was abruptly canceled when a billing person with the medical provider learned he owed $243.85 for a previous and unrelated appointment.

He is a cancer patient. He needs this shot.

Instead, he got this email from a Boulder Medical Center patient account rep
Michael was miffed. So was his partner. She contacted us to see if this was right.

In essence, she thought, a medical provider was holding a vaccine in the middle of a pandemic as ransom...

Sure did seem that way. So we headed up to Longmont for an interview.
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4 Feb
THURSDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Welp. Small blip in hospitalizations. Prob just a one-day thing. Everything else lookin' good

HOSPITALIZATIONS
covid+ ONLY

Today: 538 (up 17)
Last week: 644

(*Let's see what happens tomorrow)

#9news
POSITIVITY

holding in mid 4s... down a smidge today
CASES

Still headed down
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3 Feb
WEDNESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Numbers are settling into a sustained decline again.

HOSPITALIZATIONS
covid+ ONLY:

Today: 521 (down 8)
Last week: 662

#9news
POSITIVITY (red line)

Now in mid 4s! (7 day)

(the daily number was 3.61%... that's CRAZY low)

(sorry for the indulgent and potentially improper use of the word CRAZY)
CASES

You can see the rate of decline has slowed -- just a bit -- in last 2 weeks... but still goin down
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2 Feb
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Let's be brief. All metrics down. Again.

Hospitalizations
COVID+ ONLY

Today: 529 (down 27)
Last week: 674

(rate of decrease is increasing again... if that makes sense)

#9news Image
POSITIVITY

Still below 5%. Dropped again Image
CASES

Seeing less than a fourth of the case counts we saw in Nov. Image
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11 Nov 20
THREAD

I'd like to walk you through the process we've gone through for our investigation #PRONE

To review, we have found at least 107 deaths of people who died shortly after being held facedown and handcuffed.

Here are 100 of their faces.

#9news
1/ Image
Like many investigations, this one started with another.

Last year, I started looking into the 2018 death of David Baker.

Baker, a Navy veteran, died shortly after several Aurora police officers pinned him to the ground after a violent confrontation.

2/ Image
According to the coroner's report, Baker died of "restraint asphyxia"

He died, in essence, because he couldn't breathe enough air in and out of his body.

3/ Image
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10 Nov 20
TUESDAY #Covid19Colorado update

Headline: Rate of increase of hospitalizations continuing to worry hospitals and health officials.

HOSPITALIZATIONS:
(covid+ ONLY)

Today: 1116 (up 56 from yesterday)
Last week: 814

(We've now jumped 300+ patients in a week)

#9news
POSITIVITY

Today (7 day): 11.66%
CASES

Nearing 3500 a day average
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10 Nov 20
THREAD

I'm at a loss... and I need someone smarter than me to help me figure this out...

Want to walk you through the @CDPHE dial dashboard for a moment.

This is what it looks like now

Green = good
Blue = ok
yellow = uh oh
orange = you got probs
red = eeks

1/
Here's a link if you want to play along...

covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-…
Anyhoo.... so in order to come along with me on this journey... click this button
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9 Nov 20
MONDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Nothin new. Still headed up. Which ain't great.

HOSPITALIZATIONS:
(covid+ ONLY)

Today: 1060 (up 37)
Last week: 686

(***We've doubled our patients in less than 2 weeks)

#9news Image
POSITIVITY

Today (7 day): 11.47%

(one day average is knocking on the door of 13%) Image
CASES

Welp. 7 day average tops 3k Image
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28 Oct 20
WEDNESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: "State hits 7% positivity as hospitalizations make largest one-day jump since first week of April"

HOSPITALIZATIONS
(covid+ ONLY)

Today: 596 (up 58 from yesterday)
Last week: 435

We haven't seen a jump like this in months

#9news Image
POSITIVITY

Welp. Just hit 7% today in the 7-day average

(note testing numbers down for second day in a row -- green and yellow bars) Image
CASES

When will we see a crest?

Not today. That's for sure. Image
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28 Oct 20
THREAD on mask use

Yes... I know...

But...

Let's take a look at Adams County. Remember Adams. It's moving to Safer Level 3 today because of, in part, high incidence rates.
Adams is clearly having a problem with cases. More so than Arapahoe (red) and Douglas (blue)

This comes from TriCounty Health
I think the simplistic thought might be...

well... maybe they're not wearing masks enough...

BUT... fortunately for the purposes of this thread, TriCounty has spent weeks analyzing mask use by trying to count, observationally, mask use.

This is going to get a bit messy.
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27 Oct 20
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado Update

Headline: "Ok. Let's all take a breath now. Been a big day."

HOSPITALIZATIONS
(covid+ ONLY)

Today: 538 (up 25 from yesterday)
Last week: 417

#9news
POSITIVITY

Nearing that 7%... At this rate, we'll top it on 7-day average by end of week

Today: 6.77%

(at start of October we were still in the 3.4% range)
CASES

Now averaging (on 7 day) more than 1400 a day

(before this most latest wave, we hadn't seen more than half of that)
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27 Oct 20
JUST IN -- @MayorHancock announces Denver will fall back to Safer at Home "Level 3" as Denver experiences sustained rise in cases, positivity and hospitalizations.

Blames those who refuse to believe in science for this.

#9news
To get back to Level 2... Denver must hold lower numbers for two weeks.

This could last "a little while"

Vote centers NOT impacted by this.
"this isn't fear mongering" says Hancock

"A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work," he says. "Businesses have faced a lot of hardships... people's livelihoods are at risk... because some people didn't take this seriously"
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27 Oct 20
Ok... let's do this.

Mitch here just said something I hear a lot from people

"If you are under 34, you have relatively the same chance of dying from lightning"

So let's look at the data
Last year, the National Weather Service reported 20 people died in the US from lightning

Of those 20...

11 were 34 or younger.

Eleven

Remember that number.

Eleven.

weather.gov/safety/lightni…
Now let's look at COVID deaths of people 34 and under.

Fortunately for us, CDC breaks that down here

Since March, CDC reports 2060 people 34 and under have died from COVID

Remember that number.

Two thousand and sixty.

data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provision…
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