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Denver kid | Ain't got no time for your anonymous hot takes | Recent Peabody Award recipient | Zero artistic talent | Director of Special Projects @9news
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May 20 7 tweets 2 min read
Journalism literacy 101

Most journalists work in local newsrooms. They are your neighbors. They gripe about some of the same things you do.

They seldom cover national politics. Routinely cover hyper local issues.

They don’t appear on cable news.

And they work very, very hard Many make far less than you might ever imagine.

Most have struggled…particularly over the last 2 years.

They’ve seen wonderful colleagues leave. For more money. Better hours. To do something else.

They’ve been barked at by strangers. Accused of “fake news”.
May 5 10 tweets 5 min read
QUICK THREAD about what one doc told us what a scientific miracle

When you look at the lungs through an XRAY... you want to see more black. Black = air

White (when it's not bone) can equal infection

Left is not great. But it's not anything like what you're seeing on the right. Nate McWIlliams presented to Swedish Medical Center short of breath late last summer

Within days, it was clear... his lungs were so infected that he was in trouble.
May 4 6 tweets 2 min read
Yo... Colorado...

Does it seem like you're starting to know more people getting COVID again?

A quick THREAD (look who's back baby!)

Yes... things have turned. (SEE BELOW)

#covid19Colorado Image CASES

We've DOUBLED cases in arond 3 weeks

Not crazy growth... but definitely growing. Image
Feb 9 12 tweets 3 min read
Mask mandates

Do they work?

I think they do. A little.

But a lot?

Well, let's take a look at 3 Colorado counties.
Douglas, Adams, Arapahoe.

Two adopted mask mandates in late Nov. One didn't.
So.. what's happened since then?

Let's look at hospitalizations. Douglas County (in a much publicized move) elected not to go forward with mask mandates


(like Denver)

elected to move forward with them (only dissolved last week)
Feb 7 6 tweets 2 min read
MONDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Cases continue sharp drop. Positivity in the 12s. ICU bed crunch continues to ease.

Best I've seen in months folks. Nearly 200 (We were close to 60 a little more than a month ago)

#9news Image CASES

Down to 3k

(14K at peak) Image
Feb 3 13 tweets 6 min read
Let's talk about a story you might think you know a lot about...

yet you probably don't know this.


In 2019, a semi going 85 mph and loaded with lumber collided with car after car after car on I-70.

The driver said he lost his brakes. You know all that.


#9news Image You also likely know that four people died that day.

At least ten others were injured.

The crash happened April 25, 2019, on I-70 near Colorado Mills.

2/ Image
Feb 1 5 tweets 2 min read
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Steep downward trend continues. Positivity dropping pretty quickly now.


About 40% of peak Jan 10 peak.


Below 18. IN 20 days its gone from 29 to 18
Feb 1 5 tweets 2 min read
MONDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Cases dropping quickly... almost as quickly as they had jumped. Positivity below 20. Bed space still holding


Look at that downward slope

#9news Image POSITIVITY

Below 20%

Dropping fast now Image
Nov 9, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
TUESDAY @COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Colorado jumps past 1400 patients. Cases still headed up. Worst of the wave remains yet to come.

today: 1426 (up 32)
last week: 1254

(***this is speeding up again)

#9news CASES

Above 2800

Still going in wrong direction
Nov 8, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
MONDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Seeing continued and troubling increase in patient count. Positivity nearing ten.

covid+ ONLY

Today: 1394 (Up 98 from Friday)
Last week: 1236

(this is a net gain of 158 in a week)


Now highest since Dec 13
Nov 5, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Hey all...

So... @CDPHE is going to be updating the news nerds like me about what's going on with COVID in Colorado right now

It's a pretty critical time...

I'll update with some of the more pressing details below

#9news CASES

"continued upward trend"
Nov 3, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
WEDNESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: As state ramps up its hospital transfer protocol, patient load continues to build.

covid+ ONLY:

Today: 1280 (up 26)
Last week: 1191

Not as optimistic as yesterday that this is slowing

#9news Image CASES

Dipped a little... But hard to say with short-term data. Still over 2500 per day in 7-day

Elevated for sure. Not likely to result in hospital dip anytime soon Image
Nov 3, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read

Pay attention to the central/Rocky Mountain region of US

Why? Because this is where growth is happening w/COVID right now.

And, yeah, there's a pattern here.

See if you can see it.

(thanks @nytimes) Image North Dakota... Image
Nov 2, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: More of the same. Which ain't that good. Some (early mind you) suggestion that hospitalization rise is slowing, if just a tad

covid+ ONLY

Today: 1254 (up 18)
Last week: 1187

(slower than last week jumps)

#9news Image POSITIVITY

Still in mid 8s

(One day was close to 10) Image
Nov 2, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read

Wanna walk you through something I feel is critical right now as state deals with yet another COVID wave

If you or someone you know is 70+, pay attention.

(This centers around question I just asked @GovofCO)

First... Clearly Colorado is in a tough spot.

One of the worst waves in the country right now

Look at hospitalizations. Headed in the wrong direction.

Now in our 2nd worst wave

2/ Image
Sep 13, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read

So... @uchealth is doing a good job of reporting day-in-the-life data of what it's seeing in its hospitals

Here is where you can find the data

(this is what I hope @CDPHE will soon start to do as well... easy to read, easy to understand)… These numbers represent UCHealth facilities ONLY

Looks like this latest wave will soon be 2nd biggest.

(these numbers are from late last week)
Sep 13, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Just in -- @GovofCO announces 914 hospitalizations in state right now (up 19 from yesterday)

155 are vaccinated

16 people under age of 18

#COVID19Colorado 72K Coloradans have received booster
Aug 17, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
TUESDAY #covid19Colorado update:

Headline: Still no sign of any substantive growth in cases. Nearing 1100 a day. Patient count up again. Positivity holds steady

covid+ ONLY:

Today: 586 (up 20)
Last week: 494

#9news CASES

7-day holding relatively flat

SLIGHT uptick today, but mostly stagnant
Aug 16, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
MONDAY #covid19Colorado update

Headline: Cases continue to remain relatively stagnant. Pretty big jump in hospitalizations tho

covid+ ONLY

Today: 566 (up 47*)
Last week: 478

(* weekend numbers can get a bit funky)

#9news CASES

Have been somewhat stagnant for around a week

No evidence of exponential growth (good news).

Been hovering around 1K new cases a day for some time now. Still looking for good sign that we've hit peak
Aug 16, 2021 12 tweets 4 min read

So, we all know. This is a HUGE deal that brings out all sorts of emotions from all sorts of people.

But there's some context I feel is critical to understanding the issue.

Allow me to explain.

Let's start with @CDPHE guidance issued earlier this month.

Go to the section about QUARANTINE for routine classroom exposures.

You might remember last school year and all of the quarantines that made keeping schools open CHALLENGING

Aug 10, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Definite slowdown in CASE increase. Peak? Not sure yet. But we aren't rising fast at all anymore. Patient count, OTOH, nears 500.

covid+ ONLY

Today: 494 (+16)
Last week: 383

#9news CASES

Look at this... Case count has totally leveled off in last few days.

(Yes, I know, cases ain't a great metric... but it's still a metric we should watch)