It all happened so fast.
The front page of the Monday, March 9 edition of the Daily Camera carried no mention of a new coronavirus that was causing the illness known globally as COVID-19. Featured stories were about a new science grant, a murder sentencing set for that day and efforts to aid an endangered fish species.
A brief item at the bottom of the front page touted Nederland’s upcoming Frozen Dead Guy Days.
Before the end of the week, the life that page portrayed was, itself, frozen in place or canceled by the pandemic that cast its invisible net over every aspect of the life people hold familiar.
The next day’s page one carried word of government officials taking a range of precautionary steps in the face of the spread of the disease. And by that Wednesday, news coverage was dominated by Gov. Jared Polis’s declaration the previous day of a state of emergency. Before the end of the week, the long list of cancellations of nearly every thread in the fabric of everyday existence was growing rapidly.
Frozen Dead Guys Days was the least of it.
After 56 deaths in Boulder County, over 870 people sickened and and thousands at the local level put out of work at least temporarily by widespread business closures, it is virtually impossible to find someone not directly affected by the greatest health crisis of the modern era.
From health care workers to first responders to educators forced to finish their years teaching over a computer screen to personal services workers required to meet their customers curbside to the many who can do little more than wait for the life they knew to — maybe — come back to them, few stories are the same.
And everybody has one.
Nurse begins career at start of pandemic
Long-term care facilities have represented the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic for Boulder County. And Ashley Stenzel is among those who have been there throughout.
Stenzel, a 25-year-old Broomfield resident, is a registered nurse at Boulder’s Frasier…
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