Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post

Meg Wingerter

The Denver Post

Denver, CO, United States

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Recent articles by Meg:

Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations continue to rise, but direction of cases is unclear

On Friday, more people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado than at any point since late December. The number of hospitalizations continued to increase, reaching 1,101 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. → Read More

As boosters outpace 1st and 2nd shots in Colorado, people of color are again underrepresented

More than four out of five people in Colorado who have received COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are white, but it's not clear how much of the gap is new or an echo of the disparities in who was inoculated months ago. → Read More

Kaiser Permanente Colorado nurses union sues for alleged understaffing

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, which represents nurses, pharmacists and other providers who aren't physicians, alleged "chronic staffing shortages" that put patients at risk. → Read More

COVID outbreaks in Colorado schools infect 3,000 kids, more than 400 staff

At a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jared Polis appealed once again for unvaccinated adults and children 12 and older to get the shot, secretly if necessary. → Read More

Colorado first state to require some health insurance plans to cover gender-affirming care

Starting in 2023, health insurance plans covering about one-quarter of the market in Colorado will have to pay for gender-affirming care, some additional mental health services and pain-management alternatives like acupuncture. → Read More

Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations rise as deaths reach late-January levels

Colorado's COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases and deaths all moved in the wrong direction over the last week, making it appear increasingly unlikely that the worst of the state's fifth wave is over. → Read More

UCHealth fires more than 100 employees after vast majority of workforce complies with vaccine mandate

UCHealth fired more than 100 employees — including 54 in metro Denver — who refused to comply with the Colorado health system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, officials said Monday. → Read More

A guide to COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

If you spend much time on social media, you've probably seen some posts with questionable information about the COVID-19 vaccines. → Read More

Colorado reactivates emergency medical staffing center despite signs COVID situation is improving

The state of Colorado reactivated its health care staffing center on Wednesday to supply emergency help to hospitals and other facilities without enough hands to care for their patients, even though the state's COVID-19 situation is showing some signs of improvement. → Read More

Waiting for your free COVID tests from the state? Try a community site, Colorado officials suggest.

Colorado is working through the backlog of people who want to order free at-home tests from the state, and officials urged those waiting for a kit to try other testing routes for the next few weeks. → Read More

Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations stay on high plateau as virus’s trajectory remains uncertain

Colorado's COVID-19 hospitalizations remain stuck at a high level and it's not clear whether they can be expected to fall in the near future as the virus's trajectory in the state continues to be uncertain. → Read More

COVID boosters: Who can get a third shot now in Colorado?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opened the floodgates Friday for potentially millions of Americans to get a third COVID-19 shot based on their age, medical conditions, or risk on the job. → Read More

Odds you’ll run into someone contagious with COVID in Colorado are at their highest point this year

With the state now experiencing its fifth wave of the virus, about one in every 99 people was estimated to be contagious as of last Wednesday, according to a new report from the Colorado School of Public Health's COVID-19 modeling team. → Read More

As ICU beds fill up, Colorado hospitals beg public to get vaccinated against COVID — and the flu

A few hospital beds for the sickest patients opened up last week, but Colorado's hospitals aren't in the clear yet, with COVID-19 continuing to spread and the flu waiting in the wings. → Read More

Colorado’s COVID outbreaks and hospitalizations rise, but cases may be turning around

Colorado's COVID-19 picture is murky as hospitalizations and outbreaks continue to rise, but cases show signs they might be starting to fall. → Read More

Fewer ICU beds available in Colorado now than during deadly winter COVID surge

Fewer than 200 intensive-care beds were available in Colorado as of Friday morning, meaning the state's hospitals have less ability to take new patients than at any point during the pandemic. → Read More

COVID antibody treatments help prevent hospitalization — but they don’t replace vaccines, Colorado doctors say

People who get COVID-19 have a treatment option that can significantly reduce their odds of hospitalization, but it's not a substitute for trying to avoid infection in the first place through vaccination, doctors say. → Read More

Unvaccinated Coloradans almost 4 times as likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19

Coloradans who aren't fully vaccinated were almost four times as likely as those who've been inoculated to be hospitalized for COVID-19 as of mid-August, suggesting that while the shots may have lost some effectiveness in preventing infections, they still greatly reduce the risk of severe illness. → Read More

Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations hit highest level since early January as virus deaths rise

New COVID-19 cases in Colorado are at their highest level since the second week of January, with hospitalizations approaching the spring 2020 peak. → Read More

COVID outbreaks at Colorado schools more than double in a week, updated data shows

COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado schools more than doubled in a week, and new clusters continued to appear in the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities. → Read More