Northern Colorado News Briefs
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Several Colorado hospitals rank in Watson Health Top 100
IBM Corp. recently released their Watson Health annual list of the top 100 hospitals in the US and several Colorado hospitals made the list: UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Rose Medical Center in Denver, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. 3,134 hospitals in the U.S. were analyzed based on clinical outcomes including numbers of complications, mortality and short-term readmission rates, and operating with financial efficiency. UCHealth and HealthONE in Denver were also named among the Top 15 health systems in the country. Click here for more information.
CU Boulder COVID saliva test
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a portable COVID-19 saliva test that returns results in 45 minutes. The research team has now spun off a company, Darwin Biosciences, to commercialize the test designed for widespread screening to help identify asymptomatic individuals. Click here to learn more.
CSU awarded coronavirus research grant
Infectious disease researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) will receive $699,994 from Biomedical Advanced Research (BARDA) to further develop a virus inactivation process, successfully used for MERS, which has the potential to inactivate the novel coronavirus. The overriding goal of the research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the SolaVAX process to inactivate the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. It could also advance vaccine manufacturing capabilities globally. Click here to learn more.
Loveland launches digital visitors guide
Visit Loveland has launched its first all-digital visitors guide. The interactive publication features Loveland's open spaces and outdoor recreation, local art and culture, Top 10 lists for families, signature events, eat/drink spotlights and more. Click here to take a look!
Longmont's NextLight ranks as fastest Internet in region
PCMag recently released their list of The Fastest ISPs of 2020 and Longmont's municipal-broadband service, NextLight, led its seven-state region in speed performance and ranks among the fastest in the nation. The region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. NextLight ranked as faster than other providers with speeds that were about twice as fast as the nearest competitor, Comcast's Xfinity.
1st Quarter home prices hold steady
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) released their Q1 2020 MarketWatch Report and in Northern Colorado prices held steady. In Larimer County, the average sales price was $471,390 for Q1-2020, an increase of 1.4% year-over-year. The number of closed sales was up by 4.9% reaching 990. In Weld County, the average sales price was $391,083 for Q1-2020, a 5.3% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 1.6%, coming in at 1,143. In Boulder County, the average sales price was $770,231 for Q1-2020, a 0.8% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 13%, coming in at 660.
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Great American Beer Festival goes virtual
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will go virtual this year October 16-17, 2020. Plans for the immersive online experience include conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries. In addition, the renowned professional beer competition will take place with more than 7,000 anticipated entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. Click here for the complete press release: https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/great-american-beer-festival-pivots-for-2020/