Headlines October 13, 2020
Increasing Rates of Coronavirus in Denver
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday that cases of the coronavirus are continuing to rise at a concerning rate in the city.
At a press briefing yesterday Hancock said Denver’s seven-day average of daily case rates are as high now as they were at the height of the pandemic.
“We’re at a crossroads,” said Hancock.
The mayor said a recent spike in cases was connected to returning college students but he thanked local colleges for their swift handling of the situation. He warned that the city could reintroduce more restrictions if cases continue to rise and that could result in reducing capacity in restaurants, stores and event spaces.
Susana Cordova, the superintendent of the Denver Public School District, said at Monday’s briefing that DPS is reconsidering opening middle and high schools for in-person learning in the light of the spike in virus cases.
Superintendent Cordova said families should know more details about any revisions for middle and high schoolers in the next day or two.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 on the Rise in Colorado
Statewide hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are continuing to rise. The Denver Post reports that More Colorado residents are in the hospital for COVID-19 than at any point since late May.
As of Monday, 288 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado.
Boulder County is seeing a downward trend in coronavirus cases after a spike in September. 10 new cases were reported on Monday.
More Uninsured Children in Colorado
A new report shows between 2016 and 2019, the number of Colorado children without health insurance rose by 28%. Because the data was collected prior to the pandemic, children’s advocates worry rates will continue to climb.
The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report shows that In 2019, 73-thousand kids in Colorado were uninsured. Erin Miller with the Colorado Children’s Campaign says between 2018 and 2019 alone, nearly ten-thousand more Colorado kids lost coverage, the largest single-year increase in more than a decade.
“Seventy-three thousand Colorado kids went into the pandemic lacking health insurance coverage, lacking access to health care services, lacking the financial security that health insurance provides,” said Miller.
The report also mentions the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, including eliminating funding for outreach and “navigators” to help people enroll, along with additional red tape that makes it harder for families to access Medicaid or CHIP.
High Fire Danger in the Northern Front Range
A High Wind Watch has been issued for the northern Mountains and northern Foothills for late tonight and Wednesday. Wind gusts up to 80 mph will be possible.
The wind and the high temperatures mean there is high fire danger. The entirety of unincorporated Boulder County is now under level 2 fire restrictions.