Headlines October 27, 2020
Denver City Council Rejects Multi-Million Dollar Security Contract With Allied Universal
Denver City Council voted Monday night to reject a multi-million dollar contract with Allied Universal, the country’s largest private security company.
The Denver Post reports that the proposed contract would have shifted the bulk of security detail for the city’s properties to the company. 7 council members voted against the contract.
The company was the target of a lawsuit brought by a Denver man who was left with permanent brain damage after one of Allied’s security guards beat him at Union Station in 2018. The Allied guard was under contract with RTD to provide security at Union Station.
Hours before Monday night’s vote, Allied Universal and the Regional Transportation District settled the lawsuit filed in April by Raverro Stinnett.
City Council member Jamie Torres released a statement after the vote saying “We made a commitment as a council to recognize racism as a public health crisis and contracting with a security firm that has not demonstrated a real understanding of community healing and proactive change would be a step backward in our City’s efforts to address historical inequities.”
Boulder County May Face Stricter Coronavirus Orders
Boulder County may be facing stricter measures to curb increasing rates of the coronavirus.
In a press release on Monday, Boulder County Public Health reported that they may need to move the county to Safer at Home Level 3 on the state Dial. That would restrict the number of people who can be at a business, restaurant, or workplace. It would also decrease gathering sizes for events and fitness activities.
As of Monday, new cases of COVID-19 among Boulder County residents in the past two weeks is 174.5 per 100,000, up from 135.7 last Thursday, Oct. 22. Safer at Home Level 3 begins at 175 per 100,000 population. T
Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director, said Monday that “It’s no surprise that more Boulder County residents are testing positive for COVID-19 since we’re seeing statewide and national surges, unfortunately, this is pushing us toward the possibility of needing to restrict how many people can be in shared areas.”
Denver Considers Tighter Coronavirus Restrictions
Denver warned residents on Monday that there could be more stay-at-home orders due to rising coronavirus cases. The Denver Post reports that the warning came as public health officials said the odds any given person somebody encounters in Colorado is contagious with the coronavirus are now nearly as high as they were in April.
The Colorado School of Public Health estimated about one in every 292 people in the state is currently contagious.