Headlines October 9, 2020

Headlines October 9, 2020

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Spike in Coronavirus Cases at ICE Detention Facility in Aurora

Aurora’s Immigration facility is confirming that cases of COVID-19 have about doubled this month among detainees.

The Sentinel reports that as of Tuesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said there were 37 confirmed cases among detained immigrants. That’s up from 21 cases counted in a Sept. 30 report.

The office of Aurora Congressman Jason Crow originally reported GEO Group Inc., which runs the ICE facility, had ruled out the possibility that someone transferred into the facility brought COVID-19.  Congressman Crow said he is left wondering how it get there.

Alethea Smock, a regional spokesperson for ICE, said that the count only pertains to detainees and did not say if the outbreak includes agency or GEO staff.

Colorado People’s Alliance, an immigrant justice group based in Aurora, condemned the outbreak Thursday and are calling for the release of all immigrants detained in the facility.

Cameron Peak Fire Prompts More Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were issued early Friday morning for parts of Larimer County as a result of the Cameron Peak fire.

Residents and businesses in the Pingree Park and Monument Gulch area were ordered to evacuate just before 6am today because immediate and imminent danger. Fire officials say to evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible and to not to take time to gather belongings or protect homes and businesses.

The Cameron Peak fire began in mid-August and is now burning more than 131,000 acres and is 44% contained.

BVSD Changes In-Person Learning Timeline

Students in the Boulder Valley School District will return to in person school sooner than anticipated. The Daily Camera reports that at the school board meeting last night the district superintendent announced the new timeline for students to return to classes in person.

Third through fifth grade, sixth grade and ninth grade students will now be back in person Oct. 20. The rest of the middle and high school students can attend in person starting Oct. 27. Elementary students are in person four days, middle schoolers two days and high schoolers one day.

K-2 students returned four days a week to in-person classes Sept. 29.

Families also will continue to have the option to keep their children remote only.

Public health officials from Boulder County and Broomfield County presented updated data at last night’s meeting showing that new cases of the coronavirus are significantly down at CU Boulder. Both health departments supported the district’s current plan.