Headlines November 10, 2020

Headlines November 10, 2020

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Polis Extends Mask Rule, Implements Remote Work for State Employees and Discusses Vaccine

Governor Polis is extending the mandatory mask order for another thirty days. In a statement issued Monday, the Governor said again that wearing a mask is a scientifically proven way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The rule requires every person age 11 and up to cover their nose and mouth when entering and moving within a public indoor space. A mask is also required when waiting for and when using public transportation and transportation services like taxis and rideshares.

Many Colorado counties, including most in the metro area have implemented stricter mask requirements, including outdoors when within six feet of another person.

Polis also announced Monday that all state employees will work remotely through the end of November if they are in counties with high levels of the virus.

Polis added Monday that Colorado could receive up to 200,000 doses of a new vaccine by the end of the year. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced Monday that their new vaccine was 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. However, that announcement was based on interim testing results. More testing is required and the vaccine does not have FDA-approval.

Some Local School Switch to Remote Learning While Others Continue Hybrid Model 

The rise in COVID-19 cases in metro Denver has one large school district moving to all remote learning.

Adams 12 will move to all remote learning on Nov. 16th. The district includes Thornton, Northglenn and parts of Broomfield and Westminster. Adams 12 was already using remote learning only for grades six through 12 but they are now eliminating in-person learning for younger grades as well due to the rise in COVID-19.

Boulder Valley and St Vrain School Districts continue to offer a mix of remote and in-person classes but several individual schools have moved to remote-only in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. The latest is Monarch High School in Louisville which will move to all remote learning today. Boulder High and Eisenhower Elementary moved to remote learning in late October and Manhattan Middle School went all-remote last Wednesday.

With Record High Virus Hospitalizations Boulder County Considers New Stay-at-Home Order

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at a record high in Boulder County and overall case levels may put the county under a stay-at-home order.

County health officials said Monday that in the past 14 days, the COVID-19 case rate was 458 cases per 100,000 people. That puts Boulder County in the “red zone” under state guidelines and qualifies for moving to tighter stay-at-home restrictions. But that is only one of the measurements the state uses when determining the level of restriction. Boulder County health officials are expected to meet with state officials to discuss a mitigation plan.

Boulder City Council Evaluates Police Oversight 

Boulder City Council today will decide whether to accept revisions to its police oversight ordinance and move forward with forming a panel assigned to the oversight of the Boulder Police Department.

The Daily Camera reports that the city has been working on an oversight ordinance since a March 2019 altercation between a black Naropa University student was confronted by Boulder Police with one officer pulling a gun on him.

Since then the city council started a task force to look at different models for police oversight boards and later adopted an ordinance that established a hybrid auditor and monitor model with a police oversight panel.

If the council decides to proceed with the ordinance, the Police Oversight Panel will have nine members with three alternates. Applications will then be available with interviews and selection happening in December and begin its work in early 2021.

The proposed ordinance says the selection committee will aim to include people of color, preference to individuals who are multilingual and will strive to include a person with a disability, a person who is now or has experienced homelessness, a person identifying as LGBTQ+ and a person who has experienced incarceration.