Headlines November 13, 2020
New COVID-19 Restrictions for Boulder County
Boulder County will be under new COVID-19 restrictions starting tomorrow.
According to state data, new cases of COVID-19 among Boulder County residents in the past two weeks are about 557 per 100,000 residents. The stay-at-home metric begins below that – at 350 cases per 100,000 people, and that means Boulder County is well into the “red zone” in terms of incidence. The Boulder County Public Health Department says cases are over 182 per day locally.
The new public health order will remain in effect until December 14, unless the county opts to extend it.
The order will mean further restrictions on restaurant operations and indoor events. Also, no spectators are allowed at any adult sporting events, high school games, professional league games or University of Colorado Boulder football games. Employers in Boulder County are being encouraged to allow employees to work from home as much as possible.
The order is just short of another stay-at-home order, which the governor has said he’s reluctant to impose.
Masks Not Provided to Jail Inmates in El Paso County
Inmates at the El Paso County Jail – the site of the 2nd largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the state – were not consistently provided masks before they began falling ill.
The Denver Post reports that until last week, inmates generally were not provided masks unless they were walking through the facility or going to court. They were not provided masks to wear in their housing units unless the jail’s medical provider decided an inmate should have one.
The failure to provide masks is in violation of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says states facilities should provide all inmates with masks at no cost and frequently wash them.
LGBTQ Community Pins Hopes on Biden for Continued Support
An independent think tank has released a list of ten actions it says the incoming Biden administration could take to support equal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community.
From the ban on transgender people serving in the military to administration support for religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, many LGBTQ Americans feel they’ve been under attack for the past four years.
Naomi Goldberg, with the Movement Advancement Project or MAP, says President-elect Joe Biden can begin restoring protections immediately after he takes office. She is optimistic about actions at the agency level for housing and health care, and education and the Department of Labor, to make sure that legal protections for LGBTQ people are in place and that the federal government will enforce them.
Two Colorado Forests Reopen After Major Fires
Two of Colorado’s most popular national forests are set to reopen to the public following a 19-day closure resulting from wildfire threats.
According to the Colorado Sun, parts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests shut down last month are scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday of next week.