Headlines November 3, 2020
Colorado COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reach First Wave Levels
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at their highest level since late April in Colorado.
A total of 755 people were reported hospitalized for the virus on Monday, according to the state health officials. That’s about a 400% increase since September.
Overall cases of the virus continue to rise throughout the state.
Boulder County recorded 47 new cases Monday and four more deaths, according to the county health department.
Gov. Jared Polis called the trend “alarming” but he has yet to issue any new restrictions in response to the increases. Polis met Monday with White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Brix. The Denver Post reports that she urged residents to avoid socializing with people from other households for at least the next few weeks.
Boulder Issues Citations for Halloween Weekend Parties
The Daily Camera reports that Boulder Police issued at least 22 citations for public health violations and nuisance parties during the Halloween weekend.
The properties cited are located in the University Hill neighborhood close to the CU campus. None of them are part of the stay-at-home order issued by the city to some Hill properties last month.
A CU spokesperson says the university plans to issue several interim suspensions and campus exclusions in response to the weekend parties.
Boulder and Denver DA’s Examining Role of Race in Plea Deals
District attorneys in Boulder and Denver are examining the role race plays in plea deals for criminal offenses.
Area DA’s say that right now they don’t know if race is a factor in the settlements negotiated by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the vast majority of criminal cases.
The Denver Post reports that only about 1% of all criminal cases actually go to trial.
The Boulder County DA’s office working with a national nonprofit called the Vera Institute to research racial disparities in plea deals and other parts of the judicial system. The Denver DA is doing similar research with a CU-Denver professor.
Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fire Updates
Over 300 homes have been destroyed by the East Troublesome fire, according to a statement from the Grand County Sheriff. The fire has burned close to 200,000 acres but has not grown significantly since a winter storm on Oct. 25th.
Meanwhile, all evacuation orders have been lifted for the Cameron Peak fire west of Ft Collins. It is the largest wildfire in state history, a little bigger than the Troublesome fire, with 208,000 acres burned. The Cameron Peak fire is 85% contained.