Headlines December 10, 2020

Headlines December 10, 2020

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Colorado Revises COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

Colorado released a revised framework Wednesday for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.  Two populations will be first in line:  health care workers at risk of exposure and people with existing risk factors that make them vulnerable

The revised plan further clarifies that incarnated individuals will only be prioritized for the vaccine if they have health conditions that place them at risk.  Correctional facilities and homeless shelters are no longer prioritised in the plan, despite being the site of some COVID outbreaks.  Governor Jared Polis said yesterday that the current plan does prioritize people who work at prisons but not the people incarnated unless they are at-risk:

State health officials say vaccination priority will not be determined by where someone lives– only how susceptible they are to the disease.    Critics say that approach to vaccination may protect the most vulnerable people in congregate care facilities like prisoners and jails but it won’t help control outbreaks in those facilities.

The University of Colorado is Changing the Way It Creates its Budget

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Chancellor Phil DiStefano said that the redesign is not a budget cut and hopes to have the new budget model in place by fiscal year 2023.

Distefano added that the pandemic has reinforced the need for a more flexible budget that will strengthen the university’s reputation as a leading national public research facility. Transparency and creating trust are other goals they hope the budget redesign will achieve.

The Daily Camera reports that CU Boulder currently has a base budget that rolls forward from year to year incrementally.

 A strategic alignment committee and a design committee with an executive sponsorship group and an external advisor will also use input from faculty, staff, and students and how a newly designed budget model supports them.

CU Boulder took a financial hit this year through a combination of reduced state funding and lower enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tattered Cover Bookstore Sold to Investor Group

Colorado’s largest independent bookseller is changing hands.  The Tattered Cover announced Wednesday that the chain was sold to an investor group led by Kwame Spearman.  The previous owners said their decision to sell was driven by declining sales during the pandemic.  Tattered Cover also faced criticism for its response to racial justice protests last summer.  New owner Spearman, who is Black, told the Denver Post he believes in the Black Lives Matter movement and wants the Tattered Cover to be-quote-“on the right side of history”.