Headlines December 14, 2020

Headlines December 14, 2020

First Vaccinations to Be Given Monday Afternoon

This morning Colorado will receive its initial shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Denver Post reports that Governor Jared Polis and other state officials are scheduled to accept delivery of the first vaccine shipment at a location that has not been publicly identified. According to the governor’s office, the first doses will be administered to frontline health care workers during an event in Fort Collins this afternoon.

Colorado is due to receive almost 47,000 doses of the vaccine in the first shipment following federal regulatory approval of Pfizer’s vaccine Friday night.

Next week, state health officials expect to receive nearly 96,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, provided it, too, receives emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The state plans to spend the winter administering the vaccine to health care workers and first responders during Phase 1 of its distribution. Phase 2, which may begin in the spring, will cover people 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions. Phase 3 is scheduled for the summer and will include Coloradans aged 18 to 64.

Governor Says Health Orders Remain in Place and Urges People Not to Travel for Holidays

On Friday Governor Polis said the state cannot let up on current health orders and social distancing actions because of how widespread the virus is among communities, even though recent data has been promising with cases appearing to reaching a high plateau.

Polis said that the normal way we socialize would lead to additional levels of loss of life with now just over 3,000 having paid the ultimate price.

9News reports that the governor urged people not to travel for upcoming holidays; but, if they do plan to gather he asked people to quarantine for 10 days prior to avoid contracting the virus and potentially spreading it at those gatherings.

Boulder County COVID-19 Update: New Cases, No New Deaths

Boulder County reported 70 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Sunday with the death toll remaining at 143. CU Boulder reported that testing Friday revealed four positive cases.

Lyons Rally Over Restaurant

In Lyons on Sunday, more than 40 people waved signs in front of The Lyons Den Restaurant and Taphouse, chanting “we stand for freedom” and “stop the lockdown.” The Daily Camera reports the restaurant was closed after violating public health orders, and then organized the rally to support small businesses struggling because of coronavirus restrictions.

Owners Randall and Denise Yarbrough had continued serving patrons inside their restaurant, despite public health orders that prohibited indoor dining. They also received warnings for failure to enforce the facial covering order.
The Lyons Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 7 to temporarily suspend The Lyons Den’s local liquor license — two days after the restaurant received a summary suspension of its state license.

Not all business owners in Lyons feel the same way as those supporting the Lyons Den demonstration. Crystal Decoster who owns the gallery and studio next door said that business has been tough, but following the rules imposed by the state they have been able to be successful.

Republicans to Hold Hearing over Elections in Colorado

Republicans in the Colorado legislature will hold an investigative hearing on the integrity of Colorado’s election processes and systems Tuesday despite a lack of evidence of widespread fraud that would have overturned any of the state’s 2020 results.

The Colorado Sun reports that the meeting will occur even though Ken Buck, the Colorado GOP Chairman, has been working with Republican county clerks to dispel any notion of mass election wrongdoing in the state and to reassure conservatives that their votes were not tampered with.

Nevertheless, Representative Lori Saine, a Firestone Republican and chair of the Legislative Audit Committee called for Tuesday’s hearing and said it’s incumbent upon state lawmakers to provide a check on the state’s election processes.
Saine was asked repeatedly for evidence of malfeasance, but she didn’t point to any.

Democrats control the lawmaking process in Colorado, but the bipartisan Legislative Audit Committee is an exception. The committee leadership alternates between the two major parties which Republicans currently have, so they have the power to call a hearing which Saine has done. Democrats will participate in the hearing on Tuesday, even though they say it is unnecessary.

Protesters in Denver Support Indian Farmers

In Denver on Saturday scores of protesters in their cars honked their horns and displayed protest signs in support of farmers halfway across the world in India, joining demonstrators across the U.S. Denverite reports that the demonstrators assembled in the parking lot at South High School and drove to the state Capitol, filling all three lanes of traffic.

India has seen what was perhaps the largest protest ever in human history as 250 million people around the country recently participated in a general strike.

DemocracyNow reports that hundreds of thousands of farmers converged on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers.

In Denver on Saturday scores of protesters in their cars honked their horns and displayed protest signs in support of farmers halfway across the world in India, joining demonstrators across the U.S. Denverite reports that the demonstrators assembled in the parking lot at South High School and drove to the state Capitol, filling all three lanes of traffic.

India has seen what was perhaps the largest protest ever in human history as 250 million people around the country recently participated in a general strike. DemocracyNow reports that hundreds of thousands of farmers converged on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers.