Headlines December 29, 2020

Headlines December 29, 2020

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Hospitalization Rates Due to COVID-19 Leveling Off

Boulder County has 137 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths, and the state reports that while hospitalization rates were heading down since early December, they’ve now leveled off.

The five new coronavirus deaths reported Monday in Boulder County included two residents of long-term care facilities with one being in their 60’s and the other in their 80’s. The other three deaths were from Boulder County residents in their 60s.

The Daily Camera reports that of the 86 new coronavirus cases reported during the past week, 58% were among white people, 33% were among Latinx people and 9% were among people of another race.

In the county, in the past two weeks, cases are down from November’s count, when the state and county tightened restrictions. The county still remains at Level Red.

As of Monday afternoon, the state’s hospitalization rate stopped falling over the weekend. The number had been trending downward since Dec. 2, but leveled off in the days following Christmas. The leveling off may be caused by people who weren’t critically ill not getting health care over Christmas. If that is what happened, hospitalizations should start falling off today or Wednesday.

But if hospitalizations stay level or increase, this would indicate that the virus is once again spreading.

Because of the possibility of people gathering through New Year’s Day, it won’t be clear if Colorado avoided an increase in infections from the holiday until mid-January when test results come in.

Colorado Economy Fared Better Than Other States

Colorado’s economy fared better than most other states during the early months of the pandemic but it is taking longer to rebound. That’s according to federal data released last week that looks at the Gross Domestic Product—or GDP—of each state.

GDP is a measure of total economic output. Colorado’s growth in GDP ranked in the top ten in the second quarter of 2020, but fell into the bottom ten by the third quarter. That slow down in economic recovery is seen across all sectors of the economy, according to the report. The state’s official unemployment rate is 6.4%. That number has not improved over the past three months, even though the national unemployment rate is dropping.

Longmont Restricts On Street RV Parking

Longmont will restrict recreational vehicle parking starting this Friday. An ordinance approved by city council in November takes effect on January 1st. With a few exceptions, it prohibits RV’s from parking on city streets. According to the Times-Call, the previous ordinance allowed RV parking on streets as long as they were moved every two days.

However complaints about people living in vehicles and leaving trash nearby prompted the tougher new rule. It’s not clear where the city expects those living in their RV’s to go but city staff say they try to direct people to services for people experiencing homelessness.

New Housing Development in Superior

New single-family homes are coming to the center of Superior. The Daily Camera reports that the town approved a new residential development for the Superior Town Center near US 36 and McCaslin Boulevard. The 4-acre project will include 24 houses.

Thousands Fly Through DIA Over Christmas

Holiday air travel was down compared to last year…but over 300,000 people still traveled through Denver International, Airport during Christmas week. DIA says passenger numbers were down 40% compared to last Christmas.