Headlines December 7, 2020

Headlines December 7, 2020

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Colorado’s First Gentleman Hospitalized with COVID-19

Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ spouse, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, has been hospitalized because of worsening COVID-19 symptoms.

The governor’s office announced the hospitalization last night and called the move precautionary.

A statement from the governor’s office Sunday said that Reis started experiencing a slightly worsening cough and shortness of breath in the previous 24 hours, and said that Polis drove the first gentleman to the hospital in his personal vehicle.

The Colorado Sun reports that Polis, who is 45, and Reis who is 39, announced on Nov. 28 that they tested positive for COVID-19, but they said in the middle of last week that they were experiencing only mild symptoms.

The governor’s office said Sunday night that Polis is not experiencing any additional symptoms at this time.

 Economic Forecast for Colorado Says It Will Take a Couple of Years to Get Out of Hole

Colorado is on track to lose close to 150,00 jobs this year. Digging out of that hole – brought on by the pandemic- will take a couple of years, even with promising vaccines soon rolling out.

The forecast comes in next year’s Business Economic Outlook done by C.U. Boulder’s Leeds Business Research Division with the help of more than 100 experts.

Brian Lewandowski, the director of the division told The Denver Post that they don’t think the state will get back to par in 2022 but 2023 or later.

The Outlook calls for employers in the state to add about 40,000 nonfarm jobs next year, which won’t be enough to plug the deficit from this year. Every sector lost jobs in 2020, with natural resources, leisure and hospitality, and other services among the hardest-hit areas on a percentage-basis.

The Outlook is calling for the state unemployment rate to average 6.7% next year.

Boulder County Coronavirus Update

Boulder County on Sunday reported 80 new coronavirus cases, but no new deaths. CU Boulder didn’t update its online coronavirus dashboard Sunday but reported six positive cases on Friday.

Restaurant Loses License for COVID-19 Violations

A restaurant in Lyons had its alcohol seized and its liquor license suspended this weekend for continuing to operate indoor dining in defiance of Level Red COVID-19 restrictions.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Revenue told the Daily Camera that officials went to the Lyons Den Restaurant and Taphouse on Saturday afternoon to issue the summary license suspension and seize the alcohol. She added that the Lyons Den had received multiple warnings from local authorities about serving while during Level Red restrictions.

Randall Yarbrough, one of the owners of the restaurant told the Times-Call last week he was continuing to operate because his business couldn’t survive on outdoor dining and curbside pickup orders.

The Lyons Board of Trustees is scheduled to host an online meeting Monday and discuss the status of the business’s liquor and operating license.

9News reports that three other businesses have had their liquor licenses suspended, including two in Greeley and one in Firestone.

Report Describes Why Latinos Suffer More from Pandemic 

Latinos and Latinas in Denver have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic with the highest rates of infections and hospitalizations. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday has identified reasons why.

The report says that Latinx are living in households with larger numbers, working in essential industries and are having to continue to work while sick. The report also said that Latinx were more likely to report exposures to the virus.

Denverite reports that Latinx living in the city disproportionately work in industries more at risk for coronavirus exposure including agriculture, construction, health care, food services and waste management.

Underlying health conditions like diabetes may also play a factor.

The most recent data from Denver Public Health shows Latinos and Latinas make up more than 44 percent of COVID-19 cases in the city, more than any other race or ethnic group.

The report said reducing rates among the group will require creating plans to address “social and environmental factors” contributing to an increased risk of infection and transmission.

Neo-Nazi Group Leaves Fliers in Westminster 

A neo-Nazi group left fliers in the driveways of people in a Westminster neighborhood that residents found Sunday morning.

9News reports that the Westminster Police Department received at least two calls about the materials which were left in sandwich bags containing a flier that said “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” with a swastika. Included was the contact information of a white supremacist organization based in Spokane, Washington – according to the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the police, the incidents will be investigated.

A spokesperson for the ADL said they had received a report of the fliers and of another incident in Colorado Springs in which anti-Jewish, anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ graffiti was left at a park, as well as swastikas and the initials “KKK.”