Headlines January 21, 2021

Headlines January 21, 2021

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BOCO Continues Vaccination Rollout with Limited Supply of COVID-19 Vaccine

Boulder County has reported 67 new coronavirus cases, but no new deaths, and the county, as of Tuesday, has vaccinated nearly 17,000 residents with the first dose. 2500 people are fully vaccinated with two doses.

Chris Campbell, Boulder County Public Health emergency manager and vaccine lead, said that there are 31 vaccine providers in the county who are able to provide 20,000 vaccines weekly but, because of the limited supply, in the last week there were just 3500 vaccines given.

The Daily Camera reports that people can sign up to receive the vaccine on the county’s Covid-19 vaccine website page. Those without internet access can call Boulder County at 720-776-0822 to find vaccine providers.

Clinica Family Health, which has five clinic locations, offers bilingual and Spanish services.

In the state, as of Wednesday, 78 schools serving K-12 students and eight universities have current coronavirus outbreaks. Most of those outbreaks predate the 12 new outbreaks that occurred in the first three weeks of January. The state defines an outbreak as two or more cases linked to a place or event.

Temp Hospital at Colorado Convention Center to Close

The state announced Tuesday that it will close the temporary hospital it set up last year at the Colorado Convention Center. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the state’s hospital capacity is expected to meet the needs of COVID-19.

That’s based on modeling data and information from hospitals. Two other emergency sites in Pueblo and Westminster will remain open. The state converted the convention center to a hospital last April. It had a 2000 bed capacity but never treated a single patient. A spokesperson for the state emergency management department told the Denver Post it was an essential insurance policy for the state.

Much of the State in Severe Drought

Most of Colorado remains under severe drought and that is raising concerns about the water supply in Denver. The state’s largest water utility, Denver Water, says its reservoir supply is at 78% capacity. That’s below normal for January. A spokesperson for the utility told the Denver Post that without adequate spring snow levels, water users may be asked to tighten up on water use this summer. The US Drought Monitor Map of Colorado puts most of Denver Water’s supply area in the “extreme drought” category.

Redevelopment of Macy’s Site in Boulder Approved

The Boulder City Council Tuesday gave final approval to the redevelopment of the former Macy’s department store. It will be remodeled into a three-story office building with a small portion of retail space on the first floor. Council voted to accept a $3 million contribution from Macy’s to Boulder’s affordable housing fund. Developers who do not create affordable housing on-site can instead give the city money to use for housing in other locations.