Headlines January 7, 2021
Schools in Colorado to get Rapid COVID-19 Tests
School districts in Colorado will receive 1 million rapid COVID tests, Governor Polis announced Wednesday. The tests will be distributed to school staff, students, and families. The state says the tests will help with rapid identification of positive cases so that schools can respond quickly to control outbreaks and keep in-person learning going.
Colorado is one of three states participating in a public-private partnership to get rapid tests in schools.
Polis on Wednesday also defended his administration’s push to rollout vaccinations before many county health departments were fully prepared to implement vaccine programs.
“We want to convey that this is a crisis, extreme times call for extreme measures,” he said. “The chaos is not desirable but the fact of going as quickly as possible, the benefits of going as quickly as possible to get it into the arms of folks, far outweighs any benefit of delaying until everything is lined up.”
Boulder County Explains Vaccine Distribution Plan to Educators
Boulder County Public Health reports 100 new coronavirus cases since Tuesday and a letter was sent Wednesday explains the distribution plan to educators who await their inoculation.
Since Tuesday, there have been 100 cases, no new deaths and, as of Wednesday, the county has 51 people hospitalized.
The Daily Camera reports that Jeff Zayach, executive director of Boulder County Public Health, said that 1 in 92 Boulder County residents is contagious. Zayach suggested people can sign up for the state’s exposure app that can alert individuals if they’ve been exposed to a known positive person.
St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts had elementary students back in the classroom this week. Both districts’ second-semester plan will have elementary students attend four days a week. Secondary students will start remotely and phase into a hybrid plan.
The letter to educators released Wednesday said that based on current vaccine supply, anticipation to complete the vaccination for moderate risk health care workers, first responders, and adults 70 and older will be around early March. The state said that the county cannot start to vaccinated educators without the state’s approval.
Colorado Officials React to Wednesday’s Events in DC
Colorado elected officials are reacting to yesterday’s events in Washington DC. Democratic Governor Jared Polis and Republican Congressman Ken Buck issued a joint statement calling for a peaceful transition of power.
“In America, we hold free fair and secure elections and we honor the outcome,” they said.
Democratic Representative Jason Crow from Aurora told the Denver Post that some Congress members were trapped for twenty minutes in the House gallery as rioters stormed the stairwells and doors.
Crow blamed President Trump for inciting the riot and called the event “the inevitable conclusion of Donald Trump.”
Lafayette Democrat Rep. Joe Neguse, responding to a question from the Denver Post, said Trump had committed “an impeachable offense.”
CU Scholar Spreads Election Fraud Lies at Trump Rally
Before forcing their way into the Capitol, many of the rioters attended a rally headlined by President Trump where he again alleged, without evidence, that the presidential election was fraudulent.
Another speaker at that rally was John Eastman, the current Visiting Scholar for Conservative Thought at CU Boulder.
Eastman bolstered Trump’s claims of fraud. He told the crowd that some voting machines have secret folders containing false ballots, but offered no evidence to back the claim.
A number of CU students and staff, as well as some members of the Board of Regents, condemned Eastman’s remarks. In an official statement, CU said Eastman was acting in a personal capacity and his statements did not represent CU Boulder’s position.