Headlines April 1, 2021
CO Military Base Could Be Used to House Unaccompanied Migrant Children
A Colorado military base might be used to house unaccompanied migrant children. The Denver Post reports that Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs is being considered to house some of the children who are among thousands of people seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. The Defense Dept has not confirmed the request but officials visited the base last week at the request of Housing and Human Services visited the base. The federal government has used military bases in the past to house immigrants and refugees but never in Colorado. Military facilities in southwestern border states were used for that purpose during the Obama administration. The Biden administration is not sending unaccompanied minors back to their home countries and detention facilities on the border are overcrowded.
Boulder County Reports 100 New Cases of COVID-19
Boulder County reported on Wednesday that the 100 new coronavirus cases were the largest number of daily cases since March 13.
The Daily Camera reports that CU Boulder students can register for fall classes starting Monday. CU Boulder students will be choosing from classes that are around 70% in person, 10% hybrid, with the remainder being remote.
The university has an online vaccine sign-up form available for students, faculty, and staff and they feel that there will be enough vaccine supply available for those wanting one.
They are estimating that at the beginning of the fall semester 75% of the campus population will have immunity to COVID-19, either through vaccination or through prior infection.
Currently, there is no requirement to be vaccinated in order to be on campus. Campus officials are evaluating the legal and ethical implications for such a requirement.
On Friday, the state will open up COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone 16 and older. According to the state’s Wednesday weekly report, the number of active COVID-19 cases decreased again but correctional institutions saw increases.
Four jails in the state reported COVID-19 outbreaks. Clear Creek, Summit counties, the Delta Correctional Center and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility involved outbreaks of fewer than 20 new cases.
Billions in Federal Pandemic Assistance Comes to Colorado
An estimated $37 billion in federal pandemic assistance flowed to Colorado over the past year and more is on the way. Most of that money went to small businesses. They received over $17 billion in loan assistance. Another $6 billion went to unemployment assistance. But Colorado ranks near the bottom in sending any of that relief money to local governments. The Denver Post reports that the state ranks 46th in per capita in funding provided to state and local governments for fighting the pandemic.
$1 Million Raised for Families of King Soopers Shooting Victims
The Boulder County Crisis fund raised over $1 million in one week after the mass shooting at King Soopers. The Boulder Community Foundation reports that 9300 people contributed to the fund after it was established the day after the shooting. An advisory committee has been established to determine how to distribute the funds but a Community Foundation representative quoted in the Daily Camera says the largest share will go to the families of victims.