Headlines July 20, 2021

Headlines July 20, 2021

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Unvaccinated Patients Make Up 95% of Colorado’s COVID Hospitalizations This Year

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment indicates just over 95% of the nearly 10 thousand people with COVID-19 who have been hospitalized since mid-January were unvaccinated.

According to The Denver Post, the health department’s data also shows just over 78% of those who have died from COVID since April 1st had not received any of the three vaccines.

The state’s hospitalization data that has been released is for the period of January 15 to July 10th.

Neguse Holds Hearing to Discuss 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps Proposal

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse will hold a hearing this afternoon, before the subcommittee he chairs to discuss his proposal for a 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps.

As Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Congressman Neguse is proposing a climate conservation corps following the example of the Civilian Conservation Corps that existed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program.

According to the Congressman’s press release, the proposal will aid in COVID-19 economic recovery by hiring and training new workers who will support forest management, wildland fire suppression and wildfire recovery with major investments in wildfire resiliency, mitigation, and adaptation programs that have previously benefited Colorado’s wildfire suppression efforts, such as the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, and Firewise.

Neguse’s plan will additionally support the state’s outdoor recreation industry and address outdoor access by investing in the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Program and Every Kid Outdoors Program.

Denver City Council Elects Council President and Pro-tem

Yesterday – like on every third Monday in July – Denver’s City Council elected its new leadership. Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore was elected for a second term as city council President by unanimous vote. Councilwoman Jamie Torres was also elected as president pro tem. The council women are serving a second term in their roles. 

Denver Public Library Reopening

The Denver Public Library’s main location, the Central Library, reopened last Sunday on a limited basis for the first time since it closed during the pandemic. During the closure, construction supported by the Elevate Denver bond program started on the first phases of a major renovation of the building. Due to the construction, Central Library will open with limited first floor only access to the public. It will also offer limited access to the Western History and Genealogy resources.

The renovation includes floors one through four along with exterior work surrounding the building. The last major renovation Central library underwent was completed in 1995.

In November 2017, Denver voters approved the Elevate Denver Bond, measure 2E, which provided $70 million to renovate the Central Library and 10 branch libraries. Construction is expected to continue into 2022.

The Louisville and Lafayette public libraries are open with the Longmont Public Library reopening yesterday.

In Boulder, the main library and the Meadows Branch Library are now open. But the NoBo Corner Library, George Reynolds Branch Library and Carnegie Library for Local History remain closed.

9th Anniversary of Aurora Theater Shooting

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.

Last evening, the 7/20 Memorial Foundation hosted a midnight candlelight vigil at the Aurora Water-Wise Garden in remembrance of the 13 victims who died.