Headlines July 26, 2021

Headlines July 26, 2021

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Fund for Healing Events after Boulder Shooting Established

A pool of funds has been opened to provide support for people looking to host events that promote healing from the harm of the mass shooting on March 22 at the Table Mesa King Soopers.

The Community Foundation of Boulder County will administer the $100,000 pool for community-centric events.

The Daily Camera reports that the announcement of the fund comes about six weeks after calls by a group named StandUpBolder demanded the appointment of a special master to help distribute public donations that were made for victims.  The group had said that the donations are not be handled transparently.

The opening date for proposals for grants from the fund started on July 15, with all types of applications under consideration.

The money will be awarded on a rolling basis until it runs out or through December 30.  Grants are not limited to established organizations or non-profits.

The Community Foundation has said that over $1.5 million has been donated by more than 11,000 people after the shooting that killed 10.

According to the foundation, the remainder of the funds will be distributed with transparency and accountability, and it will work with the appointed advisory committee to provide guidance for using the funds.

The State has Stockpile of 350,000 Vaccine Doses

The state of Colorado has a stockpile of more than 350,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which need to be administered in two months or they will expire.

The Denver Post reports that it will be quite a challenge to get the vaccines into arms as fewer people are getting inoculated each week.

Governor Jared Polis and other officials say they expect the doses will be used before they go to waste, even as other countries where there are surges in infections are still lacking the vaccine.

The governor says that the stockpile here in Colorado contains mostly second doses that are needed for people who received their initial shots developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

The state department of health says it has already donated more than 300,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccines to the federal pool that was allocated but not shipped to the state.

Just under 50,000 doses were given last week in Colorado, and the rate of decrease in the number of administrations of vaccines is going down.

Of nearly 5 million people in the state eligible for the vaccines, more than 1.3 million have not yet been inoculated.

State Adds COVID-19 Requirements for Residential Care Facilities

In related news, the Colorado Department of Public health and Environment released updated guidelines on Friday for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities.

In a release CDPHE, said that in response to the Delta variant of COVID-19, the state has required enhanced infection control measures since June 21.

In an effort toward further that protection the agency says is adding rapid surveillance and outbreak testing in addition to testing for unvaccinated staff, and residents who have left the facility in the past two weeks.

The state is also providing information about monoclonal antibody therapy, including the need for residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to be promptly evaluated by a health care provider to determine treatment eligibility.

A spokesperson for CDPHE said that adding rapid testing of unvaccinated staff at the beginning of each shift will help identify and stop the spread of the disease. He added that residential care and nursing homes have been on the front-line of mitigating COVID-19 and the added prevention measures will help combat variants and rising cases as they occur.

Larimer Commissioners to Consider Oil and Gas Regulations

The Larimer County Board of Commissioners is set to vote this evening on new regulations for future oil and gas facilities.

An advocacy group called The Larimer Alliance for Health Safety & the Environment said in a release that they plan to appear at the public hearing to educate the public and ensure that local and state governments implement policies that prioritize the protection of public health and safety in addition to environmental quality.

The coalition of citizens and groups said they have expressed concerns over problems with the draft regulations including setbacks, operations on public conservation lands, and air quality among others.

The Coloradoan reported that the county has worked for months on new rules for permitting of oil and gas operations since the state legislature gave more control to local governments over future developments.

Tonight’s meeting of the Larimer County Commissioners begins at 6:30 at the county courthouse.

Body of Second Poudre Canyon Flood Victim Found 

The body of a second person was located yesterday by authorities in debris left by a mudslide after flooding last Tuesday in Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said that they could not confirm that the man was one of three people known to be missing. Officials have been searching for two men and a woman who are still listed as missing. The flooding and a mudslide destroyed six houses northwest of Fort Collins.

A woman’s body was found Wednesday, and on Saturday the floodwaters had receded to where crews became able to reach new areas that had been submerged.

In addition to human victims, the flooding has had an impact on fish in the Poudre River. Colorado Parks and Wildlife told CBS 4 reports that fish are suffocating because the water is thick with debris and extra sediment made up of dirt and ash

The department will continue to monitor the situation, especially with the potential for similar mudslides and flash flooding to happen this weekend and throughout the summer.

Boulder Drenched Sunday Evening

Last evening downtown Boulder was drenched with almost 2 and a quarter inches of rain in about 90 minutes according to the National Weather Service. The intersection of Balsam Avenue and Ninth Street was flooded as were some basements in the downtown area.