Prowers County First Phizer Shipment
The first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived yesterday at Prowers Medical Center, according to hospital Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bryant. Bryant said the hospital has been preparing for the arrival and its distribution. She said she anticipated receiving word on the arrival of the Moderna vaccine sometime today which will offer 100 doses. Phase one of the distribution program calls for people giving direct care to patients to receive the first doses.
City of Lamar Board Positions Open
Applications are currently being accepted by the City of Lamar for appointments to several city boards. Vacant board positions include the boards for Variance, Parks & Recreation, Library Advisory, Planning & Zoning, the Airport, Tree Board, Water Advisory, Historic Preservation, and Building finance corporation. Forms are available online by visiting www.ci.lamar.co.us. Completed forms must be sent to the City of Lamar Administrators Office at 102 E Parmenter in Lamar. Board application deadlines are set for Wednesday December 23rd at 4pm.
Today marks the final day for the Shop Small Season Promotion throughout the Lamar community. On this final promotional day, shoppers can spend a minimum of $10 at any of the Participating Merchants and receive a Token. Once 3 Tokens are gathered, bring them into the Chamber and redeem them for $20 in Luv Bucks! Luv Bucks can be spent just like cash at local businesses. Shoppers are advised to turn in any luv bucks today that they have accumulated throughout the shopping season.
Colorado Blood Donors Needed
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the blood supply in Colorado and across the nation. Cliff Numark with regional blood service provider Vitalant says donations are way down due to coronavirus. (23 sec) Visit www.vitalant.org to search for a blood drive location near you.
Denver COVID-19 rates Declining
Denver's COVID-19 numbers are on a downward trend heading into Christmas. Bob McDonald with the Denver Department Public Health and Environment says the two-week cumulative case rate is about half of what it was back in late November. (25 sec) McDonald estimates that Denver could move back into the orange-phase of the COVID-19 dial in three-to-four weeks at the current rate. That would allow for indoor dining in the city again. The City of Denver does plan to apply for the state's Five-Star Certification Program that would let businesses open with greater capacity, despite county restrictions.
A collection of more than 60 high school athletes, coaches and their families from across the state gathered Thursday outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to protest its decision to postpone winter and spring prep sports. Two police vehicles blocked traffic to allow for players carrying handwritten signs — with messages like SPORTS = MENTAL HEALTH and No reason for no season! Their collective goal: Increase public pressure on CHSAA, state government and local health authorities to begin sports for Season B — including basketball, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, and girls swimming and diving — as previously scheduled on Jan. 4 instead of in early February.