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Local News for April 29, 2020


- Prowers County Public Health and Environment's Megan Hillman mentioned in an interview that there could be a possible second wave of COVID-19. In the interview, Hillman goes on to state the value of healthcare workers and the counties’ abilities to keep hospital workers employed throughout the pandemic. - Lamar Community college will host its 81st annual commencement virtually on the college website. Students and their families can watch commencement speeches, recognition, and hear from fellow 2020 college graduates. Lamar Community College President Dr. Linda Lujan plans to have special recognition during the May 8th ceremony for 2020 graduates. Students are encouraged to have an updated address on file as Lamar Community College Graduates will receive diplomas, transcripts, and certificates through the mail. - Otero County has added another positive COVID-19 case, which includes the 1st death due to coronavirus in the county. In a state review of death certificates, the individual was pronounced deceased in a facility outside of Otero county but is classified as a resident. The Otero county resident was in their 50s and considered to be at high risk for Coronavirus. As the state of Colorado continues to review death certificates, the number of positive cases is expected to increase. - On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Kiowa County voters will have the opportunity to vote for three board members for the Kiowa County Fire Protection District, a special tax district within Kiowa County. There has been some confusion during this election as ballots have not been mailed out to citizens or absentee landowners, but rather, the voters will have to settle for just two options. STATE:

- Under the new safe-at-home phase, retailers can begin offering curbside service as they prepare to reopen Friday with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are still prohibited from offering dine-in service, but can continue takeout and delivery. Under the order, Coloradans are still encouraged to stay at home as often as possible; and wear face masks when they go out. - Garden City Community College has approved student housing for COVID-19 quarantine patients. The College ​Board of Trustees has approved a contract with the state for the use of its resident life facilities. Through an agreement with the state, the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; the college’s apartment housing will serve as quarantine locations for Finney County residents. - Authorities have arrested a 32-year-old Kansas man for violating a quarantine order due to his exposure to someone who has COVID-19. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said deputies arrested Tyler Witten of Great Bend on Friday, after several attempts to get him to comply with the isolation order. ​The sheriff told the county commission that it was the last thing he wanted to do since Witten's presence in the jail could compromise the health of other inmates. Tyler Witten will later be sent to a quarantine cell within the jail.

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