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Monday February 1, 2021



LOCAL

Prowers County Offices

Beginning today, all Prowers County offices will resume regular hours and now allow all business to be conducted in person. Patrons may still choose to schedule an appointment or utilize curbside pickup for County business. The change comes as Prowers county commissioners have noted the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the county since December 2020. Commissioners still encourage frequent handwashing, surface cleaning, facemasks, and more related to slowing the spread of the virus.


Kiowa County Level Yellow

Over The weekend, Kiowa county was approved to move from level Orange up to Level Yellow on the COVID-19 dial. This move increases restaurant, gym, indoor, and outdoor capacities to 50%. School sport spectators can also increase to 100 people per event. Fewer coronavirus cases and decreased positivity rates has played a major factor in the level change for Kiowa County as Colorado Counties strive toward the Protect our Neighbors phase. Hinsdale County in Southwestern Colorado remains highest in the state on the dial at level blue, just 1 phase shy of the Protect Our Neighbor.


STATE

Colorado Crime Stoppers

Colorado Crime Stoppers CEO Don Addy is hoping people will remember the importance of the group in solving crimes. Colorado crime Stoppers is starting a new fund-raising campaign involving restaurants. Their Support Program is 50 dollars a year and features a sticker showing the business supports Crime Stoppers.


Seniors over 65 Soon To Be Vaccinated

The state of Colorado will soon be allowing teachers and seniors over the age of 65 to begin getting COVID-19 vaccinations. Governor Polis announced Friday that those groups can begin getting their vaccine shots on February 8th. He hopes that the second stage of Phase 1-B vaccinations will be done by March 5th. That will trigger a third stage of 1-B vaccinations targeting more essential frontline workers and those between 16 and 64-years old with two or more high-risk medical conditions.


Colorado Looking For COVID Dial Feedback

There's a deadline of 5 p.m. today for feedback on changes to the state's COVID-19 dial system. The new framework on coronavirus restrictions was released over the weekend. Officials say they want to make things more responsive to local conditions. Changes include increased metrics to better balance the suppression of sickness and economic hardships. The final dial adjustments will be made available once state experts have had a chance to go over the public comments.


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