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Wednesday December 30, 2020

Updated: Dec 31, 2020



LOCAL

Lamar Fire Department Responds

Yesterday evening at 5:20pm Lamar Fire responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of South Main St. All occupants had exited the structure prior to the arrival of first responders. The interior fire suppression crew found an active fire in the kitchen which was later extinguished. Primary and secondary searches were completed. No injuries occurred with civilians or firefighters.


Wiley Board Meeting

Wiley School District announces a Board Meeting set to take place January 4, 2021. The meeting will include discussion related to the community gym project. An executive session will be held from 5-6pm with a community meeting set for 6pm in the Wiley school library.


Prowers County Covid-19 Cases

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Prowers County has accumulated a total of 986 Cases of coronavirus since the first reported case in March of this year. 20 deaths have also been reported in relation to the virus. The most recent numbers account for information through December 29th, 2020 and the number of hospitalizations remains unclear, as some patients have been sent to other Colorado hospitals for treatment. COVID-19 daily cases in the state have seen a slow decline over the past 2 weeks.


STATE

Pueblo Public Health

Pueblo Department of Public Health Director Randy Evetts wants people to still be cautious regarding coronavirus. Evetts says it's great there's a vaccine but it's not a cure-all. He's hoping people will keep wearing masks, practice social distancing, and good hygiene over the New Year's Eve holiday. Coronavirus cases are still higher than they were in early summer, but are starting to decline.


COVID-19 Variant Strain

A case involving a more contagious variant of COVID-19 is being reported in Colorado. State health officials and Governor Polis announced the discovery yesterday. The state lab is the first in the U.S. to identify the variant after it was recently discovered in the United Kingdom. Mark Mayfield reports. The young man is currently in isolation and has no travel history. Governor Polis has a 10 a.m. press event scheduled for today to talk about the developments.


Colorado COVID-19 Advisor Stepping Down

The head of Colorado's COVID-19 testing efforts will be leaving her post. Sarah Tuneberg has announced her intentions to leave her position as a senior adviser with the state health department as of January 21st. She informed the agency of her decision last week via a resignation letter, but reportedly did not say why she was stepping aside. Tuneberg did say she will ensure there is a transition plan in place. She has spearheaded the effort to scale up coronavirus testing in Colorado.


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