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► Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Colorado, as Meg Wingerter reports for The Denver Post:
The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases continued trending down Wednesday, while the percentage of tests coming back positive remained high, indicating the state isn’t detecting some infections.
The state health department reported 722 active outbreaks as of Wednesday. An outbreak is at least two coronavirus cases linked to the same location or event, and isn’t considered over until four weeks have passed with no new cases.
The settings with the biggest increases compared to last week were K-12 schools, with 18 more outbreaks; nursing homes, 13; manufacturing facilities and warehouses, seven; offices and restaurants, six each; and assisted living facilities, five.
Meanwhile, as The Washington Post reports, we may be reaching a tipping point in the battle to get more Americans vaccinated:
About 3 million people are getting shots every day, down from a high of about 3.3 million last week. That rate is still sufficient for vaccinating a large portion of the U.S. adult population by the summertime, when many hope life will return to normal.
But there’s been a 9-percent decrease in the average number of daily shots administered over the past week..
…Some health experts are expressing concerns the declines will continue, reflecting the substantial pool of Americans who are skeptical of the vaccine and either don’t want to get it right away or don’t want it at all.
Get those shots, people! Coloradans can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of three locations without a prior appointment:
♦ Ball Arena in Denver, 9am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
♦ The Ranch in Loveland, 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
♦ Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Remember, friends: Employers are REQUIRED to provide paid leave for employees who need time off work to get vaccinated.
► India set a new daily record for COVID-19 infections, reporting nearly 315,000 new cases in a 24-hour period.
► As The Washington Post reports, President Biden is pushing the United States toward a more ambitious goal of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions:
Via The Washington Post (4/22/21)
President Biden on Thursday will commit the United States to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions as much as 52 percent by the end of this decade, a pledge that would require fast and far-reaching changes to American life, from how people power their homes to the cars they drive.
The highly anticipated announcement roughly doubles a target set by President Barack Obama in 2015 as part of the Paris climate accord, by vowing the nation will reduce its emissions between 50 and 52 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. Biden plans to formalize the goal in a submission to the United Nations, the White House said.
The move comes as Biden convenes 40 world leaders for an Earth Day summit aimed at fueling similar ambition around the globe.
Biden is pushing climate change goals that the United States can meet with our without help from Congress.
► Let’s check in on the state legislature:
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would add “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the list of those protected by the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
As Evan Wyloge reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, lawmakers are working on finding solutions to Colorado’s redistricting problems, which stem from the fact that the 2020 U.S. Census won’t be completed on time.
A Senate committee moved along SB-200, this session’s big climate change-related bill.
Lawmakers are advancing updates to police reform legislation passed last Spring.
Former inmates in Colorado correctional facilities will now be issued a State ID upon their release that lawmakers hope will cut down on recidivism cases.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports on an usual move by House Speaker Alec Garnett to add Republican Rep. Marc Catlin as Vice-Chair of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee.
More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…