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5 Things You Need To Know - February 8, 2021

Jury selection starts in Donthe Lucas trial
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Be prepared for a unique tax season
Updated COVID Dial County Map for Feb. 6
Posted at 6:36 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 08:36:10-05

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Monday morning.

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Vaccinations now open to Coloradans 65 and older, teachers

Starting today, Coloradans age 65 to 69 will be eligible to get vaccinated, along with teachers and educational staff as well as licensed child care workers.

The CDC says those 65 years older, account for 8 in every 10 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Hospital vaccine waiting lists are long, and many seniors just want some sort of normalcy back. Now there are groups outside the health care system that are getting involved to help seniors get vaccinated. AARP, Walmart, and Kroger, have been stepping up efforts to help seniors navigate the vaccination process.
Pueblo murder trial continues today in the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling

The Pueblo murder trial in the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling continues Monday morning following testimonies of more friends and an expert in cell phone analysis. The point one witness made regarding cell towers is Schelling's phone was not at Walmart or Lucas' mother's home when it received two phone calls from Lucas just before 4 a.m. Both phones were also excluded from a typical meetup spot for the couple at the intersection of Manor Ridge and Sienna because of the lack of GPS points.
Patchy fog and a few flurries this morning - windy with Red Flag Warnings this afternoon

It's a crazy weather day with areas of dense fog, arctic cold, flurries and drizzle in the morning followed by windy, dry, and warm conditions in the afternoon! This fog with flurries and drizzle will linger through the mid-morning, but dry downslope winds will then take over through the afternoon and push temperatures along I-25 into the 50s. We'll be dry and cold tonight with light winds.
Be prepared for a unique tax season during the impacts of the pandemic

Helping you to rebound from the impact of the pandemic, News5 is working with tax experts who understand preparing for tax time this year may come with some new questions and challenges you've never faced before.

The pandemic has impacted everyone and some people in more challenging ways than others. With work situations changing in the last year, some people had to change careers or even collect unemployment. Tax time may look a bit different this year for many people here in southern Colorado.
Updated state COVID-19 dial now in effect

The updated state COVID-19 dial went in effect Saturday morning, placing counties in new levels including El Paso, Pueblo, and Teller counties.

Changes in the new dial include going by a 7-day instead of a 14-day metric. There are also some changes to capacity level caps. In level Yellow, businesses can have up to 50% or 150 persons using a space calculator, this is a change from the 100 person cap. The changes come as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in Colorado.
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