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5 Things You Need To Know - January 1, 2021

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Learning from 2020: Children's Hospital reflects on how COVID-19 changed health care
Posted at 6:36 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 08:36:20-05

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

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Several new laws go into effect in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2021

Today brings a new year and also the onset of several new laws in Colorado. The laws range from equal pay to employee sick pay to tenant rights. Click the link above for a full look at a few of the new laws that kick in on Jan. 1.
El Paso County health officials confirm move to Level Orange on Monday

After Gov. Jared Polis made a request Wednesday of the state health department to move Level Red counties to Level Orange, the El Paso County Health Department has confirmed the county will be moving in to Level Orange on Monday. This move brings back indoor dining and loosens some of the restrictions found in Level Red.
Cold and breezy start to 2021!

The forecast is pretty simple and straightforward today: it'll be cold and breezy. We won't see as much wind in the mountains today, that breeze will be focused more so in the plains where that north wind can travel across flat ground easier. We'll see a chilly day but an even colder night as the clouds clear and the wind dies down.
Learning from 2020: Children's Hospital reflects on how COVID-19 changed health care

Even as 2020 comes to a close, the impact of COVID-19 on the health care world will last long beyond this year. News5 spoke with two health care professionals from Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs, who reflected on the long professional and personal journeys they have taken because of the virus.
Here's a list of open and closed stores on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Many stores will have limited hours today as it is New Year's Day. Click the link above for a full list of stores that have updated hours if you need to do some shopping today.
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