Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Wednesday morning.
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Colorado's COVID-19 positivity rate surpasses 5%, Polis calls trend "very alarming"
Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday said Colorado's three-day positivity rate for COVID-19 testing has exceeded 5%, a key threshold health officials have warned would be too high in the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Polis called the data — more than 1,000 new cases Tuesday, a three-day positivity rate of 5.4%, and a one-day positivity rate on Tuesday of 6.4% — "very worrisome" and "very alarming."
Manitou Springs residents, officials suspect homeless encampment may have played a role in Incline Fire
While officials have not disclosed exactly how the Incline Fire was sparked, several people, including a Manitou Springs City Council member who had an up-close and personal encounter with the fire, say they strongly believe a homeless encampment played a role. And now, they're taking action.
Very high fire danger today - temps in the 30s overnight
The forecast today is calling for strong winds, low humidity, and hot air for this time of year. All these factors together are bringing very high fire danger across the region today, with widespread Red Flag Warnings in effect across the region. The strongest wind gusts will occur along and west of I-25, mainly in and around the big mountain passes.
Overnight temperatures will fall into the 30s, so we recommend clearing out your sprinklers and swamp coolers today as a precaution.
Pueblo under 'perfect conditions' for COVID-19 to spread rapidly, mayor says
Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar said during an update Friday afternoon that the city is seeing an alarming and steady increase in COVID-19 cases. Right now, Pueblo is currently in Level 2 Safer-at-Home on the statewide dial system introduced last month. Gradisar said Puebloans are relaxing on safety measures, creating the "perfect conditions" for the virus to spread rapidly.
Police release affidavit for suspect in deadly Denver shooting outside of rallies
Police released the arrest affidavit Tuesday for the security guard suspected of shooting and killing another man outside of two protests Saturday in Denver. The affidavit for the arrest of Matthew Dolloff, 30, does not contain much information beyond what has so far been reported based on photos, videos and witness interviews from the scene that day.
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