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Colorado seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations
Colorado is seeing an increase in the number of hospital admissions due to coronavirus despite a plateau in the number of new cases, Gov. Jared Polis and State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said Tuesday.
If the upward trend in admissions continues, Dr. Herlihy predicts continued growth in cases and increased demand on hospitals ahead of a predicted spike during the winter holidays. That winter projection could put the state at risk for exceeding its ICU capacity. But Dr. Herlihy said state health officials are working closely with hospitals to mitigate any such scenario.
Pueblo lists restaurants going above and beyond to stay COVID safe
The City of Pueblo is giving recognition to restaurants it says are going above and beyond to stay clean, and help keep everyone safe right now. The city named 61 restaurants to its 'Business Safety All Stars List,' which highlights restaurants that have faced zero COVID-19 violations.
Smoke to become thicker later today and tonight across southern Colorado
Smoke is likely going to become thicker this afternoon and evening as fires continue to burn in northern Colorado. The four main fires producing smoke are the Mullen, Cameron Peak, Williams Fork, and Middle Fork fires. The Mullen fire has grown the quickest this week and is going to keep throwing the majority of our smoke into southern Colorado.
Cause of death of elderly hikers determined to be murder-suicide
The El Paso County Coroner's Office completed the autopsies of an elderly couple whose bodies were found near the Edmundson trailhead in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The couple has been identified as 72-year-old Stella Vigil and 73-year-old Leroy Vigil of New Mexico. Police said that through the course of their investigation, detectives obtained evidence that supported an agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Vigil to end their lives together.
Pence-Harris debate to unfold as Trump recovers from virus
Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, are poised to meet Wednesday for a debate that will offer starkly different visions for a country confronting escalating crises.
The faceoff in Salt Lake City is the most highly anticipated vice presidential debate in recent memory. It will unfold while President Donald Trump recovers at the White House after testing positive last week for the coronavirus and spending several days in the hospital, a serious setback for his campaign that adds pressure on Pence to defend the administration’s handling of the pandemic.
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