SOUTHERN COLORADO — Good morning Southern Colorado and here's what you need to know for your Wednesday, Oct. 5
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UC Health Employees Fired for Ignoring Vaccine Mandate
UC Health reports that 119 employees are being terminated throughout their system for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. That's out of more than 26,000 employees statewide.
Those being terminated did not receive any of the three available vaccines or provide a medical or religious exemption. The majority of those fired work in Northern Colorado.
Parkview Hospital Cutting Back on Elective Surgeries
Parkview Hospital in pueblo is slowing down elective procedures that require a hospital bed. A big concern of theirs is a staffing shortage. 20% of their staff still need to get the covid-19 vaccine or they will be let go.
For now, Parkview will continue its outpatient care, emergency services, and women's services as usual.
Local Couple Looking for In-Home care due to Nurse Shortage
Parents with special needs children are struggling to find in-home care.
One Colorado couple turned their dining room into a make-shift NICU, but they still need a full-time nurse to accommodate their daughter's needs. COVID has created a severe shortage of nurses who do in-home care, so the couple turned to social media to see if anyone could help. But, they still haven't found a full-time nurse.
Colorado Springs Budget
Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers, presented a $400.6 million budget for next year. That's $56 million more than this year's budget.
The proposal includes money for new police and fire department positions--allowing the expansion of the city's community response team program. A public hearing on the budget proposal will be held on Oct. 25.
Get Your Latest First Alert 5 Weather Forecast
We'll stay dry today and tonight with only a few clouds moving through the mountains in the afternoon. The winds will be stronger in the plains today, so fire danger will stay elevated in grassy, dry areas.