With so much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a review and preview of what is going on in Southern Colorado as it pertains to the virus:
The news just keeps improving on the COVID-19 vaccine front on the state and federal level. Gov. Jared Polis announced last Friday that the hope is that by mid-April, every age group in the state should be able to get a vaccine.
The Biden administration believes the entire nation could be vaccinated or have the ability to be by the end of May with the delivery of more than 200 million vaccines. The feds are also ramping up vaccine distribution support, sending more national guard troops to states to assist in running vaccination sites.
The biggest financial news related to COVID that the president signed into law is the latest $1.9 trillion relief package. Stimulus checks are going out already. The legislation also provides child tax credits and extended unemployment benefits among other things.
Our state lawmakers announced the new $700 million "Colorado Recovery Plan" last week that will be introduced as a series of bills to provide money to small business, infrastructure, families, rural communities, and to develop the workforce. Paid for with excess tax revenue from last year that was saved with massive cutbacks due to COVID.
News5's Patrick Nelson is following Colorado State Patrol as they work to increase oversight on truckers. There's concern about the weights of the trucks on our roads, which could be causing damage. He's finding out ways some are not following the rules and what CSP is doing to keep them on track.
Also this week, have you felt yourself start to sneeze a lot more this season? Well it turns out we are in one of the worst months for allergies. News5's Renae skinner is talking with the specialists and finding out what we can do to better cope.
On Thursday, News5's Elizabeth Watts is exploring the world of tech addiction as more kids are forced to go to school online then play with their friends there too. As we work to rebound from the effects of the pandemic, we're hearing from one specialist who says tech is the new gateway drug and we're finding out ways you and your family fight back.
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