⚕️ New DougCo health dept. makes masks optional
In one of its first official acts as a standalone health department, the Douglas County Board of Health voted unanimously to allow all adults and children to opt out of local mask mandates. Though the Douglas County School District has a mask mandate of its own, this new ruling supersedes it, requiring schools to allow students and teachers to go maskless. [CO Politics]
🤒 Salmonella outbreak linked to Denver seafood
An outbreak of Salmonella Thompson has been linked back to Denver-based Northeast Seafood Products. As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 102 people were sick, with 19 requiring hospitalization. The seafood company issued a recall of its products and has temporarily shut down production. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Scan the full list of recalled items.
⛪ Major Denver cathedral vandalized
Denver police are investigating vandalism of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, one of Colorado’s most prominent Catholic churches. Messages of hate, homophobia, and anti-semitism were grafittied on the building. Father Samuel Morehead said it is “some of the worst graffiti the staff have seen in decades.” [9News]
👉 What you can do: Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to contact the Denver Police Department.
🚗 Safe Parking Site proposed in Five Points
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Five Points hopes to open the city’s second Safe Parking Site. Plans are still in the works, but if approved, the site could host up to eight cars and 16 individuals. The site would be fenced and would include a portable bathroom and trash bins. Previously, St. Andrews tried to build tiny homes in its parking lot to shelter unhoused residents, but the city rejected the proposal. [BusinessDen]