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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Vaccination tracker 💉
1,316,814 Coloradans are fully vaccinated as of 11:59 p.m. 4/12/21
That's roughly 22.8% of the state's 5.8 million population

Today in Denver...

Good morning City Cast readers, 

Weather forecast: for the remainder of the week, you can expect it to be gray, wet, and yucky 🌧️👎 

Today, I've got some noteworthy COVID-19 updates to share with you.

Colorado will temporarily halt distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine per federal recommendation. Across the country, six (moderately concerning) blood clot cases related to the vaccine came to light recently. Federal health officials are insisting the blood clots are extremely rare and this pause comes solely from an abundance of caution. 

Also stalling vaccinations, a Colorado Springs clinic that is under investigation for questionable vaccine storage and handling. The clinic, which mostly offers aesthetic services, has already administered 4,000 vaccines. Before Denver opened mass vaccination sites, like the one at Ball Arena, many Denverites were making the long commute to places like the Springs that had extra appointments up for grabs. Now, Denverites who got their injection from this Springs clinic are frustrated that it may not have been worth the drive after all, since improper storage and handling could affect the efficacy of the vaccine. Adverse side effects don’t appear to be an immediate concern for recipients.
👉 What can you do? Familiarize yourself with what receiving your vaccine should look like with tips found at the bottom of this article.

In some good news, Denver Public Schools has partnered with Denver Health to help vaccinate eligible DPS students. Six area high schools will host appointment-only, drive-up vaccination clinics. Find out where, when, and how to make an appointment here

 [Denver Gazette9News]

In Other News...

🤕🏀 In what my Nuggets-superfan-fiancé is calling a devastating turn of events, point guard Jamal Murray is out for the season with a torn ACL. It happened Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. This is a huge blow for what was looking to be a very promising season for the Nuggs. [Denver Stiffs]

👃🤢 Warmer weather is coming and Denver is trying to do something about the gnarly smells that come with it. You know what I'm talking about — *cough* Purina pet food factory *cough*. City officials hope the $50,000 they put toward an "electronic nose" pilot program will help. [Denver Post]

🚓📚 The Denver Police Department was selected as one of 30 law enforcement agencies across the nation to participate in the rollout of a new training program. The Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement Project (ABLE) aims to teach and promote peer intervention among officers to reduce the risk of harmful situations. [CO Politics]

❤️🏡 On Monday, Denver City Council approved two contracts that will offer financial support to Urban Peak, a local agency that offers services to youths experiencing homelessness. The agency's CEO said that they have been at capacity since the pandemic began and there has only been an increase in people who need Urban Peak's services. [Denverite]
👉 What can you do? Learn more about Urban Peak and their programs here.

🎙️ On the Podcast:

With all eyes on the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, lawmakers here in Colorado are pushing forward a new package of measures to strengthen police accountability. State Rep. Leslie Herod is on the City Cast Denver podcast today to talk about the how and the why of police accountability in our state. Listen now  🚔

📅 To Do in Denver:

🎨 Art
Reflecting Voices at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center: This on-site exhibit featuring works from Alanna Airitam, Narkita Gold, and Rashod Taylor is a diverse and emotional statement on Black culture and identity expressed through different styles of photography. The exhibit ends this Saturday, April 17. Learn more here.

☕ Community
EdEquity Corner by Park Hills Neighbors: This free, virtual-only Zoom chat is an opportunity for Denver's Park Hill residents to openly discuss the cross section of education and equity. The event is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn more here

🍜 Food
Dim Sum Sunday at Colorado Sake Co.: Haven't eaten out in a while? Reserve a table at Colorado's Sake Co.'s special tasting service this weekend. There will be indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are $10. Bites are $6-$12. Pencil it in for this Sunday 12-1:30 p.m. Learn more here

✈️ Moment of Joy: Girl Power 💁‍♀️

Last week, an event at DIA honored a United Airlines all-women flight team. And I mean all women — pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, ramp staff, maintenance technicians, and flight dispatchers. The women said they hope to encourage more girls to enter the industry. CBS News reported that only 6% of pilots and flight engineers are female. The event was meant to celebrate the launch of a new United Airlines diversity resource group, uIMPACT, created to improve diversity, inclusion, and gender equality. [CBS4]
Some people say Wednesday is the day you can officially start dreaming of the weekend. (But I usually start on Mondays 🤫) 

— Peyton Garcia (@peytonmgarcia)

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