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The general public will probably have to wait until summer 2021 to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new distribution plan Gov. Jared Polis and top public health officials unveiled on Wednesday.

The plan includes three phases. Hospital workers who treat COVID-19 patients, nursing home residents and their caretakers are first in line for the vaccine, which could arrive as soon as Monday.

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For more than two years, KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel woke up the Four Corners as the community radio station’s Morning Edition host. But his time of sharing news and information with listeners each weekday is coming to an end.

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Like many medical facilities in the United States, Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez has been stretched to capacity during the ongoing COVID-19 surge. According to Marc Meyer with Southwest Health System, approximately a dozen hospital staff have recently tested positive for the virus. Although their exposures were found to have occurred outside of the hospital, the resulting staff shortages have added to the challenges the hospital is facing.

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In response to an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases, Montezuma County has reopened its emergency operations center. According to its manager, Jim Spratlen, the center coordinates between various county, state, and public health organizations to mitigate the impacts of the virus.

Colorado lawmakers passed a state-funded stimulus package worth more than $200 million during a three-day special session that stayed mostly cordial and bipartisan.

They also gave Gov. Jared Polis an additional $100 million to respond to the pandemic and rejected Republican lawmakers’ attempts to limit Polis’ power to issue more executive orders during the virus outbreak.

Lawmakers stressed the stimulus package is far short of what the federal government could provide.

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