Last Updated 12:59pm MDT, 1/20/2021

Overview

Gov. Jared Polis told health care providers to stop holding back second doses of vaccine, meaning more people can get their first dose. And more schools open their doors for in-person learning, even when kids are still on computers.

Social Distancing

Whether or not you’re single, the pandemic has affected just about everyone’s love life. Quarantine has made things better or worse for many of us.

Reopening

Pitkin County is now the only county operating in the Level Red on the state’s COVID-19 dial but it still will be playing host to the X Games. While restaurants have closed indoor dining, the county is finding ways to keep some of its biggest events in place.

Business And Facilities

With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold.

Events

Denver is annually home to one of the largest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the thousands of people who’d normally march through city streets, but organizers were hopeful the community would celebrate his legacy at home.

Healthcare Status

Gov. Jared Polis told COVID-19 vaccine providers to stop holding back dose in reserve for second shots. Instead, the providers are going to give more Coloradans who are 70 years old or older their first shot. The doses currently in reserve will allow about 40,000 more people to be vaccinated this week.

Schools

More students are getting back to their classrooms, as Denver Public Schools opens its middle and high school doors for the first time in months. Students are ready to learn amongst their friends, but the laptops they’ve grown close to will be joining them as well.

How To Help

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Denver increased by 6 percent last year in part due to the pandemic. CBS4 has partnered with the Denver Rescue Mission to spread the warmth this winter.

Vaccine

Some people in Colorado may be hesitant to take the vaccine when it is available to them. That’s why one group is trying to communicate with them, to get them the facts and also to dispel misinformation.