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Week Of Special Interest 05/20/20
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By La Voz Staff

Pueblo County holds drive-thru COVID-19 testing site until May 30th

Pueblo County opened a drive-thru testing site at the Pueblo Fair Grounds through May 30 for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing and fever over 100.4 degrees, chills, headache, sore throat and muscle pain). Individuals tested must be inside an enclosed vehicle for safety. No walk-ups or motorcycles are allowed through the testing site. The site is open to neighboring counties. Everybody being tested must be able to administer the test to themselves. The first 250 individuals each day will have access to drive up testing. No physician order is required, and all testing is free.

The testing site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue (enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue).

Denver City Council Proclamation recognizes work of Ismael Guerrero

The Denver City Council presented Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA), with a proclamation recognizing his 13 years of service and contributions to the City of Denver.

Mercy Housing, Inc., announced their selection of Guerrero as its new President and CEO in February. Headquartered in Denver, the organization is the nation’s largest affordable housing provider, serving over 150,000 individuals across more than 40 states. Guerrero will formally step down as DHA’s Executive Director on June 11, 2020, and officially assume his new position at Mercy Housing on July 1.

Guided by the agency’s Board of Commissioners and supported by staff, Guerrero has transformed DHA from a traditional public housing agency into a nationally recognized housing authority. By employing cutting edge, innovative financing, the agency has replaced obsolete public housing with transit-oriented, mixed-income, high-density vibrant communities, offering social and economic upward mobility opportunities.

A Legacy of Empowering Residents and Communities

“My years leading DHA have been the most rewarding time of my life. The staff is amazing, the residents are inspiring, and the Denver community is incredibly caring,” states Guerrero. “I am most proud of the transformative work we are doing in neighborhoods like Curtis Park, South Lincoln, Sun Valley, and now West Colfax.”

Guerrero adds, “I have always believed that great cities are built on great neighborhoods. By focusing on the quality of life and health outcomes, DHA is now a leader in creating healthy housing, healthy people, and healthy neighborhoods. I am confident that the success we have realized during my decade at DHA will continue because of the commitment and dedication of the Board and Senior Leadership team. For that, I am truly grateful.”

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Justin E. Herdman, of Ohio, to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Justin E. Herdman currently serves as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, having been nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2017 by voice vote

Colorado Governor

Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the STRIDE Community Health Center in Wheat Ridge and addressed the state’s increased testing capacity. Governor Polis announced that Colorado has reached a critical goal, and now has the supplies and capacity to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. On April 29, Gov. Polis set the goal of testing all symptomatic Coloradans by mid-May.

Denver Mayor

The City and County of Denver is taking action to help bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Denver is creating a temporary program to expand options for restaurants, bars and other similar businesses to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses. The intent of the program is to allow for greater physical distancing and safety for patrons when the state’s public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit-down service. While final rules and regulations are still in development, proposals could include expansion into designated outdoor areas such as adjacent parking lots, streets and sidewalks.





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