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Tuesday in the 303: 11 African lions at Denver Zoo test positive for COVID-19, Nuggets take first loss of season & more

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Good morning, happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Today's skies are scattered with clouds that will increase from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with rain showers expected from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The forecast high is 71°F with a low of 42°F.

Today, a Denver duo is planning to create a first-of-its-kind Stackhouse in West Colfax Avenue, all 11 of the Denver Zoo's African lions have tested positive for COVID-19, the Denver Nuggets lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mayor Michael Hancock is set to speak on the future of the city's Outdoor Dining Program.

Let's take a closer look at some of the top local and important happenings for this Tuesday in and around Denver that you should be aware of:

1. Denver startup plans first-of-its-kind stacked container housing
West Colfax Avenue, Denver.(Luca DelPiccolo/Unsplash)

Denver's constantly changing West Colfax Avenue is set to be home to the first-of-its-kind Stackhouse.

Co-founders Ryan Egan and Dr. Janelle Briggs are organizing to turn a 12,000 square foot rundown car wash into a tower with 62 shipping containers into tiny homes. Their goal is to create housing that could be built quicker and more economically than any other developer.

2. All 11 African lions at Denver Zoo test positive for COVID-19
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The Denver Zoo announced Monday that all of its 11 African lions have tested positive for COVID-19.

The lions started showing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, lethargy and nasal discharge and were tested soon after, according to the zoo. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the test, following two Amur Tigers testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

3. Nuggets fall to Cavaliers behind ugly 22-turnover night
Evan Mobley #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets.(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets took their first loss of the season Monday evening at the Ball Arena in Denver, falling 99-87 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nuggets had a total of 22 turnovers that resulted in 32 Cavaliers points. Nikola Jokic scored 24 points with 19-rebound efforts and six turnovers. Nevertheless, the Nuggets may achieve redemption Tuesday against the Utah Jazz at 8:00 p.m. in their first back-to-back game of the season.

4. Long-term future of Outdoor Dining Program in Denver will be announced
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Mayor Michael Hancock will speak Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on the future of Denver's Outdoor Dining Program.

The program was developed in May of last year to aid restaurants and bars with safely increasing their serving capacity during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from city agencies, the Colorado Restaurant Association and restauranteurs will join Mayor Hancock to give an update on the program's the long-term future.

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