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Hump day in Denver: Omicron subvariant detected in Denver metro, Children's Museum closes for 10 days over anti-maskers

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good afternoon and happy hump day to you and yours, Denver!

Once again, welcome back to another Wednesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

The workweek is halfway through and a lot has taken place in the Mile High City already. Let's take a closer look at a few important stories you should be aware of this Wednesday:

1. Colorado Department of Public Health says new omicron variant detected in Denver metro area

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said one case of the new omicron subvariant, BA.2, has been detected.

The single case was discovered in the Denver metro in late December through clinical samples submitted to the state lab. CDPHE says it is consistently monitoring clinical and wastewater samples for BA.2, however, it has not detected a group of mutations acting the same way with the existence of BA.2 in wastewater, according to KOAA News 5.

BA.2 is a descendant of omicron, not a new variant. It has been found in Britain, Denmark, India, the United States and other countries.

2. Gov. Polis saw I-70 trucker’s sentence as ‘bizarre,’ used legal authority to fix it

District Attorneys Michael Dougherty and Daniel Rubenstein told Gov. Jared Polis Tuesday in a letter that he made "a troubling precedent" by reducing Rogen Aguilera-Mederos' prison sentence when it was still pending.

Dougherty and Rubenstein agreed in the letter that the 110-year sentence was "too severe" and stressed emphasized that Gov. Polis avoided the system by lowering the sentence to 10 years before a judge weighed in.

FOX31 reports that Gov. Polis' office said Wednesday morning that the Governor utilized his legal authority stepping in and fixing Aguilera-Mederos's sentence.

3. Children’s Museum in Denver to close for 10 days due to angry reactions from visitors over mask policy

The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will close its doors Wednesday through Feb. 4 due to a handful of guests that have opposed the museum's mask policy.

The museum announced that they would close for 10 days Tuesday afternoon in an email to their members, according to CBS Denver.

The email said that reservations for visitors during the closure have been canceled.

4. Douglas County School Board approves resolution recommending changes to educational equity policy

The Douglas County School District Board of Education voted 4-3 Tuesday night to approve a resolution that advocates changing an educational equity policy put in place by the preceding board.

9News reported that the previous board approved an Educational Equity policy last year that would implement diversity and inclusion into syllabi. Additionally, The district would develop and apply a system under that policy that identifies and corrects practices that affect certain groups.

The resolution discussed Tuesday, the Culture of Individual Excellence and Inclusion, says the board "fully supports" the policy's goal, however, they would endorse possible changes due to arising questions.

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