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Mile High Monday: Update on Denver's response to COVID-19, RTD still grappling with staffing shortages and more

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and a happy Monday to you and yours, Denver.

Welcome back to another Monday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Another weekend has gone by and the workweek is just getting started. It's been a busy weekend in Denver, so before starting the first day of this work week, take a closer look at a few of the Mile High City's most newsworthy events this Monday:

1. Denver health officials to provide Monday update on COVID-19
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will be joined by Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Bob McDonald Monday at 2 p.m. to give an update regarding Denver's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, the City of Denver said it is "likely" to let its public health order requiring masks in public indoor spaces expire Thursday, according to the 9News reportsTri-County Health Department (TCHD) will additionally talk Monday at 5 p.m. about ending masking public health orders.

2. After years of trying, RTD still struggles to overcome operator and staffing shortages

The Regional Transportation District's operator shortage is persisting as the agency attempts to recover ridership.

In the fall, the number of riders increased. However, RTD officials could not operate busses more frequently, extend service hours or restore routes that were suspended throughout the pandemic due to a shortage in drivers, according to The Denver Post.

Metro Denver's transit agency is facing insistence to bring back more services as ridership slowly bounces back, however, as the staffing shortages worsen, RTD is faced with a bigger issue than money.

3. Operation Hotel Sanity helping displaced families a month after the Marshall Fire
People walk through a neighborhood decimated by the Marshall Fire on January 2, 2022 in Louisville, Colorado.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

A month after the Marshall Fire burned over 6,000 acres in Boulder County, a local organization is working to provide comfort to displaced families.

Started by Kate Coslett, Operation Hotel Sanity works to deliver food and supplies to families currently living in hotels after losing their homes in the fire. Denver7 reported that Coslett has already organized over 90 volunteers to help deliver to families in need, with many of them residing in neighborhoods where homes were burned.

On Sunday, four of the 90 volunteers brought meals to Homewood Suites across from Superior where the fire ripped through.

4. Watch where you park: parking fines increasing in Denver

The City of Denver will have new parking fees and enforcement starting Tuesday, with the majority of fees rising by $10.

The city said that the new fees and enforcement will help to make the Mile High City a more secure and accessible area to get around, according to FOX31.

Parking fees increasing around Denver are as follows:

  • Blocking a bike lane, sidewalk or crosswalk is increasing from $25 to $65.
  • Illegally parking in an accessible parking space is increasing from 150$ to $350.
  • Large trucks and semis parking on residential streets are increasing from $25 to $250.

Local Housing Listings

  • 1230 Uinta St., Denver, 80220: $405,000, $1,679 estimated monthly. Single-family. 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,543 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 21308 E 55th Pl., Denver, 80249: $450,00, $1,961 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,509 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 3055 Jasmine St., Denver, 80207: $510,000, $2,118 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 2 baths, 2,106 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 1270 N Downing St., Denver, 80218: $774,000, no monthly estimate. Single-family. 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,932 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 1843 N Clarkson St., Denver, 80218: $950,000, no monthly estimate. Single-family. 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,794 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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