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Photo: Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Salt Lake City has declared racism a public health crisis after the city council and mayor adopted a joint resolution, pledging to eradicating racist policies.

The big picture: The resolution comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared racism a serious public health threat in April.

  • CDC Director Rochelle Walensky spoke then on the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color, pointing to case counts and death tolls, as well as economic and social effects.

The big picture: Salt Lake City's resolution states that racism has harmful effects on the mental and physical health of minority communities, resulting in significant health disparities.

  • The resolution shows that odds of COVID-19 infection rates were three times higher in neighborhoods with high percentages of Latino and non-white residents.
  • It adds that the city will take the steps to review public health data to address systemic barriers to health including racism.

What they're saying: "We are publicly acknowledging the existence of a grave inequity many in our community have long experienced, and are committing ourselves to creating policies and ordinances that are anti-racist," Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a tweet.

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Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines task force presents "foraging as a human right" resolution

The Tiny Fields Project in Minneapolis uses boulevards and alley space to grow vegetables. DSM Food Security Task Force members referenced the program in making its recommendations Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Tiny Fields Project

Harvesting edible plants on public land would be a human right under a proposed resolution presented to the Des Moines City Council Wednesday.

Why it matters: The measure, which was recommended by the city's food security task force, would help provide residents with resources to grow their own food.

  • It may also drastically change the landscape of Des Moines.
John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado's COVID-19 case rate increase is worst in the nation

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado has the lowest number of hospital beds available right now compared with any other point in the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said Wednesday.

Yes, but: It's still unclear what Gov. Jared Polis' administration will do to address the worsening situation.

Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Denver

1-minute voter guide on Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H

Maura Losch/Axios

Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H would change how the city does its business.

Ballot measure 2G would revoke the mayor's appointing power over the Office of the Independent Monitor — the city's police watchdog — and reinstate it under the Citizens Oversight Board.