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Posted at 4:56 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:47:39-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Colorado, with the statewide total at 6,202 as of Thursday afternoon, including 226 deaths and 1,221 people hospitalized. Gov. Jared Polis announced the Colorado Mask Project last week to urge anyone who leaves home for essential needs to cover their face with a mask. The recommendation is to create your own with cloth.

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Check here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado Springs and Pueblo have both set up hotlines for people to call with questions about COVID-19. In Colorado Springs, call 719-575-8888 or the United Way 2-1-1 hotline. In Pueblo, call 719-583-4444.

Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

4:45 p.m. | D11 to distribute grab-and-go lunches to 5 new neighborhood locations

Colorado Springs School District 11 has announced five new neighborhood locations, in addition to their 12 school site, that will be distributing grab-and-go lunches.

The distribution will occur at the same time, between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and is open to anyone in need of a meal ages 18 and under.

4:30 p.m. | Clear Creek County will shut down all county roads to non-residents to curb outdoor activity

Clear Creek County commissioners on Thursday voted to close all county roads to non-residents, beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, as officials hope to reduce activity in the county during the coronavirus outbreak.

Commissioners Randy Wheelock and George Marlin voted in favor of the move, while Commissioner Sean Wood opposed it. The order from commissioners Thursday will only apply to county roads, not U.S. 6 and Interstate 70 and city streets.

4:20 P.M. | Pueblo County health experts believe positive cases for COVID-19 much higher than confirmed

As Pueblo County’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 approaches 50, public health officials expect the numbers of Puebloans who have contacted the virus to be much higher.

“I expect COVID-19 is widespread in the community. Based on state modeling we could have as many as ten times that number or close to 500 people who have the virus,” said Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “As people with positive and presumed positive COVID-19 increase, it becomes more critical for people to stay at home and minimize activities in the community. You are at a risk anywhere you go because people who have the virus but are not showing symptoms may go to the same places you do and be in contact with what you touch,” said Evetts. “Thus, it is important to protect yourself.”

4:15 P.M. | New Pueblo County COVID-19 numbers

Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced today one additional COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. The additional case is a 26-year-old male.

Pueblo County now has a total of 49 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents.

4:00 P.M. | Latest COVID-19 numbers in Colorado

6,202 cases*
1,221 hospitalized
56 counties
31,180 people tested**
226 deaths
54 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

There are almost 500 new cases in less than 24 hours in Colorado

3:35 p.m. | Air Force Academy making own masks

According to the U.S. Air Force Academy, senior cadets who have stayed at the Air Force Academy to complete their bachelor’s degree during the COVID-19 outbreak, will get face masks before the weekend.

Tailors at the Academy are making the 10-inch by 6-inch cotton masks at the cadet tailor shop in Sijan Hall.

3:30 p.m. | Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment confirms 14 deaths at facility in Greeley
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed that there have been 14 deaths related to COVID-19 among residents at the Centennial Health Care Center in Greeley – information first reported by The Colorado Sun, which also reports there have been three more deaths at the facility whose tests have not been confirmed. As of Wednesday's data release, there were outbreaks at 48 residential and non-hospital health care facilities in Colorado.

3:15 p.m. | El Paso County updates
The Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone (EZ) Business Relief Fund has been established to help small, locally-owned businesses facing layoffs and closures to sustain operations and maintain their workforce. It is community based and grant funded, and those who donate $100 or more qualify for an EZ 25% state income tax credit.

3:00 p.m. | El Paso County updates
Businesses in the Enterprise Zone will have acess to grants up to $7,500 for critical needs like rent or mortgate assistance, utility payments, employee payroll, accounts payable, and more.
The Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone (EZ) Business Relief Fund has been established to help small, locally-owned businesses facing layoffs and closures to sustain operations and maintain their workforce. It is community based and grant funded, and those who donate $100 or more qualify for an EZ 25% state income tax credit.

El Paso County parks, trails, and open spaces remain open during the COVID-19 crisis, but residents are reminded to maintain physical distancing when they use those areas.

Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging offers resources and tips for older adults.
County Parks also reminds visotirs to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park that climbing on hoodoo formations is never permitted, and dogs, bikes, and horses are not allowed at that park. Parks officials have noticed overuse of Paint Mines and are encouraging people to use other county park sites.

Help Colorado Now has an Innovation Response Team and is looking for private sector companies and people to partner on projects addressing emerging challenges in Colorado due to COVID-19. They are looking for software engineers, developers, and date scientists, as well as companies with supply or manufacturing capabilities for personal protective equipment. They're also looking for people willing to volunteer their company or individual professional expertise.

1:15 p.m.| Pueblo implementing mail-in ballots for election
Help Colorado Now has an Innovation Response Team and is looking for private sector companies and people to partner on projects addressing emerging challenges in Colorado due to COVID-19. They are looking for software engineers, developers, and date scientists, as well as companies with supply or manufacturing capabilities for personal protective equipment. They're also looking for people willing to volunteer their company or individual professional expertise.
For Pueblo County's coordinated election on May 5, voters will have to send in mail-in ballots to participate. The county announced it will not be opening its Voter Service and Polling Centers.

1:15 p.m.| Pueblo implementing mail-in ballots for election
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters. In order to check if your addres is up-to-date, click here.
For Pueblo County's coordinated election on May 5, voters will have to send in mail-in ballots to participate. The county announced it will not be opening its Voter Service and Polling Centers.

1:05 p.m.| King Soopers extending hours to limit customers in stores
King Soopers announced beginning Monday, April 13, they will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help limit the amount of customers in their stores at one time. With this change, they are also extending their senior hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Prowers County Public Health and Environment confirms that one person has tested positive for the virus. They have been in isolation since they were testing. Those who have been in contact with this person have been notified, the department said.

10:50 a.m. | Prowers County reports first positive case of COVID-19
According to a release, testing is going on in the county, with a priority given to healthcare workers and first responders.
Prowers County Public Health and Environment confirms that one person has tested positive for the virus. They have been in isolation since they were testing. Those who have been in contact with this person have been notified, the department said.
Details on the patient's age and gender is not available.
According to a release, testing is going on in the county, with a priority given to healthcare workers and first responders.
As new numbers come in this afternoon at 4p.m., the addition of Prowers County brings the total number of jurisdictions impacted to 55.
Details on the patient's age and gender is not available.
For the latest updates in Colorado, click here for the state's COVID-19 site.
As new numbers come in this afternoon at 4p.m., the addition of Prowers County brings the total number of jurisdictions impacted to 55.

10:00 a.m. | KOAA to carry Easter Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
For the latest updates in Colorado, click here for the state's COVID-19 site.
As we look ahead towards an Easter weekend of social distancing, KOAA-TV will air and livestream Easter Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, as part of a partnership between the Archdiocese of New York and the E.W. Scripps Company.

10:00 a.m. | KOAA to carry Easter Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
KOAA-TV will carry the event from 10:00-11:00a.m. on Sunday.

As we look ahead towards an Easter weekend of social distancing, KOAA-TV will air and livestream Easter Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, as part of a partnership between the Archdiocese of New York and the E.W. Scripps Company.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York will celebrate Mass without a congregation present due to the coronavirus outbreak. The masses will also be available on koaa.com and on streaming platforms such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Facebook Live.

If your local congregation is carrying a livestream of services this weekend, please let us know via digitalproducer@koaa.com and we'll spread the word.

8:15 a.m. | CEA asks for more support from Gov. Polis
The Colorado Education Association has formally asked for Gov. Polis to do more to help students and educators during the pandemic. More than 3,200 members have called on him to take more steps to help them.

“We readily acknowledge the governor has shown brave and decisive leadership through this crisis,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association.

Baca-Oehlert said the state’s decision to close schools, cancel standardized testing and waive requirements for educator evaluations have helped, but aren't enough.

“Now we are calling on the governor to do more," Baca-Oehlert said. "Our state's lower income and vulnerable populations need more. Our educators and students need more."

Among other things, the petition requests that Polis:
--Cease all ICE_related arrests
--Have ICE to release nonviolent offenders
--Provide firm direction to school districts that are usually accustomed to having a great amount of local control in making decisions
--Provide firm direction to school districts that are usually accustomed to having a great amount of local control in making decisions
--Have ICE to release nonviolent offenders

7:55 a.m. | Staying at home is helping CDOT roadwork get done
The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching as closures, and cancellations can be seen across our communities, but some of the essential work that continues is along Colorado's roads. News5 learned less traffic is giving CDOT more flexibility with schedules helping to get the work done

The spread of Coronavirus has interrupted the lives of people across the nation. Here in Colorado crews along our state's highways and roads continue to work. While they agree this is a very difficult time for our country, they say less traffic is actually making their work zone safer and it's allowing them to have more flexibility with their schedules.

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7:52 a.m. | News 5 Investigates: $15 sanitizer sold in Pueblo is mislabeled and looks like water
It's no secret that people are using the Coronavirus pandemic to make money by marking up items like Clorox wipes, face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.
News 5 Investigates went undercover last week to catch people price gouging critical medical supplies.
Now we've learned that a street vendor in Pueblo has been selling small bottles of hand sanitizer for $15.
However, News 5 Investigates found a bigger problem with the labeling on the sanitizer sold at the corner of Santa Fe Drive and Aspen in Pueblo. Read more on this News 5 investigation

7:30 a.m. | Total number of initial unemployment claims filed in Colorado last week
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said 46,065 initial unemployment claims were filed for the week ending on Saturday, April 4.
Over the past three weeks, 127,393 of these claims were filed, the department said.
The U.S. Department of Labor said this morning that 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment claims last week, meaning about 16 million people have applied for unemployment in the past three weeks.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

4:40 p.m. | Polis says more social distancing key for lifting stay-at-home order
Gov. Jared Polis earlier this week extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 26, with the hope Colorado can lift social distancing measures and end the limitations on the economy by the end of the month.
Gov. Jared Polis earlier this week extended the statewide stay-at-home order to April 26, with the hope Colorado can lift social distancing measures and end the limitations on the economy by the end of the month.
But Polis on Wednesday emphasized that can only happen one way: If Coloradans continue social distancing and adhere to the stay-at-home order while it's still in place.
But Polis on Wednesday emphasized that can only happen one way: If Coloradans continue social distancing and adhere to the stay-at-home order while it's still in place.
"I think [April 26] is a realistic date we can achieve as long as Coloradans are staying home," Polis said at an afternoon news conference Wednesday. "If Coloradans aren't, this is going to get worse and much worse."
"I think [April 26] is a realistic date we can achieve as long as Coloradans are staying home," Polis said at an afternoon news conference Wednesday. "If Coloradans aren't, this is going to get worse and much worse."
Polis and state health officials over the last week have offered positive news about the spread of coronavirus in Colorado, saying the spread has slowed. But they continued to emphasize that more social distancing is needed and that the state likely hasn't reached its peak in the outbreak.
Polis and state health officials over the last week have offered positive news about the spread of coronavirus in Colorado, saying the spread has slowed. But they continued to emphasize that more social distancing is needed and that the state likely hasn't reached its peak in the outbreak.
Read more here.
Read more here.
4:32 p.m. | Colorado governor 'grateful' for 100 ventilators promised by President Trump, says communication is key
4:32 p.m. | Colorado governor 'grateful' for 100 ventilators promised by President Trump, says communication is key
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday afternoon the state was “grateful” to receive 100 more ventilators from the federal government, and lauded the 500 more devices the state had than at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, just days after he said that FEMA had bought ventilators out from under Colorado.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday afternoon the state was “grateful” to receive 100 more ventilators from the federal government, and lauded the 500 more devices the state had than at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, just days after he said that FEMA had bought ventilators out from under Colorado.
He brushed aside a question about whether it mattered whom the president credited for facilitating the delivery of the new ventilators, saying he was “not here to do political analysis.”
He brushed aside a question about whether it mattered whom the president credited for facilitating the delivery of the new ventilators, saying he was “not here to do political analysis.”
But he said what was needed most from FEMA and all suppliers were timelines – on what date will the supplies arrive and exactly what the state is receiving so those details can be built into the state’s overall plan. Click here to read the full story.
But he said what was needed most from FEMA and all suppliers were timelines – on what date will the supplies arrive and exactly what the state is receiving so those details can be built into the state’s overall plan. Click here to read the full story.
4:20 p.m. | Bennet announces $24+ million in funding for Colorado Community Health Centers
4:20 p.m. | Bennet announces $24+ million in funding for Colorado Community Health Centers
Sen. Michael Bennet said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded over $24 million to 20 community health centers across Colorado as part of the push to include the funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, otherwise known as the coronavirus relief stimulus package.
Sen. Michael Bennet said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded over $24 million to 20 community health centers across Colorado as part of the push to include the funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, otherwise known as the coronavirus relief stimulus package.
4:15 p.m. | Department of Corrections inmate tests positive for COVID-19
4:15 p.m. | Department of Corrections inmate tests positive for COVID-19
An inmate in the Buena Vista Correctional Complex has tested positive for COVID-19 the Department of Corrections said in a press release on Wednesday.
An inmate in the Buena Vista Correctional Complex has tested positive for COVID-19 the Department of Corrections said in a press release on Wednesday.
Find more information here.
Find more information here.
4:00 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers from the State of Colorado
4:00 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers from the State of Colorado
5,655 cases
1,162 hospitalized
54 counties
29,199 people tested
193 deaths
48 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities
48 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities
Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.
Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.
3:30 p.m. | White House briefing
3:30 p.m. | White House briefing
Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.
3:30 p.m. | White House briefing
3:30 p.m. | White House briefing
3:15 p.m. | CDPHE secures two alternative care sites to treat COVID-19 patients
3:15 p.m. | CDPHE secures two alternative care sites to treat COVID-19 patients

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) says the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and The Ranch - Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex in Loveland will be transformed as alternative care sites that will serve as Tier 3 medical shelters for coronavirus patients who no longer require critical care.
In a statement, the CDPHE said The Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC), along with the Colorado Hospital Association, worked with local communities and the US Army Corps of Engineers to select and prepare those sites for patients who have stabilized in-hospital and need to be moved elsewhere to treat patients recovering from the disease caused by the novel conarivurs.
In a statement, the CDPHE said The Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC), along with the Colorado Hospital Association, worked with local communities and the US Army Corps of Engineers to select and prepare those sites for patients who have stabilized in-hospital and need to be moved elsewhere to treat patients recovering from the disease caused by the novel conarivurs.
The sites will be for patients who are being transferred from hospitals and health care facilities, and will not accept people seeking medical care or diagnosis from COVID-19.
The sites will be for patients who are being transferred from hospitals and health care facilities, and will not accept people seeking medical care or diagnosis from COVID-19.
On April 1, state health officials formed a four-tiered system, classifying facilities based on the type of care needed there.
On April 1, state health officials formed a four-tiered system, classifying facilities based on the type of care needed there.
Tier 1 will be in-hospital care in the intensive care units.
Tier 1 will be in-hospital care in the intensive care units.
Tier 2 facilities would include ambulatory surgical location and other freestanding sites.
Tier 2 facilities would include ambulatory surgical location and other freestanding sites.
Tier 3 facilities would be for "sub-acute" patients who need daily monitoring and respiratory needs. Tier 3 facilities could include arenas, convention centers and stadiums and the goal would be to have 2,000 beds by April 18.
Tier 3 facilities would be for "sub-acute" patients who need daily monitoring and respiratory needs. Tier 3 facilities could include arenas, convention centers and stadiums and the goal would be to have 2,000 beds by April 18.
Tier 4 would be for patients who are asymptomatic but need supervision. Dorms, hotels and other similar buildings could serve as Tier 4 facilities. The state estimates it would need 10,000 beds by May 15.
Tier 4 would be for patients who are asymptomatic but need supervision. Dorms, hotels and other similar buildings could serve as Tier 4 facilities. The state estimates it would need 10,000 beds by May 15.
In the release, the CDPHE said the Army Corps of Engineers said it would begin construction for the Convention Center and the Events Complex on Friday to retro-fit them to serve as Tier 3 medical shelters.
In the release, the CDPHE said the Army Corps of Engineers said it would begin construction for the Convention Center and the Events Complex on Friday to retro-fit them to serve as Tier 3 medical shelters.
2:52 p.m. | 21-year-old college student is Colorado's youngest COVID-19 victim
2:52 p.m. | 21-year-old college student is Colorado's youngest COVID-19 victim
A Colorado Mesa University (CMU) student has died of complications from the novel coronavirus the school said Wednesday. Cody Lyster, 21, recently passed away from the virus, according to a letter from CMU President Tim Foster. He is Colorado's youngest person to die from the infection, according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
A Colorado Mesa University (CMU) student has died of complications from the novel coronavirus the school said Wednesday. Cody Lyster, 21, recently passed away from the virus, according to a letter from CMU President Tim Foster. He is Colorado's youngest person to die from the infection, according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
The governor tweeted the following statement Wednesday:
The governor tweeted the following statement Wednesday:
"We mourn the tragic loss of all victims of CO-VID 19 “Coronavirus” here in Colorado, nationally, and internationally. Today we mourn Colorado’s youngest victim: a 21-year Colorado Mesa University student who played on the club baseball team. While older Coloradans are most at risk, this virus can take a deadly turn for people of all ages. That’s why we need to stay at home except when absolutely necessary."
"We mourn the tragic loss of all victims of CO-VID 19 “Coronavirus” here in Colorado, nationally, and internationally. Today we mourn Colorado’s youngest victim: a 21-year Colorado Mesa University student who played on the club baseball team. While older Coloradans are most at risk, this virus can take a deadly turn for people of all ages. That’s why we need to stay at home except when absolutely necessary."
12 p.m.| Gov. Jared Polis to give COVID-19 update, guidance for staying safe during Holy Week
12 p.m.| Gov. Jared Polis to give COVID-19 update, guidance for staying safe during Holy Week
Gov. Jared Polis is providing a COVID-19 update from the Governor's mansion. The primary message today is 'stay home' as we prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover. Christians and Jews are encouraged to attend virtual services and to engage in alternative activities at home during this time.
Gov. Jared Polis is providing a COVID-19 update from the Governor's mansion. The primary message today is 'stay home' as we prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover. Christians and Jews are encouraged to attend virtual services and to engage in alternative activities at home during this time.
You can read more on the guidance from the Governor's Office here.
You can read more on the guidance from the Governor's Office here.
KOAA-TV will carry Easter services from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Sunday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
KOAA-TV will carry Easter services from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Sunday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
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KOAA-TV will carry Easter services from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Sunday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
10:05 a.m. | ACLU files another suit over jail response to COVID-19
10:05 a.m. | ACLU files another suit over jail response to COVID-19
The ACLU of Colorado says it has filed a class action lawstui in federal court against Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams over the county's response to COVID-19 at its jail. The suit sought an emergency order to compel Reams "to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines — including physical distancing — for all high-risk people being held" at the jail, an ACLU news release said.
The ACLU of Colorado says it has filed a class action lawstui in federal court against Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams over the county's response to COVID-19 at its jail. The suit sought an emergency order to compel Reams "to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines — including physical distancing — for all high-risk people being held" at the jail, an ACLU news release said.
The ACLU said a "calamity" is unfolding at the Weld County Jail and that multiple COVID-19 cases have been identified. The lawsuit urged the jail to make sure inmates can stay at least six feet away and to reduce to population of the jail.
The ACLU said a "calamity" is unfolding at the Weld County Jail and that multiple COVID-19 cases have been identified. The lawsuit urged the jail to make sure inmates can stay at least six feet away and to reduce to population of the jail.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took executive action last month to reduce jail populations and limit the spread of coronavirus.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took executive action last month to reduce jail populations and limit the spread of coronavirus.
Last week the ACLU, along with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, petitioned to the Colorado Supreme Court to issue a directive to lower courts to comply with Polis' order, but the court denied the petitions the same day.
Last week the ACLU, along with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, petitioned to the Colorado Supreme Court to issue a directive to lower courts to comply with Polis' order, but the court denied the petitions the same day.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took executive action last month to reduce jail populations and limit the spread of coronavirus.
9 a.m.| President Trump says 100 ventilators are headed to Colorado
9 a.m.| President Trump says 100 ventilators are headed to Colorado
9 a.m.| President Trump says 100 ventilators are headed to Colorado
9 a.m.| President Trump says 100 ventilators are headed to Colorado
9 a.m.| President Trump says 100 ventilators are headed to Colorado
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5:15 p.m. | Fremont County Health Dept. confirms first outbreak at long-term care facility
The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) announced Tuesday that a COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at the Canon Lodge in Canon City.
The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) announced Tuesday that a COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at the Canon Lodge in Canon City.
Find more information here.
Find more information here.
5:08 p.m. | Nearly 2,000 people laid off at 13 ski-area businesses, Dept. of Labor data shows
5:08 p.m. | Nearly 2,000 people laid off at 13 ski-area businesses, Dept. of Labor data shows
Data from the Colorado Department of Labor shows 1,924 people were laid off from 13 ski-are businesses due to the novel coronavirus. Here's a breakdown:
Data from the Colorado Department of Labor shows 1,924 people were laid off from 13 ski-are businesses due to the novel coronavirus. Here's a breakdown:
-- Breckenridge Ski Resort: 105 employees
-- Colorado Ski & Golf: 133 employees
-- Keystone Resort: 147 employees
-- Keystone Conference Center: 75 employees
-- Keystone Lodging: 200 employees
-- Vail Mountain: 204 employees
-- Beaver Creek Resort: 297 employees
-- Colorado Mountain Express: 198 employees
-- Bicycle Village: 65 employees
-- Vail Beaver Creek Resort Properties: 79 employees
-- Arrabelle at Vail Square: 82 employees
-- The Lodge at Vail: 89 employees
-- Vail Marriott Mountain Resort: 250 employees
-- Vail Marriott Mountain Resort: 250 employees
4:45 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers from the State of Colorado
4:45 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers from the State of Colorado
5,429 cases
54 counties
28,094 people tested
179 deaths
44 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities
44 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities
Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.
Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.
4:30 p.m. | Pueblo D60 reduces days of meal distribution
4:30 p.m. | Pueblo D60 reduces days of meal distribution
Pueblo School District 60 announced Tuesday that meal distribution will be reduced to Tuesdays and Fridays beginning April 10.
Pueblo School District 60 announced Tuesday that meal distribution will be reduced to Tuesdays and Fridays beginning April 10.
Find more information here.
Find more information here.
4:13 p.m. | FEMA awards Colorado nearly $16.7 million for coronavirus response efforts
4:13 p.m. | FEMA awards Colorado nearly $16.7 million for coronavirus response efforts
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $16,688,096.55 to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to better respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The funding was made available under the major disaster declaration issued on March 28 by President Donald Trump.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $16,688,096.55 to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to better respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The funding was made available under the major disaster declaration issued on March 28 by President Donald Trump.
The funding will help Colorado buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as disposable gowns, masks, face shields, safety glasses and gloves, sanitizer, respirators, and ventilators to assist hospitals, medical clinics, city and county governments, and certain private-non-profits across the state.
The funding will help Colorado buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as disposable gowns, masks, face shields, safety glasses and gloves, sanitizer, respirators, and ventilators to assist hospitals, medical clinics, city and county governments, and certain private-non-profits across the state.
“These funds will help Colorado and its communities in the battle against COVID-19,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo in a statement. “This is an example of how all levels of government are coming together to ensure the health and welfare of the public.”
“These funds will help Colorado and its communities in the battle against COVID-19,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo in a statement. “This is an example of how all levels of government are coming together to ensure the health and welfare of the public.”
4:11 p.m. | Safeway, Albertsons to limit store capacity in Colorado
Safeway and Albertsons stores in several states, including Colorado, will limit the number of customers who can be inside the stores at one time to roughly 30% of capacity. The stores will also implement a one-way movement policy in the aisles, which will be marked to provide direction. Additionally, stores are also making Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 9 pm. seniors-only and immunocompromised-only hours. The company says it has secured masks for all of its employees.
Safeway and Albertsons stores in several states, including Colorado, will limit the number of customers who can be inside the stores at one time to roughly 30% of capacity. The stores will also implement a one-way movement policy in the aisles, which will be marked to provide direction. Additionally, stores are also making Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 9 pm. seniors-only and immunocompromised-only hours. The company says it has secured masks for all of its employees.
4:00 p.m. | Additional cases in Pueblo, Third death
4:00 p.m. | Additional cases in Pueblo, Third death
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced Tuesday a third death of a Pueblo County resident related to COVID-19. A 59-year-old man who had previously been reported as a positive case in Pueblo County has died from the virus. An additional positive COVID-19 case of a 28-year-old female was also announced for Pueblo County.
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced Tuesday a third death of a Pueblo County resident related to COVID-19. A 59-year-old man who had previously been reported as a positive case in Pueblo County has died from the virus. An additional positive COVID-19 case of a 28-year-old female was also announced for Pueblo County.
Pueblo County now has a total of 46 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents. Seven additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Alamosa, one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, one from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Custer County). There have been 434 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 371* negative results with 7 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory.
Pueblo County now has a total of 46 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents. Seven additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Alamosa, one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, one from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Custer County). There have been 434 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 371* negative results with 7 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory.
3:15 p.m. El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office explains enforcement of Governor Polis' orders
3:15 p.m. El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office explains enforcement of Governor Polis' orders
Pueblo County now has a total of 46 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents. Seven additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Alamosa, one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, one from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Custer County). There have been 434 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 371* negative results with 7 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a release Tuesday to clarify how they will be enforcing the governor's Stay-at-Home Order.
3:15 p.m. El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office explains enforcement of Governor Polis' orders
The Sheriff's Office said they will be working with El Paso County Public Health to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, which has now been extended to April 26.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a release Tuesday to clarify how they will be enforcing the governor's Stay-at-Home Order.
When the El Paso County Communications Center fields a complaint from citizens regarding people violating the Stay-at-Home Order or businesses violating the Bar and Restaurant Order, the Sheriff's Office goal will be to:
1. Educate and gain voluntary compliance of these orders with the assistance of the El Paso County Health Department.
2. Ensure the individuals are given appropriate time to comply with the orders.
2. Ensure the individuals are given appropriate time to comply with the orders.
3. Deputies will only criminally charge as a last resort.
“We, as a community, all have the responsibility to take the steps necessary to protect our community from the devastating effects of COVID-19. By following these orders, we can make a significant difference in minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County,” said Sheriff Bill Elder.
3. Deputies will only criminally charge as a last resort.
3:00 p.m. | Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers says the number of positive COVID-19 tests is down
3:00 p.m. | Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers says the number of positive COVID-19 tests is down
During a press conference on Tuesday, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the number of positive test in El Paso County is down, but full compliance with the stay-at-home order is necessary.
Mayor Suthers added the city is seeing an improvement in social distance at city parks and other areas. He said that he is on board with wearing face masks in public settings.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the number of positive test in El Paso County is down, but full compliance with the stay-at-home order is necessary.
El Paso County Public Health Deputy Medical Director Dr. Leon Kelly stated they are seeing positive effects from people wearing masks. He wants to remind everyone to use homemade mask that way the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) can be saved for those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines.
Mayor Suthers added the city is seeing an improvement in social distance at city parks and other areas. He said that he is on board with wearing face masks in public settings.
As a reminder if you do have something to report, do not call 911 or local law enforcement with the complaints.
El Paso County Public Health Deputy Medical Director Dr. Leon Kelly stated they are seeing positive effects from people wearing masks. He wants to remind everyone to use homemade mask that way the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) can be saved for those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines.
9:10 a.m. | "Now's not the time to celebrate," Dr. Leon Kelly says.
As a reminder if you do have something to report, do not call 911 or local law enforcement with the complaints.
Dr. Leon Kelly said now is not the time to celebrate, in regards to the progress made with self-isolating and social distancing. There is progress, but there is still a long way to go.
9:10 a.m. | "Now's not the time to celebrate," Dr. Leon Kelly says.
9:07 a.m. | New cases in healthcare workers, long-term care facilities
Dr. Leon Kelly said now is not the time to celebrate, in regards to the progress made with self-isolating and social distancing. There is progress, but there is still a long way to go.
Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy medical director of El Paso County Public Health, says they are seeing new cases from healthcare workers or from long-term care facilities. This is because a lot of the people who are not in these systems are self-isolating and staying home.
Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy medical director of El Paso County Public Health, says they are seeing new cases from healthcare workers or from long-term care facilities. This is because a lot of the people who are not in these systems are self-isolating and staying home.
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Dr. Leon Kelly, deputy medical director of El Paso County Public Health, says they are seeing new cases from healthcare workers or from long-term care facilities. This is because a lot of the people who are not in these systems are self-isolating and staying home.
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People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.