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Latest COVID-19 updates: Polis says plans for families to visit loved ones in nursing homes being released next week

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 19:08:02-04

COLORADO — The statewide total of COVID-19 cases stands at 28,822 as of Thursday afternoon, with 1,595 deaths among people who had the virus. Of those, 1,348 are directly due to COVID-19. To date, 5,234 people have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic.

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.

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

Friday, June 12

9 a.m.| Can we track COVID-19 and protect our privacy at the same time?

As we move forward in this new normal with COVID-19, people's daily movements, contacts and even temperatures are being tracked.

8 a.m. | Colorado Springs housing market still thriving during COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, the Colorado Springs housing market is thriving. In a recent report from Realtor.com, Colorado Springs was ranked the hottest real estate market in the nation for the third month in a row.

7 a.m.| Final tests of some COVID-19 vaccines to start next month
The first experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. is on track to begin a huge study next month to prove if it really can fend off the coronavirus, while hard-hit Brazil is testing a different shot from China. Where to do crucial, late-stage testing and how many volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves are big worries for health officials as the virus spread starts tapering off in parts of the world.

Thursday, June 11

12:55 p.m.| Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 update

Gov. Polis reiterated Thursday that Coloradans should continue practicing social distancing, wear masks and prevent any "backsliding" in regards to COVID-19. Polis said mask wearing is most important in conjunction with social distancing and an "easy thing" we can do to continue protecting "yourself and others." He announced a new campaign to encourage telecommuting: candocolorado.org. He cited telecommuting in helping lessen air pollution and having health benefits for Coloradans.

Polis said the state was one of the first to reopen safely and following instructions from health officials. "We're trying to do this in a sustainable way," Polis said on the reopening process.

He addressed nursing homes are taking the pandemic with the "seriousness" to continue work against COVID-`19. He said testing is important for these facilities and continued safety protocols have limited outbreaks in these homes. He said they were going to be shortly rolling out a plan next week that will allow people to visit their loved ones in nursing homes.

In regards to voting, Polis said he encourages Coloradans to vote as ballots have been mailed out this week.

12:45 p.m.| Governor Polis to hold press conference this afternoon

Governor Polis will provide an update on COVID-19 in Colorado. News5 will stream live here and on Facebook.

7:30 a.m.| Helping kids cope with mental health challenges they're facing

For just about all of us, this year has not gone as planned. Isolation, changes to the school year, financial stress and canceled plans are things adults are struggling to deal with, but it's also having an impact on kids. Experts say it's something we need to recognize, so we can help.

6 a.m| Coronado highlight's new protocols in return to football workouts

The Coronado Cougars are one of several local teams getting back to their grind, complete with daily temperature checks, masks, and a lot of social distancing.
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7 p.m. | Proposal to reopen Incline with with free, interim reservation system to be presented to Manitou City Council

Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are collaborating on an interim plan to reopen the Manitou Incline with recommended public health modifications in place.

On Thursday, June 11, the Manitou Springs City Council will convene a special work session to hear the proposal from Colorado Springs city staff, as well as a parking plan from the City of Manitou Springs.

After the work session, Manitou Springs City Council will give direction on how to move forward.

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers in Colorado

28,499 cases
5,035 hospitalized
60 counties
227,761 people tested
306 outbreaks
1,573 deaths among cases
1,328 deaths due to COVID-19

Find the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment here.

2:30 p.m. | Weld County Jail suspends visitation as 23 inmates test positive for COVID-19

The Weld County Jail is suspending personal visitation for inmates after 23 tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff's office announced on Wednesday.

The sheriff's office last week tested 392 of the 468 inmates at the jail. Of the 23 who tested positive, all have been asymptomatic, the sheriff's office said. A second-round of testing across the jail will take place in two weeks.

Attorney will still be allowed to visit inmates at the jail.

6:45 a.m.| Pueblo Zoo reopens to public today

The Pueblo Zoo has been open this week for members, but starting today the general public can begin visiting. The zoo said buildings will be closed, visitors can still purchase food or gift shop items and "guests will be able to enjoy the zoo’s spacious 25 acres of flat greenspace and gardens along a designated one-way path."

6 a.m.| Pandemic has paralyzed veterans feeling trapped and terrified

Being isolated and stuck at home is hard for everyone, but for those who are paralyzed and depend on others for their daily needs, the pandemic creates an entirely different kind of fear and anxiety.

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Click 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.

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.