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5 Things You Need To Know - April 13, 2020

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 08:37:04-04

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Monday morning.

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Help is out there for those struggling with suicidal ideations

An increase in call volume coming into Colorado Crisis Services reflects a large mental strain due to the Stay at Home order taking place in Colorado. It sparked a conversation about how the community can try to help those who may not feel like there is an end in sight.
SNAP recipients receiving maximum benefits during COVID-19

The El Paso County Department of Human Services is busy processing hundreds of requests for benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Due to waivers, applicants are receiving the maximum amount of benefits they're eligible for right now.
Bitterly cold with another round of snow later today, tonight

We have a very active day across southern Colorado with pockets of snow still falling early in the morning and more snow expected to fall in the afternoon and evening hours. Snow is heavy in pockets this morning, especially for southern El Paso ounty. Snow will return heavier later this afternoon and evening, transitioning to flurries and then dry skies overnight.
COVID-19 deaths in Colorado near 300

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Colorado, with the statewide total at 7,303 as of Sunday afternoon, including 290 deaths and 1,417 people hospitalized. News5 is keeping track of COVID-19 updates across the state.
Bent's Fort Fire at 1,500 acres with 95% containment

A "large" fire caused the closure of State Highway 194 near the Otero/Bent county line Saturday afternoon. The fire, named the "Bent's Fort Fire," started east of La Junta in Otero County. Crews will remain in the area into Monday to monitor hot spots.
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