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5 Things You Need To Know - August 17, 2020

District 49
Wildfire smoke against Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
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Mask mandate extended as El Paso County trends in right direction
Posted at 6:39 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 08:39:27-04

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

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D49 begins school year with entirely remote learning

School District 49 announced last Monday that it was changing its back to school plans and beginning the school year today with remote learning for everyone. The district said this decision was made after meeting with health officials and conducting two conversations with more than 2,000 members of its workforce and parent community to identify priorities and concerns about its back to school plan.
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One person shot in Colorado Springs apartment complex

One person was taken to the hospital Monday morning after being shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police said the shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. at Elevate Apartment Homes. It is unknown how serious the gunshot wound is, but the man who was shot was able to talk to first responders when they arrived.
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Hot and smoky with mostly dry skies today

We're going to be hot again today and with more smoke across the region. The winds will be gusty at times, and fire danger will stay elevated. We should be dry across the region, but a spotty storm or two is going to be possible across some of the mountains west of I-25.
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The Review & Preview: What southern Coloradans need to know this week

With some much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic, News5 has put together a review and preview of what is going on in Southern Colorado as it pertains to the virus. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask mandate and El Paso County health officials are urging those who used the new Citadel Mall COVID-19 test site last Tuesday to retest due to "possible temperature control inconsistencies of testing samples." Click on the link above for more.
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Mask mandate extended as El Paso County trends in right direction

Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order on Friday extending the statewide mask mandate for at least another month. The mandate began around a month ago, and since then, numbers in El Paso County have slowly started trending in the right direction. Even though we are still in what's considered a high-risk area, those with El Paso County Public Health said we are doing better than we were a few weeks ago.
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