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5 things you need to know for Tuesday, November 17

Pikes Peak
Posted at 5:00 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 07:01:31-05

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Tuesday, November 17.

If you'd like to read the full story, be sure to click on the story headline.

Cripple Creek casinos allowed to stay open under new COVID-19 restrictions in Teller County

An hour before Teller County was set to move into Safer at Level Home Level 3 (Orange) on the state COVID-19 dial, the state Health Department made the determination that local casinos will not be required to close their doors, as was previously indicated.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) advised the county that casinos will be considered indoor events. This means occupancy restrictions will require that there be no more than 50 people in any room, or no more than 25% of a room’s maximum occupancy, whichever is less. Alcohol cutoff times will also be earlier

Follow the headline link for more information on Teller County COVID-19 related restrictions.


Widefield D3 makes e-learning transition

Widefield School District 3 is among many school districts that are making changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the district's website, they announced the following changes are being made immediately after Thanksgiving break through January 15, 2021:

  • Grades 3-12 will be in full distance learning at home
  • Preschool and K-2 students will continue in-person learning at school
  • K-12 students with special services will continue in-person services and learning. Specific information will be sent out from your child's school.


El Paso County adds 3 new COVID-19 testing sites

The testing site at the Citadel Mall is still in place and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new testing sites are:

  • 6436 S. U.S. Highway 85-87 (Formerly known as the Beckett Event Center) Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 7281 McLaughlin Road (Rock Island Regional Trailhead) Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 25 Jefferson Street (parking lot on the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All sites are free and open to the public. Insurance or referrals are not required.


COVID cases are surging, so here's a list of states' current restrictions

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to surge. As the U.S. enters its 10th straight day of recording at least 100,000 cases, states are preparing to lockdown - again - or have put into place new COVID-related restrictions.

Iowa's governor is the latest to announce a statewide mask mandate. Plan accordingly if you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving. Click the link above to see the complete list.


Your latest First Alert 5 Weather forecast

We're looking at one of the nicest days of the week today with sunny skies, light winds, and highs in the 60s and 70s. Overnight we'll get chilly with lows in the lower 40s and 30s under more clear skies. Wednesday will start sunny but we'll bring cloud cover out across the region in the afternoon.

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