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5 Things You Need To Know - March 16, 2020

Buena Vista Sunset
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Posted at 6:21 AM, Mar 16, 2020

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

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Hospitals prepare contingency plans for virus outbreak

As we continue to track the growing number of cases of COVID-19 there are concerns about the ability of local hospitals to treat everyone who would need it should the virus become even more widespread. The El Paso County Department of Public Health and local hospitals have developed a back up plan on how to handle a sudden rush of COVID patients.
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Information highway: CDOT digital signs promote driving safety

Once a week, electronic road signs across Colorado show drivers the total number of deaths for the year on Colorado roads. Often the signs also show short, clever thoughts and phrases about driving safety issues to help give drivers a wake-up call and encourage commuters to drive safely.
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Sunshine FINALLY returns today... before fog and clouds tonight

Southern Colorado will get a break from the gloom that we saw over the weekend with sunshine and warmer temperatures coming through today. Fog over the plains will quickly burn off the morning with full sunshine and a stronger and warmer breeze in the afternoon.
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COVID-19 patient who died in El Paso Co. interacted with others at Colorado Springs Bridge Center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Friday an El Paso County resident has died from COVID-19. The patient was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions, and health officials say she lived alone and not in any kind of assisted living facility. The state announced that El Paso County Public Health has learned that the woman attended bridge games at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center from Feb. 27 through March 3.
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Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday

The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus will receive an experimental dose on Monday, according to a government official. The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial, which is taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.
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