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5 Things You Need To Know - March 18, 2020

Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 18, 2020

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

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Restaurants working to stay afloat amid coronavirus restrictions

Gov. Jared Polis' order for a 30-day temporary suspension of all dine-in services at restaurants and bars across the state is now in effect. While it's a major hit to businesses and workers, they're doing their best to stay afloat and the community is showing their support.
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Resources, businesses still available to you during COVID-19 closures

News5 is keeping track of what businesses, places and resources you can continue to use in communities across southern Colorado. This includes grocery store hours, where to get free meals for students out of school, what restaurants are running and what unemployment resources are available to you.
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Warm & windy today ahead of winter storm Thursday

Today is going to be pretty nice across the forecast area ahead of a nasty winter storm that is set to move through on Thursday. The winds will be gusty today and the air will be dry, meaning there's going to be high fire danger, especially in Las Animas County which has a red flag warning.
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Phony COVID-19 emails, texts rip-off nervous Americans

As people follow the requests of state leaders to stay home, many of us are using email to stay connected. Some people are reporting getting emails from the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control. In these cases, the emails were from scammers impersonating them. Here's what to look out for and what to do if you come across one.
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Trump administration discussing sending cash to Americans as part of stimulus package

During an hour-long press conference at the White House yesterday, officials with the Trump administration floated a plan in which they would send cash directly to citizens "within two weeks" in an attempt to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin added that should such a program go into effect, it would likely be sent to lower- and middle-class Americans within two weeks.
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