Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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State will send $375 stimulus check to 435,000 Coloradans impacted by pandemic
Negotiations for a new federal stimulus package remain underway, but Colorado officials are taking some action now, with Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday announcing a one-time $375 payment to about 435,000 Coloradans impacted financially by the pandemic.
Polis in a news release said the payments will be distributed in early December to "qualifying individuals ... whose lives and jobs have been hurt due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Dozens speak out against restrictions at El Paso County Health meeting
Health officials in El Paso County will meet Friday with officials from the state health department and governor's office to discuss the rate at which COVID-19 is currently spreading in the community and potential courses of action moving forward.
The county is currently rated as Level 1, Safer at Home under the state's new COVID-19 Dial. However, 6.5 percent of COVID tests administered during the past two weeks have come back positive.
Warmer and sunny today with light winds
The forecast is pretty boring and nice over the next seven days! We're going to see lots of sunshine today with light winds and mild temperatures. Temperatures today will stay mild during the day and then fall back near freezing overnight.
Fatal crash shuts down South Academy at Hancock
A two-vehicle fatal crash early Thursday morning has shut down South Academy Boulevard at Hancock Expressway as authorities continue investigating the accident, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police responded to the crash just after midnight and announced the intersection would be shut down for a "lengthy amount of time." As of 6:30 a.m., the intersection remains closed.
Pueblo mayor to announce new directives to combat rising numbers of COVID-19
Mayor gradisar is expected to announce two new actions for the city that will address the rapid spread of COVID-19 while keeping businesses and schools open. News5 will be there for the press conference scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Currently, Pueblo County is at the Safer at Home - Level 2: Concern on the Colorado COVID-19 dial. However, numbers are pushing the county toward Level 3: High-Risk stage.
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