SOUTHERN COLORADO — With so much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a review and preview of what is going on in Southern Colorado as it pertains to the virus:
First the good news, Governor Polis lifted the statewide health emergency imposed at the onset of the pandemic, immediately rescinding all executive orders. For the past year or more, Gov. Polis has signed over 400 executive orders. The governor says the focus is now on economic recovery and federal reimbursement.
The sobering news is that the pandemic is not over, and we are seeing a rise in the delta variant, particularly in El Paso County, where cases have quadrupled in recent weeks to more than 250. El Paso County also has the highest number of new infections among the largest counties in the state and has one of the lower vaccination rates.
Health officials are still urging all to get vaccinated. The vaccine has proved to be 95 percent effective against the variants of COVID-19. Right now there are still more than 300 people hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms in Colorado. The delta variant now accounts for over 50 percent of all new cases. More than 95 percent of those hospitalized or who have died Have not received the vaccine.
The world health organization reported this week that the global death toll from the pandemic is now over 4 million.
The CDC announced new recommendations for students and teachers for the upcoming school year, saying teachers and students who are fully vaccinated don't have to wear a mask. However, they recommend that those who are not vaccinated should still wear them as a precaution.
Finally, the last million-dollar Colorado cash comeback winner was announced this week. The winner was a woman from Aurora who will use the money to pay off her student debt and put her four kids through college. The drawings will continue for another week for the scholarships for kids age 12 to 17 who have received a vaccine.
It's MLB All-Star week in Colorado! Tomorrow News 5's Elizabeth Watts and Brianna Aldridge will be at Coors Field for the home run derby!
On Tuesday, Rob Quirk and sports director Jake Gadon are going to be live for the All-Star game. We'll have all the action and highlights.
Then Wednesday and Thursday we're celebrating the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo! Rob Quirk and Elizabeth Watts will be live at Norris Penrose Events center to share all the fun.
We'll also continue to share Olympic journeys with you, as local athletes get ready to head to Tokyo, with the games getting underway next week.
These stories and much more on News 5 this week.
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