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:
The Colorado Comeback Cash Program continues, our second million-dollar winner and the first five scholarship winners for children age 12 to 17 were announced this week. It's all part of a state effort to get more people vaccinated.
However, despite all kinds of incentives from cash, beer, trucks, and scholarships, the CDC reports it has not really moved the needle when it comes to vaccine hesitancy in this country.
The White House announced this week we will purchase 200 million vaccines this year and 300 million next year to send to other countries that are struggling to pay for vaccines.
The members of the G7 summit also announcing their intent to do the same to varying degrees depending on the country.
The numbers in Colorado continue to trend downward regarding cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
In El Paso County, we are at our lowest level in seven months. However, it's the counties with the lowest vaccination rates that are still seeing the most cases.
The vaccination site at the state fairgrounds in Pueblo will close after business on Monday.
Meanwhile, Safeway stores are keeping their vaccine clinics open longer to accommodate more people.
Finally, Children's Hospital Colorado announced this week they are participating in Pfizer's vaccine study for kids age five to eleven.
Looking ahead for you this week.
On Monday, Bill Folsom is focusing on those delicious Pueblo chiles, the origin of the chile in pueblo county, and talking to one of the people instrumental in developing this Colorado favorite.
On Wednesday morning, we have the annual street breakfast, which is back in person this year after the pandemic canceled it last year. The hot breakfast served up by Army and Air Force personnel, there will also be live entertainment and other fun activities for the family to kick off the rodeo season.
On Thursday, Elizabeth Watts will introduce us to a three-time Olympic javelin thrower who lives right here in Olympic City U.S.A. We will hear her story of how she was able to come back from different setbacks to compete this summer in Tokyo, and Elizabeth will reveal her hidden talent.
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