COLORADO SPRINGS — 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:
Daily positive cases have topped more than five thousand on average, the highest ever, as hospitalizations across the state are in excess of 1,500. Hospital capacity continues to be a concern.
A survey this week found 34% of hospitals responding expect some kind of staff shortage in the coming weeks. The death toll among patients continues to climb.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis called for a special session of the Colorado General Assembly to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving to address the economic crisis tied to COVID. The governor is concerned about how problems will be addressed as there are no proposals moving forward at the federal level. Here are the priorities he outlined.
- a small business relief package for places like restaurants and bars with direct aid and tax relief.
- housing and rental assistance to avoid eviction and foreclosure.
- expanding broadband access for online learning.
- support of child care providers
A new color was added to the COVID status dial thClick here to learn about on local family's plan.is week. Purple now supplanting red as the most critical. While no counties in the state have achieved that level, the following counties have moved into red with tougher restrictions: Pueblo, Prowers and Otero.
Teller County's level moved up a notch to orange, but casinos were granted a variance to remain open with reduced capacity. The decision allows hundreds of casino workers in Cripple Creek to stay on the job.
On Friday, the governor said that this struggle is not about colors on a dial, but rather with personal responsibility. He urges us to find a way to face this head-on by doing things that keep ourselves and others safe, all while safeguarding the economy from collapsing more than it already has.
Looking ahead to what you'll see on News5 this week, a lot of people are skipping important appointments due to the pandemic and that includes dental visits. Our Patrick Nelson will show us what emergencies dentists are seeing the most as a result of the gaps in care and how they're working to help people get back on track.
It is Thanksgiving week! We'll show you how shelters are modifying their plans to help feed the hungry this holiday, along with the different ways locals are adapting to the major family holiday during the pandemic.
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Black Friday is usually a day where millions of shoppers rush stores all at once. How the pandemic will affect the stores as mom and pop shops push to get customers in their doors while more look to online. If you're a shop owner or employee, reach out to us with firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story. We'd like to tell your story about how we're staying open amid these challenging times.
It's more important than ever to stay strong and stay safe. We must work together to put this pandemic behind us.
With The Rebound Colorado, News5's team will be here to answer your questions, bringing you expert advice to balance the books, pay the bills, and rebuild savings accounts. E-mail us any time at email@example.com with your suggestions, feedback, frustrations, ideas, suggestions, and anything else you need.