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The Review & Preview: What southern Coloradans need to know about COVID-19 this week

The Review & Preview: What Southern Coloradans need to know about COVID-19 this week
Posted at 5:45 AM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 07:45:54-04

With some 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 Review

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get tested, Gov. Jared Polis says

Gov. Jared Polis last Monday made it clear: If you have symptoms, you can get tested for free.

"If you have symptoms of COVID-19, consult your medical provider and get tested," Polis said. If a Coloradan does not have a medical provider or can't reach their doctor, they can get tested at one of the community testing centers in the state. Go here to find a community testing center .

Officials are now also encouraging any essential workers, first responders or anyone else who has regular contact with the public to get tested, even if they are asymptomatic.

Three Colorado children potentially have inflammatory illness; appears to be related to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert about a rare, inflammatory illness being seen in children across the country called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The CDC is still not sure what is responsible for MIS-C, but many children who contract it had the virus that causes COVID-19. Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday there are three potential cases of MIS-C now in Colorado.

Children's Hospital Colorado is one of the leading research institutions for MIS-C in the entire country. Doctors have been studying similar illnesses there for decades now and said they are prepared to treat any MIS-C patients they may get.

Finalized guidelines for initial reopening of Colorado restaurants for dine-in options unveiled

Colorado restaurants will have to limit indoor dining to either 50% of their maximum occupancy or 50 people, whichever is fewer, according to the finalized guidelines for the plan to begin allowing restaurants to reopen to dine-in options, which were unveiled Sunday.

The governor’s office is expected to provide more insight as to when the new rules will go into effect on Monday.

State approves restaurant variance for El Paso County

Effective immediately, restaurants throughout El Paso County can now serve customers who chose to dine-in. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified El Paso County Public Health late Saturday evening that a variance request to allow in-person dining was approved.

Variance request to reopening restaurants and many other businesses were also approved by the state for Teller County and Fremont County.

The Review & Preview: What southern Coloradans need to know about COVID-19 this week: 5/25

The Preview

Why we celebrate Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day. It's a day to pay tribute and remember those who lost their lives in sacrifice for our freedom.

We'll be taking you to events in southern Colorado and across the country.

The Rebound is coming: We're all in this together

Monday, we'll show you how a Pueblo gym is working to Rebound from the pandemic.

The owner bought the gym less than one year ago and never though he'd be struggling through a pandemic. We'll show you how they're naviating the Safer-at-Home orders and their advice to other businesses on how to keep going through these tough times.

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