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

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Posted at 5:23 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 07:31:44-04

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:

The Review

The week that was. Another busy one with a lot of moving parts as we continue to transition through the Safer at Home phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Assembly is moving forward on a relief package for Colorado which would help small business owners, provide housing assistance, utility assistance, and provide whistleblower protection to employees who are put in unhealthy positions as they return to work.

El Paso County Commissioners, submitted the fourth variance to the state seeking more capacity as gyms and other health clubs slowly reopen. However, the jury is still out on bars, arcades, rodeos, parades fairs, and festivals. Teller County had their submitted variance approved to reopen casinos, beginning Monday, June 15th with major health restrictions in place. Slot machines only, to start.

The Broadmoor World Arena is working on new and innovative ways to use the property as it remains closed. They started a program offering drive-in movies and yoga outside the building. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Pueblo Zoo both reopening now to the general public with a reservation system in place and COVID-19 conscious precautions.

The numbers continue to trend downward in Colorado, particularly when it comes to hospitalizations where there are less than 200 now. Yes, we are still seeing more deaths, which is tragic. As more testing is being done we are expecting Governor Polis to announce new guidelines this week on visitations to senior care facilities.

Finally, a big thank you to all of southern Colorado for donating more than $40,000 during the KOAA-Care and Share fundraising drive on June 11th. Your donation helps those looking for food as we remain in dire economic straits across the region.

Progress, that's the key, but health experts continue to urge everyone to wear masks when out in public and practice social distancing. We'll get through this together, one day at a time.

-Rob Quirk

The Preview

Here's what we're tracking on News 5 this week.

On Tuesday, reporter Patrick Nelson shows us how area students are training at the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs to protect our business and infrastructure against cyber-crimes.

Wall Street has been so volatile this year. On Thursday, Patrick is talking with an area couple who is getting close to retirement, but they’re having to rethink their plans. Alongside that story, we're looking at resources for folks to help you plan for retirement if you're in the same boat.

These stories are all part of our The Rebound Colorado as we work to get Colorado back to work, find ways to help you manage the stress, make ends meet, and follow-up to see if tax dollars allocated to help are going to the right place.

We’ll continue to cover the nationwide civil unrest across the country and here at home and will be tracking things as our state continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Manitou Springs reopen the incline? City leaders will meet on Tuesday to vote on a proposal to open with social distancing guidelines.

Will Cheyenne Mountain Zoo be able to remain open under a variance? The prior variance only allowed for two weeks of a phased re-opening.

We’ll be tracking those stories and so much more this week.

I also want to thank you for your part in helping with the KOAA-Care and Share fundraising drive. It was great to be out there Thursday night to deliver a large donation while seeing our community come together as we always do especially in this time of need.

We’re in some tough times right now. Let’s be kind to each other, be healthy, have good conversations, learn something new. We will get through all of this together.

-Elizabeth Watts

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