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 pace of positive COVID-19 tests reported in El Paso County dropped to 99 for every 100,000 residents at the end of last week. That change was significant. Public health officials consider the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 residents to be a redline for risking greater community spread of the virus.
Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director for El Paso County Public Health, believes this downward trend is the result of a broad mitigation strategy put in place earlier this summer when infections reached as his as 157 cases per 100,000 residents.
There have been some clusters of COVID outbreaks as schools open back up.
District 20 already had to remove some students and staff from elementary schools. Colorado College also had a couple of cases on campus this past week.
There's a new source of money for small businesses across Colorado. The Energize Colorado Gap Fund application opens on Monday, August 31.
Energize Colorado has amassed over 200 volunteers across eleven different business segments since they started in the spring of this year. The group has raised $25 million in a relief fund, reserved for Colorado's small businesses with less than 25 employees.
On Monday, we resume our Rebound series as we work to come back from the pandemic in southern Colorado.
Kids are facing a lot more screen time at home. Tuesday, Patrick Nelson will speak with experts and families about how to balance school and playtime on scree.
Then on Thursday, Patrick will focus on cybersecurity and space-related jobs, which are on the rise. He'll look into how these fields are diversifying and creating pathways for women and people of color.
The State Fair got underway this past week and we'll continue to focus on the changes this year and how fair officials are making it work.
The Pueblo Chile Fest will also have a new look this year.
This week, Elizabeth Watts will head out to the mesa to hear from farmers about the importance of the Chile Fest to their bottom line.
On Monday, Pueblo City Council will hold a special meeting to decide if a question will be put on the November ballot to try and resolve the debate over the Christopher Columbus statue in the city.
City Council members Mark Aliff and Lori Winner are leading an effort to get get a question about the statue on the November ballot.
The special meeting will come after weeks of protests at the statue and the failure of a mediator to reach a resolution between both sides.
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