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The Review & Preview: What southern Coloradans need to know this week

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 09:19:40-05

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

State's positivity rate drops below 5% for first time in months

The seven-day positivity rate for the state finally dropped below that critical 5% level. Hospitalizations continue to trend down while more and more vaccines are being administered, more than half a million
now, with around 90% of those critical care workers.

Gov. Jared Polis announces teachers, educators can receive vaccines starting Feb. 8

We also learned from the governor this week that those age 65 and older, educators, child care providers and religious leaders will receive vaccines beginning Feb. 8. Nationally, the federal government plans to purchase another 200 million vaccines, 100 million each from Pfizer and Moderna.

Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine proves effective in trial, but less so than Moderna, Pfizer

While Johnson and Johnson, announcing on Friday, they will submit an emergency authorization for approval within the next week. Their one dose vaccine showing a success rate of more than 75%. The key to success here in Colorado, according to Governor Polis is increasing the supply from the feds, as FEMA has now directed the Defense Department to analyze and then speed up the distribution process to a wider number of Americans.

Colorado Springs creating sales tax rebate for COVID strained restaurants

Colorado Springs and El Paso County this week opened up an application process for restaurants to receive $1,400 a month in sales tax breaks. You just need to access their websites for information.

Pueblo businesses in 5 Star program can now operate under Level Yellow guidance

And we finally saw Pueblo businesses beginning to take advantage of the five-star variance program, allowing them to drop to level yellow and serve more customers indoors. While the news continues to trend in a positive direction, health leaders insist this is not the time to let our guards down and focus on the three Ws: Wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands frequently.

The Preview

Jury selection starts in Pueblo murder trial, eight years after Kelsie Schelling disappeared

The jury will soon be set in the murder trial for Donthe Lucas. He's accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Kelsie Schelling. Her body was never found. We'll be in the courtroom as opening statements are made and bring you updates throughout the trial.

Also, admitted planned parenthood shooter Robert Dear is back in court. He's been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial every 90 days for years. We'll let you know what happens in the courtroom this week.

On Thursday, News5's Elizabeth Watts will be introducing you to Kingdom F.I.T, or faith in training. As we work to rebound from the effects of the pandemic, how this gym owner and former addict who once attempted suicide is helping others struggling to find their faith and their fitness, to keep on going, and how some don't even have to pay for their sessions.
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