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

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 08:11:35-04

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

Gov. Jared Polis provides update on state's COVID-19 response

The governor said there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations in white Coloradans, and ages 60 to 69 are seeing most hospitalizations recently. The average length of hospitalizations has been typically four to five days with some patients requiring longer hospitalizations.

The statewide mask mandate will also be renewed to continue with the state's economic recovery and help save lives.

Widefield's season opener against Mesa Ridge postponed due to COVID-19

Multiple high school football teams are now quarantined due to outbreaks.

The abbreviated fall season began this week.

NFL postpones Broncos-Patriots game indefinitely due to coronavirus

The NFL has postponed the Denver-New England game indefinitely due to another positive coronavirus test with the Patriots.

That game, originally scheduled for Sunday, had been moved to Monday night.

“This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” wrote the NFL in a statement.

Trump insists he’s free of virus, ready for campaign trail

President Donald Trump on Sunday declared he was healthy enough to return to the campaign trail, a day after the White House doctor said he was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.

Trump, who was poised Monday to host his first rally after his COVID-19 diagnosis, declared he was now “immune” from the virus, a claim that was impossible to prove and comes amid a series of outstanding questions about the president’s health.

White House virus aid offer is panned by Pelosi, Senate GOP

A new White House coronavirus aid offer got bad reviews from both ends of the political spectrum on Saturday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected the most generous Trump administration plan to date as “one step forward, two steps back.” The Republicans who control the Senate dismissed it as too expensive and a political loser for conservatives.

The White House had boosted its offer before Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi spoke on Friday afternoon. President Donald Trump is eager for an agreement before Election Day, even as his most powerful GOP ally in the Senate said Congress is unlikely to deliver relief by then.

The Preview

Looking ahead this week.

Our crazy Colorado weather has us running the A/C and the heater in the same week. Colorado Springs Utilities will also resume disconnect services sometime in the next two weeks.

On Tuesday, Patrick Nelson will bring you some tips on how to save on those utility bills and how to work with the companies to keep the lights on.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Watts will bring you a one-on-one story with Danielle Summerville, the City of Colorado Springs' new Program Manager on Diversity and Community Outreach.

Then on Thursday, News5 Investigates brings you a story on police chases and the dangers they pose for everyone involved. Patrick Nelson is taking a look at some new technology that will help police keep things much safer for everyone.

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