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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 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 09:05:02-04

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 the state is seeing an upward trend of cases and 200 current hospitalizations, the most since Aug. 9.

Polis also continued to stress the importance of enrolling students in online programs. He said that upper grades are seeing low attendance and engagement. "We need to make sure every school district has the tools they need," he said.

News5 Investigates: State Health Dept. hides statistics and data during COVID-19 pandemic

News5 Investigates has found the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) hiding data pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.

Every day, the State Health Department releases various coronavirus statistics to keep us all informed. This data includes numbers for daily testing, deaths and hospitalizations.

A few months ago, News5 Investigates started asking for more specific data on ICU bed counts and capacity numbers for hospitals in southern Colorado.

Hospitals didn't want to give us their daily statistics, and CDPHE decided to hide the raw data from us by denying a records request we submitted.

We know the data exists, but the State doesn't believe you have a legal right to see the raw data they use to then publish their information online.

ICU bed counts and capacity numbers are supposed to be reported daily to the state. We also know this information is filtered through the Colorado Hospital Association, or CHA.

President Trump and first lady test positive for the coronavirus

President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

He was hospitalized Friday evening after making the announcement.

Dr. Sean Conley said Sunday that Trump is doing well enough that he might be sent back to the White House in another day -- even as he announced the president was given a steroid drug that’s only recommended for the very sick.

El Paso County sees 'concerning rise' in incidence rate of COVID-19

After a rise in the incidence rate of COVID-19 in the county, health officials are warning that the county's status could be at risk if the numbers continue as they are.

The county tweeted Monday afternoon that, according to the El Paso County Health Department, the rate has risen 36.9% over the last two weeks and that "this concerning rise endangers our county's standing in 'Safer at Home Level 1.'"

The incidence rate is the number of positive cases out of every 100,000 cases in a two-week period. As of Sept. 25, there were 73.4 cases per 100,000.

Schools face major budget shortfalls due to enrollment drops as funding deadline approaches

While schools have been back in session for about a month or so, leaders in districts across the country are finding fewer students have returned. Now, districts in Colorado could face some major money shortfalls if students don't enroll quickly.

"It's a national crisis of, where are students? They're not coming back to school, all of them," Harrison School District 2 co-superintendent Wendy Birhanzel said.

The Preview

The Rebound Colorado

On Monday, we resume our Rebound series as we work to come back from the pandemic in southern Colorado.

Elizabeth Watts will introduce you to some non-profits that are navigating these trying times. She'll show you have they have had to pivot their fundraising efforts with large gatherings off the table.

Then on Tuesday, Patrick Nelson will show you a big family restaurant that is back open for business. He'll also show you how Chuck E. Cheese is on the rebound.

On Thursday, Patrick will bring you some expert advice on how to manage energy costs as we transition from summer into the winter months.


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