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:
El Paso County will move into a new level on the state's COVID-19 dial and see further restrictions after continued increases in positive cases.
The county has been sitting at Safer at Home: Level 1 and will now be moving into Safer at Home: Level 2 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, following a conversation with the state health department regarding mitigation efforts.
Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar announced two new directives, including a two-week curfew that goes into effect Friday night to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
The two-week curfew begins at 10 p.m and will go through Friday, Nov. 13, at 5 a.m. The curfew will be between `10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night. He also said the city is stepping up enforcement at local businesses licensed by Pueblo if they are not following public guidelines.
Puebloans can still move freely throughout the city during non-curfew times. Those residents needing essential goods and services and essential workers are exempt from the curfew order.
Fremont County officials issued a public health order Friday that impacts gatherings, sports activities and alcohol sales.
The order states these measures are in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 as the county continues to push its threshold to remain in Safer at Home: Level 1 on the state's COVID-19 dial.
Negotiations for a new federal stimulus package remain underway, but Colorado officials are taking some action now, with Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday announcing a one-time $375 payment to about 435,000 Coloradans impacted financially by the pandemic.
Polis in a news release said the payments will be distributed in early December to "qualifying individuals ... whose lives and jobs have been hurt due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Polis signed an executive order Wednesday, directing the Colorado Department of Labor Employment (CDLE) to make the payments.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says two more deputies and eight inmates have lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. The deputies and inmates have been isolated and all employees and inmates, who have had direct or indirect contact, or other work-related contact have been contacted and/or notified.
On Monday, The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three weeks.
The sheriff's office has quarantined any other inmates housed with the positive inmates and will test any who are or become symptomatic. Currently, there are five wards quarantined.
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