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:
Gov. Jared Polis and State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said this past week that Colorado continues to see an increase in the number of hospitalizations. Dr. Herlihy also said we are projected to exceed our ICU capacity by mid-January.
Emergency response agencies in Pueblo are following non-transport protocols as hospitals continue dealing with COVID-19 cases, according to the Pueblo Fire Department. The department said in a Facebook post that these protocols advise patients with mild symptoms to stay home with guidelines on self-care.
El Paso County moved into Level Red: Sever Risk on the state's COVID-19 dial on Friday. Level Red prohibits personal gatherings and means bars remain closed. Restaurants are limited to outside or open-air dining and carry-out, take-out, curbside take-out, and delivery. No indoor dining is allowed. Last call will be at 8 p.m. For more information on Level Red, click here.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Operation Warp Speed has chosen Colorado to participate in a pilot run of the end-to-end logistics readiness test for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The CDC is conducting the test with external partners, Pfizer, McKesson, UPS, and FedEx, as well as ten jurisdictions, including the state of Colorado. Colorado is prepared to receive and distribute COVID-19 vaccine(s) as soon as one becomes available.
Wednesday, Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar signed an extension of the "Home by Ten" emergency curfew. The curfew will now last until 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2021. It is in place daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Looking ahead this week...
Patrick Nelson will have a story about a suspicious mailer that appears to involve "Colorado Citizen" benefits. In reality it's just a front to get names and phone numbers and then bombard you with robocalls and junk mail.
Ashley Portillo will have a story on how volunteer efforts around the holidays are changing because of the pandemic and how one local woman has adjusted and keeps giving back.
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