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

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 07:45:36-05

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

COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort

The first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States headed Sunday from Michigan to distribution centers across the country, with the first shots expected to be given in the coming week to health care workers and at nursing homes.

Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in American history at a critical juncture of the pandemic that has killed 1.6 million and sickened 71 million worldwide.

UCHealth Memorial receives multiple shipments of beds amid COVID-19 pandemic

UCHealth Memorial Hospital received a shipment of 30 rental ICU beds last week to prepare for a possible increase in patients who are admitted to the hospital and need critical care due to COVID-19. In all, the hospital rented 52 ICU beds in recent weeks for a potential surge of patients in the days to come.

ICU beds are different than regular hospital beds because they allow patients to be placed in different positions to help respiratory and circulatory functions.

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC joins coalition supporting statewide '5 Star' plan

The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC announced Tuesday it has joined a statewide coalition to submit its own business plan, falling under the "5 Star" program introduced as a pilot program last month to help keep businesses open with stricter COVID-19 limitations in counties statewide.

Colorado health officials released the draft guidelines in late November that would give businesses, including restaurants, the opportunity to avoid certain COVID-19 restrictions if they are certified through their local health agency. The program would allow restaurants and businesses to open back up, however businesses and restaurants would need to meet certain health and safety guidelines.

First Gentleman Marlon Reis released from hospital, will continue to recover from COVID-19 at home

After being diagnosed with COVID-19 and being admitted to the hospital, First Gentleman Marlon Reis was successfully discharged and returned home Tuesday.

Governor Polis did not experience serious symptoms and will return to the public as soon as doctors clear him to be around others.

The Preview

Many families are struggling with virtual learning. On Monday, Mayo Davison is talking technology issues and how some students are falling behind due to a lack of internet connectivity and proper technology. She'll take a look at what's being done to try and help these students.

On Tuesday, we continue to work to rebound. Elizabeth Watts will bring you the story of a family trying to navigate remote learning with a special needs students. Along with their story, she'll provide resources that are available for families in similar situations.

On Friday, Leticia Stauch is due in court for a status hearing. Her attorneys have tried to delay her latest mental competency evaluation because of COVID-19 in the county jail.

An annual tradition in Colorado Springs, the Bob Telmosse giveaway, is also underway. We'll have more throughout the week as they take donations.

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