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:
On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis officially extended the state’s mask mandate until September.
The governor clarified the order to exempt individuals performing ‘life rites,’ including wedding ceremonies, graduations, funeral services, baptisms, bris ceremonies and other religious ceremonies.
The original mandate went into effect at midnight on July 16.
To read the full mandate, please click here.
The El Paso County Public Health Department has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Sand Creek Division after three employees tested positive for the virus.
EPCPH defines an outbreak as "two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, with evidence of transmission within the facility.”
As of Friday, the spread has been contained to the Sand Creek Division’s Investigations Unit and the employees who tested positive are recovering well.
CSPD says that operations will continue as normal and they are not expecting any staffing shortages or challenges as a result of this outbreak.
A new testing site was opened at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials are urging those who used the new Citadel Mall COVID-19 test site Tuesday to retest at that location due to "possible temperature control inconsistencies of testing samples."
Officials said over 300 samples were completed on Tuesday, which was the first day the site opened. El Paso County Health and the Pikes Peak Office of Emergency Management opened the drive-thru testing site on the south side of Citadel Mall, in the parking lot next to JCPenney.
The site is offering free testing and has four lanes, including one for oversized vehicles. As with many other testing sites, people will be asked to stay in their vehicles while health professionals administer the test.
The Mountain West Conference officially canceled its fall sports season on Monday due to player health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.
The league presidents voted Monday to become the second FBS conference to cancel all fall sports.
Locally, that means Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming and Colorado College will all be affected by this decision.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences officially announced on Tuesday that they've postponed their upcoming 2020-21 college football season, which also includes all fall sports, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both conferences are keeping the option of playing in the spring a possibility.
Pac-12 said in a press release that when conditions improve, they'll consider a return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021.
This week marks the return to school for some local districts.
Most are implementing on-line learning or a hybrid model to start the year.
Students will return to UCCS and CSU Pueblo this week as well.
On Tuesday, we resume our Rebound series as we work to come back from the pandemic in southern Colorado.
Tuesday we'll have a report on managing our social media and mental health and how we can all make our feeds a better place.
On Thursday, we'll have the story of a recent high school grad who is now offering her expertise on tutoring for those at lower socioeconomic levels.
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