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 continues to work to try and flatten the curve again. Some of the measures implemented by the Health Dept. are working but the infection rate is still too high. The goal is to get El Paso County at a 5% positivity rate or lower. As of Wednesday, the data dashboard through El Paso County Public Health had reported a 6% positivity rate. For now, the county's variances don't appear to be in jeopardy.
This past week, a number of local school districts pushed back their school starting dates by at least a week. Districts are continuing to work on their plans for in-person and online learning, as well as implementing health and safety protocols inside the building.
The Pueblo City Council voted no this past week on fines or jail time for people who do not follow the mask ordinance.
Council members Lori Winner and Mark Aliff said they feel the action would have been too much to enforce, the jails are at capacity, it would have cost taxpayers to enforce, and they thought a $1,000 fine was too much.
Last call orders will remain in effect in Colorado after a judge sided with Governor Polis’ mandate to stop the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars after 10 p.m.
To the disappointment of many restaurant and bar owners, the governor’s order will remain for another three weeks.
During the announcement of the order on July 21, Governor Polis said when people are out drinking late into the night, social distancing doesn’t remain a priority.
Colorado sports fans are rejoicing as the Rockies, Nuggets, and the Avalanche resumed their seasons. The Broncos are also welcoming players back to the facility. Intensive testing and health protocols are in place.
Monday marks the one-year-anniversary of Devon Bailey's death.
He was killed by Colorado Springs Police in 2019. A grand jury found the officers were justified in the shooting.
A protest is planned near Pulpit Rock from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, we resume our Rebound series as we work to come back from the pandemic in southern Colorado.
Tuesday, Patrick Nelson will show you how you can save money on DIY projects and even get virtual coaching to make sure you get the job done right the first time.
On Thursday, Patrick is talking real estate. The market in Colorado Springs is still hot even without much available online.
Patrick will show you how sellers are being competitive and making big moves and big money and how difficult it can be for buyers trying to find their dream home.
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