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

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 08:12:55-04

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

Boulder 18 to 22 gathering ban, indicator of broader pandemic issue

A ban on gatherings for young people ages 18 to 22 started in Boulder Thursday. The measure is because of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases around the CU Boulder campus.

It is an aggressive two-week precision strike to cut off the virus. Bringing numbers down quickly would allow students to stay on campus.

The situation in Boulder is happening at other large universities and colleges. It also points to a data trend beyond college campuses. In El Paso County, Colorado, for example, the age group with the highest positive COVID-19 test rate is the 20 to 30 age group. The age group is the least likely to require hospitalization. The greater concern is spreading the disease to higher risk members of the community.

Colorado announces furloughs for state employees making more than $50,000

Colorado on Tuesday announced mandatory furlough days for state employees making more than $50,000 per year, in an effort to address the state's budget shortfall amid the COVID-19 crisis.

State employees who meet the furlough requirement will have to take their furlough before the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Employees who make $50,000.01 to $70,000 will have to take one furlough day. Employees from $70,000.01 to $90,000 will have to take two days. Employees from $90,000.01 to $140,000 will have to take three days, and employees above $140,000 will have to take four days.

CHSAA releases fall football schedule

With great anticipation and intrigue, CHSAA released the football schedule for the 2020 fall season Tuesday afternoon.

After Monday's deadline cleared, 78.99% of schools in the state opted for season "A" with seven local schools deciding to wait until the spring, or season "C."

Both the fall and spring seasons will be structured the same and there will be a champion named in each season, according to CHSAA. The regular season will be a 6 plus 1 hybrid season meaning teams that make the playoffs will play the seventh game as a playoff game. Teams that do not make the playoffs can schedule the seventh game with another non-playoff team.

The playoffs will also feature an 8-team bracket by division, which is set and seeded by the CHSAA Seeding Index. Team schedules will be built out by CHSAA for all schools "due to the short amount of time" before the start of the season.

The Preview

The Rebound Colorado
On Monday, we resume our Rebound series as we work to come back from the pandemic in southern Colorado.

The movie theater industry is having a hard time getting back on its feet. Monday, Elizabeth Watts will speak to a big chain theater and a small local theater. She'll show you the changes they've made and Hollywood is impacting their sales. She'll also tell you when they expect to be back to normal.

On Tuesday, Patrick Nelson is talking about the mental health of doctors working tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic. Physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. Patrick will discuss what's happening to try and break down barriers in getting them the help they may need.

Then on Thursday, Patrick will speak with experts that are looking at how, as a community, we can rebound from the mental health effects of the pandemic. More than half of Coloradans surveyed said the pandemic has affected their mental health.
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