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

The Review & Preview: What Southern Coloradans need to know about COVID-19 this week
Posted at 5:55 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 08:19:13-04

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

The week that was showed that COVID-19 positivity rates across the state remain just above three percent, still below that critical five percent margin. Governor Jared Polis is urging people to get tested, thereby taking advantage of more opportunities and locations. There's also good news in the fact that hospital capacity continues to trend downward. CLICK HERE FOR THE COLORADO DATA DASHBOARD

Despite this data, the executive order for masks in public places was extended to October 12.

The big story was the back and forth between Governor Polis and the Colorado High School Sports Association over whether to bring football back in the fall. The two sides huddled on Friday to see if some variance restrictions could be revised to allow football. At the same time, parents and student-athletes protested at various locations across the state, including Colorado Springs.

We also heard from the state labor department which uncovered an intricate and widespread scam to steal unemployment benefits tied to COVID-19. Some 48,000 cases were flagged due to new protocols, which saved millions of dollars, but not before the scammers were able to cash in to the tune of around $40 million. READ MORE

We continue to see sporadic cases of quarantines and isolations as schools move forward with in-person and hybrid plans. Some local districts are planning to ramp up in-person learning in the next two weeks.

The Preview

Looking ahead to this week, News5 is launching a new tv lineup and an hour-long 4pm newscast every Monday-Friday. Join me, Elizabeth, Alasyn Zimmerman and new reporter Ashley Portillo as we bring you the day's headlines with a focus on our communities. We'll also bring you daily in-depth reporting and special reports from News5 Investigates. READ MORE ON OUR LINEUP CHANGES

On Monday night, the Denver Broncos kick off this unusual NFL season at home with their matchup against the Tennessee Titans. No fans will be allowed in the stands. However, there is a plan to allow a limited number of people in the stadium for the week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. READ MORE

El Paso County Commissioners will meet this week to vote on adopting a resolution to extend the local disaster declaration related to the impacts of COVID-19.

News5 Investigates brings you a report on allegations of abuse of power by local law enforcement. No crime was committed, but one person went to jail as a result.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will deliver his state of the city address on Thursday.

We are moving forward in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. We are making progress, but we need to continue to safeguard ourselves and others. As we keep the numbers trending down all of us can contribute to The Rebound Colorado.
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