With so much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic and breaking news here is a review and preview of what is going on in Southern Colorado:
The Review - Rob Quirk
The week that was providing more encouraging news on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In El Paso County, we hit a new milestone with more than 100,000 vaccines administered and more than 50% of the 70 and up age group has received at least one shot.
We reported this week that both Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy District 20 will begin more in-person learning for the fourth quarter of the school year in mid-March. For D-11, the K-12 grades will go to five days a week in person. D-20 changes mean more in-person learning for middle and high school students.
Both Fremont County and Teller County moved to Level Blue this week on the state's COVID-19 dial as positive cases continue to trend down. There is more availability of vaccines allowing for more capacity inside restaurants, gyms and casinos.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs requested a special variance from the state as part of the five-star program to increase capacity for indoor dining and events once El Paso County moves to Level Blue.
We also learned this week of the death of Woodland Park Mayor Val Carr after a weeks-long fight with COVID-19.
Statewide we are still seeing more deaths, but positive cases continue to trend down along with hospitalizations.
Governor Polis delivered his State of the State address saying the state has a billion-dollar surplus and a lot of the legislative attention will be on financial and tax relief for businesses, as well as education and COVID-19 response.
The Preview - Elizabeth Watts
After a two-week delay due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Pueblo courtroom, the Donthe Lucas murder trial will start once again on Wednesday. He's accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Kelsie Schelling. Our Colette Bordelon will be in the courtroom and will bring us updates on-air and online.
Also on Wednesday, we're taking a deep dive into the world of teen dating violence. If you think it doesn't happen here, think again. Wait until you hear the startling statistics, including how young it can start and find out what's being done to help break the cycle.
We're also keeping track of the state legislature and what laws they're looking to pass and how they would impact you.
These stories and more on News5 this week.
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