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Air Force Academy closed to visitors as coronavirus concerns increase

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Posted at 8:25 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 10:45:51-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. Air Force Academy is temporarily closing its gates to visitors starting Friday at 5 p.m. The Academy says this is a "precautionary measure" as the spread of COVID-19 continues.

The Academy reiterated there are no confirmed cases at the campus, but these steps will be taken as they evaluate the situation as time goes on. On-base residents, Air Academy High School students and faculty, Department of Defense ID card holders or anyone "conducting official business" will not be impacted.

This news comes one day after the announcement of the Academy saying they will play their games as scheduled this weekend without spectators. Only essential personnel and limited family members will be allowed to attend the contests.

Colorado's number of presumptive positive coronavirus cases is now up to 33 including one right here in El Paso County. All of these cases are presumptive until the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can independently confirm them.