Andrea Chalfin

Managing Editor/Fill-In Host

Andrea came to KRCC in 2008 by way of Missouri. She’s responsible for KRCC’s overall news presence, and oversees a cadre of staff, freelancers, and students.  Her award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC. The Ohio native loves music and media, food, and the open road; it’s also not uncommon to see her taking a walk through downtown Colorado Springs.  Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaChalfin or send an email to achalfin@krcc.org Have a press release? Please email news@krcc.org.

David Zalubowski / AP

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Morning:

--Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, And Fuel Church Team Up For Mobile Food---

A partnership between Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, The Salvation Army in Colorado Springs, and Fuel Church will provide food to those in Colorado Springs without access to hot meals.

Pueblo Police Department Watch II & III Watch Commander via Twitter

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Update-4:15 p.m.

---Updated State Statistics---

111 people have now died in Colorado as a result of COVID-19. That's 14 more people who have succumbed to the disease since the day before.

The state now has 4,173 known cases of COVID-19, with 823 hospitalizations. There are currently 27 known outbreaks in residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update: 4:00 p.m.

---Updated State Health Department Numbers Show Nearly 100 Deaths As A Result Of COVID-19---

The state now has close to 100 deaths as a result of COVID-19.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Updated 4:25 p.m.

---Latest Numbers On Known COVID-19 Cases In Colorado---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 3,342 known cases of COVID-19 in the state. This data is through March 31. This represents an increase of 376 cases over the previous report. The number of cases include people who tested positive for COVID-19 and people who public health officials determined were highly likely to have the virus due to their contact with someone who tested positive and exhibits symptoms.

Small businesses in Colorado Springs and El Paso County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for up to $25,000 in funds aimed at providing emergency financial relief.

John Minchillo / AP

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Update: 4:25 p.m.
 

---Afternoon Update From The State Health Department---

The latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) indicates 2966 known cases of COVID-19 across 50 counties in the state. That represents an increase of 339 known cases, and three new counties. 509 people are hospitalized and 69 people have died. There are 16 known outbreaks at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update: 5:40 p.m.
 

---Local, Low Interest Loans Available For Small Businesses---

Small businesses in Colorado Springs and El Paso County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for up to $25,000 in funds aimed at providing emergency financial relief. 

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Updated 4:30 p.m.

The latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 1,734 known cases of COVID-19 in the state. That number includes people who have tested positive as well as those who are highly likely to have the virus based on their symptoms and contact with another person who tested positive.

Gov. Jared Polis via Twitter

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Update 7:30 p.m.
 

---Pueblo Health Officials Announce First Death Associated With COVID-19---

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) is confirming the first death there as a result of COVID-19. In a release, the department says an 81-year-old woman died. No further information was made immediately available.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

The state of Colorado will be under a stay-at-home order, as announced Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis. It will go into effect Thurs., March 26 at 6 a.m. and continue through April 11.

John Locher / Associated Press

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ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Updated 7:58 p.m.:

---Fort Carson Personnel Deploy To Washington State---

More than 300 medical personnel from the 627th Hospital Center based at Fort Carson are preparing to head to Washington to help that state as it deals with COVID-19. 

David Zalubowski / AP

Update- 7:36 p.m.

Peterson Air Force Base has declared a Public Health Emergency. The announcement comes after the base said two people—an active duty service member and a dependent—tested positive for COVID-19. The base says the two cases are unrelated, and both people are quarantined and receiving support and medical care.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update- Sun. March 22, 2020. 4:40 p.m.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) shows nearly 600 known positive cases of the new coronavirus across the state. The data is only complete through Sat., March 21.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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Update - 4:35 p.m.

Colorado ended the day Friday with 86 more confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, making the total 363. Those numbers include 44 hospitalizations in 24 counties. There are four confirmed deaths.

El Paso County now has 27 known cases. Pueblo reported a third case today, but data from the state still reflects two cases there. 

Update -  3:15 p.m.

Woodland Park Drive-Thru COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site Closed  

Teller County Public Health and Environment confirmed the closing of the Woodland Park drive-thru COVID-19 specimen collection site due to a lack of testing supplies and personal protective equipment today.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update: 8:45 p.m.
 

El Paso County health officials say six cases positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Laurel Manor Care. The Colorado Springs facility is a senior living community run by Volunteers of America, though it is unclear if those cases are residents or not.

In a release, El Paso County Public Health Director Susan Wheeler, said they became aware of the cases in late afternoon and "took immediate action… to assess the situation and respond appropriately."

Update - 4:35 p.m.

There are currently 277 positive cases of the new coronavirus in Colorado. Data released from the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) shows 61 new cases — the largest day-over-day increase so far.

The state is reporting 15 cases in El Paso County and 14 in Douglas County. KRCC has confirmed that there are two confirmed cases in Pueblo, although data from CDPHE only shows one. 

The highest rates of infection per 100,000 people are in Eagle, Gunnison and Pitkin counties, respectively.

Update - 12:41 p.m.

A second person in El Paso County has died from the new coronavirus. The public health department identified the death as a man in his 60s who reportedly had contact with the county's first fatality

His passing marks the state's third death from the virus.
 

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update - 5:00 p.m.

The state health department says there are 29 new positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado, bringing the total to 160. There is no county data available yet to show where those cases are located. 

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update - 5:00 p.m.

In order to help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, the state health department "strongly recommends" that anyone who lives in or visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties within the past week should minimize contact with other people, regardless of symptoms or a lack of symptoms. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is engouraging this action for two weeks, regardless of any symptom development.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

The state health department on Saturday announced 24 more presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in Colorado to 101. 

NIAID

An El Paso County woman who tested positive for the new coronavirus has died. State health officials say the woman was in her 80s with underlying health conditions.

UCHealth is opening a regional drive-up testing site for suspected COVID-19 cases in Colorado Springs. The location east of Memorial Park will be open weekdays to those with a referral from a provider. It is not open to the general public.  

NIAID

Many institutions in Southern Colorado are altering plans and schools are beginning to transition to online or distance learning as a result of the spread of COVID-19. This list is not exhaustive, and parents/guardians should check the websites of each individual school district for additional guidence.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is moving to remote learning after its upcoming spring break, with on-campus classes slated to resume in mid-April. 

Colorado College is asking students to stay off campus until mid-April amid the spread of the new coronavirus. The school announced Tuesday that it is extending its spring break by one week and will resume classes using distance learning.

El Paso County Health officials say a man in his 40s with a recent travel history to California is the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the county.

Courtesy Congressional Pictorial Directory

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump in a vote that fell largely along party lines. Representatives from Colorado are no exception.

National Weather Service-Pueblo

Another winter storm is bearing down on Colorado, with winter storm watches, warnings, and winter weather advisories posted throughout the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is encouraging motorists to delay any travel until the storm has moved through.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office

A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted the man accused of plotting to blow up a synagogue in Pueblo on three charges, including the original charge of a federal hate crime.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Drinking water near the U.S. Air Force Academy has tested safe from potentially toxic chemicals. 

Laura Bittner / Flickr/Creative Commons

A tight margin separates the candidates for Manitou Springs mayor. John Graham leads Alan Delwiche by 71 votes. 24 votes separate the yays and nays on Manitou Springs issue 2D aimed at supporting the arts, while voters there have overwhelmingly supported 2E, which is a TABOR retention measure aimed at public improvements.

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