Elena Rivera

KRCC News Reporter

Elena Rivera is a reporter for 91.5 KRCC. Previously, she worked for Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville, N.C., Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, Ga., and KBIA in Columbia, Mo.

She has won awards from the Missouri Broadcast Association, Kansas City Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists (Region 7) for her work as a morning newscast host, an arts reporter and a podcast producer.

She is originally from Rochester, N.Y., and graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A photo of three kitchen workers wearing yellow safety vests near a metal cart, getting ready to hand out a meal to a family in a white car.
Julie Stephen / Lewis-Palmer School District 38

Around 500 sites across Colorado are offering free and reduced price meals to help feed students while schools shift to distance learning due to COIVD-19. The Colorado Department of Education reports a little over 40 percent of students across the state qualify for the meals. When schools close, these students lose access to consistent and nutritious meals.


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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. 

A headshot of Tatiana Bailey, director of the UCCS Economic Forum.
Tatiana Bailey

Over 3.28 million people filed for unemployment claims last week due to COVID-19, according to a new report by the Department of Labor. It's the biggest increase the department has ever seen. 


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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

This post will continue to be updated throughout the day as developments arise.

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.

A picture of the El Paso County Department building from the outside, which houses the Human Services department.
El Paso County

Organizations providing resources for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse have had to change their practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
Springs Rescue Mission

Homeless shelters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo are working to serve vulnerable populations even as their own funding and capacity is strained due to COVID-19.

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment

Health officials from Pueblo County confirmed a third known COVID-19 case on Friday. The county identified her as female, 48 years old and a resident of Pubelo County. The county also opened a new testing center with the help of the Colorado State National Guard and state health department on Thursday. The mobile testing unit saw over 90 people its first day.

A picture of a medical tent from UCHealth to screen patients for COVID-19.

UCHealth unveiled three new medical tents to screen patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms. UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central’s tent opened on Tuesday, with other tents at Memorial Hospital North and the freestanding emergency clinic in Fountain opening in the future.

The tents are in place to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in waiting rooms, said David Steinbruner, the associate chief medical officer for UCHealth Memorial.

Courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

3/21/20 UPDATE from CPW: Effective March 20, 2020, Colorado State Parks remain open, but all Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and offices will restrict access to the public. Restrictions and closures are subject to change.