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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved a variance for El Paso County that allows for more people in indoor and outdoor businesses.

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Pikes Peak Community College plans to resume in-person classes in a little less than two months for the fall semester.

The college will continue to offer online opportunities and pilot hybrid in-person and digital classes.

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Poets and writers are adapting to a new reality in quarantine, where writing groups are hosted on Zoom and community open mics have gone virtual. 

KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three poets from Poetry 719, a community poetry organization in Colorado Springs, on what creating during a pandemic has looked like for them and how it has changed their work.

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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to continue following social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that will be a hit with the kids.


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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks. This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that could not be more different.

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Some schools have shifted to virtual events and even parades to honor 2020 grads, but some mental health providers in local health systems are concerned that the emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on high school seniors may be delayed.

KRCC’s Abigail Beckman spoke with Dr. George Brandt, a child and adolescent psychiatrist within Centura Health, about what this could mean in the coming months.
 

Highlights from the interview:

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve announced a phased opening starting June 3. The park has been closed to visitors since mid-April due to health concerns amid the new coronavirus pandemic. 

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Sun. June 7, 5:00 p.m.

---Latest Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 28,001 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

A picture of a blue lake with tall trees surrounding it.
Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more, but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares a place to relax near a pond and a space to see horseback riding skills in person.

This post will be updated throughout the week.

Update: Sunday, May 31, 4:30 p.m.

An additional 280 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Colorado, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment, bringing the total to 26,378. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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Colorado State Fair officials are considering what this year's event could look like if they can't carry out the competitions, carnivals, concerts and other showcases that attract hundreds of thousands to Pueblo every summer.

A dirt trail surrounded by trees.
Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As the state eases restrictions and summer comes into full view, we're wanting to get outside more and more--but we also need to avoid overcrowding popular spaces and maintain a safe distance from others.

That's why we're introducing a new weekly series called Nature's Neighborhood. Every week, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition will highlight some lesser known parks, trails and walking areas in the Pikes Peak region.

Courtesy of Bent County Public Health

UPDATE--Friday, May 22:

In an update on Friday, May 22, Bent County Public Health Executive Director Omer Tamir said the agency has concluded its investigation.

The individual at the care center tested positive on May 15, and upon a second test on May 18, tested negative.

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After a state representative and a rural county coroner raised questions about the way Colorado is reporting COVID-19 deaths, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment said Friday it has changed its practices.

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This post will be updated throughout the week.

Updated: Sun., May 24, 4:30 p.m.

---Latest Data Shows More Than 24,170 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are more than 21,170 known positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with those who tested positive and exhibited symptoms.

Billed as the oldest operating hotel in West Yellowstone, Mont., the Madison is a short hop from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. With its original pine log siding and thick wood beams, the historic hotel sits on a street squeezed with camera stores and trinket shops hawking Old Faithful t-shirts, wooden grizzly bears carved by chain saws and paintings of the iconic Yellowstone Falls.

Normally these sidewalks beneath the old western facade would be humming with tourists. But obviously nothing about anything we're living through is normal.

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Updated: Sun., May 17 4:30 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 21,938 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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Update: 4:05 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 21,232 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously supported a plan with strict rules to allow in-person dining at restaurants.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:10 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 20,837 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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Updated 4:30 p.m.

---Latest Statewide Data Shows More Than 20,470 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

There are 20,475 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have exhibited symptoms, as well as having close contact with someone who tested positive.

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Colorado's government faces a $3.3 billion shortfall for the fiscal year that begins in July, according to a new state economic forecast. 

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The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management is collecting data to help inform them on what's needed for businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations in El Paso County as they look to recover from impacts from the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Grim Business Of State Budget Cuts Under Coronavirus Has Begun

May 12, 2020
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Democratic State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger paused in her car, staring at the grey stone of the Legislative Services Building in downtown Denver before another all day meeting on Thursday. 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Updated: 4:15 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 20,157 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

Gov. Jared Polis, calling the restaurant an "immediate health hazard," has suspended the restaurant license of C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen in Castle Rock, a day after a video showing a packed dining room in defiance of public health rules.

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May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Colorado and officials are encouraging folks to better prepare their homes and communities for fire danger as first responders are also challenged by the pandemic.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:15 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 19,879 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:20 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 18,827 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

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