COVID-19

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Update - 4:40 p.m.

Colorado COVID-19 Cases Now 2,000+

The number of known positive cases of the new coronvirus in Colorado is now 2,061. Officials are reporting 44 deaths. There are 274 hospitalizations.

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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

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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.

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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.

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El Paso County

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

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On a recent cold and rainy morning at Zion National Park in Southern Utah, Andrew Smith and Blake Cubria throw a blue tarp on top of their tent to keep the water out. They’re in the midst of an impromptu vacation out West that began after they both lost their restaurant jobs in Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A group of medical students is holding a donation drive for personal protective equipment or PPE in Colorado Springs. All donated supplies will go to El Paso County Emergency Management for distribution to local health care professionals as part of nationwide effort to redirect unused medical supplies.

Sometime around Valentine's Day, a box arrived at a lab on the western edge of Fort Collins, Colorado. It contained vials full of coronavirus and it was just what Lindsay Hartson and her colleagues had been waiting for.

"We were really excited because it meant we could start doing the work," said Hartson.

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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. 

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.

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The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is changing the way it conducts traffic stops in an effort to protect both officers and the public as the outbreak of the new coronavirus continues.

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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.

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Gov. Jared Polis today ordered non-essential businesses to reduce the number of people physically present in the workplace by 50 percent, and more if possible.

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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.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has — so far — resisted ordering a statewide shelter-in-place (like California and Illinois) or shutting down all nonessential businesses (like New York) to slow the spread of 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.

Courtesy of Steve Wooten

People throughout the state of Colorado are dealing with the impact of the new coronavirus in different ways. For many, it presents new economic questions.

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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.

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Haircuts, tattoos, massages and manicures are all the latest victims of the coronavirus.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment added them on Thursday to an existing order that's closed restaurants, bars, theaters, and more across the state. That order was also extended through April 30. 

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

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.

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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.

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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.
 

Officials are stepping up their warnings to younger Americans about the coronavirus, because they can more easily spread the virus without having symptoms and now because new evidence shows the potential for some younger people to suffer severely from it.

David Zalubowski / AP

Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order Wednesday evening closing all of the state's schools from March 23 to at least April 17 to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department will start a new screening process for people they encounter through emergency calls who may have COVID-19. The goal is to have people manage their symptoms at home, if at all possible.

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. 
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As the graph below shows, the number of COVID-19 cases reported by public health agencies in the Mountain West is climbing. But what do those numbers actually say? 

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Update 5:14 p.m.

The state reports there are now 216 known positive cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 33. There are eight in El Paso County and one in Pueblo County.

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