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Update-8:42 a.m.:
 

---Chaffee County Reports Third Death As A Result Of COVID-19---

Health officials in Chaffee County are reporting a third death there as a result of COVID-19. According to the health department, the patient was a 96-year-old woman and a resident of Columbine Manor Care Center, which is known to have an outbreak.

A picture of Melody Alvarez, the early literacy senior librarian with the Pikes Peak Library District, holding a book she read during digital storytime.
Melody Alvarez

People working during COVID-19 have rapidly adapted to provide needed services to the community. KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three people working in Southern Colorado on how their jobs have changed since the virus showed up in the state.


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:14 p.m.

---Updated State Data---

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows 5655 known cases of COVID-19 in the state, which includes both positive tests and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

Travis Harvey / Colorado Department of Agriculture

According to a 2019 report by the United States Department of Agriculture, there are more than 69,000 agricultural producers in Colorado. The state's stay-at-home order deemed agriculture an essential business, but many farmers are contending with a radically shifting market.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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---Over A Thousand Hospitalized Due To COVID-19 In Colorado---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released the latest numbers on coronavirus in the state, where over a thousand people have been hospitalized due to the virus. 

AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via AP, Pool

Gov. Jared Polis is extending the stay-at-home order for Colorado until April 26, which is an additional two weeks than the original order. He made the announcement Monday evening in an address to Coloradans. 

Courtesy Dr. Timothy Rummel

Colorado is among the places on the national radar for an emerging surge in possible COVID-19 cases. As of this past weekend, Colorado had seen nearly 5000 known cases, and 140 deaths as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. 

In El Paso County alone, there have been 25 related deaths.

KRCC's Andrea Chalfin recently spoke with Dr. Tim Rummel, a pulmonary critical care doctor at UCHealth, on what it's like as the number of cases continues to grow.

David Zalubowski / AP

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Update 7:05 p.m.:
 

---Gov. Polis Extends Stay-At-Home Order, Says There's A Silver Lining---

Gov. Jared Polis is extending the stay-at-home order for Colorado until April 26, which is an additional two weeks than the original order. He made the announcement Monday evening in an address to Coloradans. 

UCHealth

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Sun., April 5, 6:45 p.m.
 

---Fort Carson Announces Death Of Civilian Worker Due To COVID-19---

Fort Carson announced Sunday that a civilian employee and military retiree has died as a result of complications due to COVID-19. The Mountain Post says the individual had been quarantined since March 19 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 28. 

Michael Elizabeth Sakas / CPR News

In a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus and speed the forthcoming economic recovery, Gov. Jared Polis asked Coloradans to adopt face masks when they leave their home for essential functions.

The Trails and Open Space Coalition

Colorado State Parks remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, as park rangers and community members adapt to social distancing practices.

Jason Hagan, the senior ranger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, said he's seen an  increase in weekday visitors in the past few weeks. While he said he doesn't have specific numbers, more guests visited the park than is normal for March.

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.

Pueblo Police Department Watch II & III Watch Commander via Twitter

Amid a statewide stay-at-home order, beacons of light are shining at night in Pueblo. 

Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs

The City Auditorium in downtown Colorado Springs is being converted to an isolation shelter for people experiencing homelessness who come down with COVID-19. It can house anywhere from 70 to 100 people. 

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.

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.

Governor Jared Polis singled out El Paso County as a place that needs more compliance with the statewide stay-at-home order. The comments came during a press conference Monday when asked about the high number of COVID-19 related fatalities in the county.

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.

“The snow’s going sideways, it’s swirling,” said Billy Barr, from the abandoned silver mine he lives in almost 10,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains.

We’re all social distancing these days, and it’s unclear when exactly that will end. But Barr has been doing this for almost 50 years. He’s the only full-time resident of Gothic, Colorado. 

“I'm the mayor and chief of police,” he said. “I hold elections every year but I don't tell anybody when they are, so it works out really well.”

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.

Courtesy of the Downtown Partnership

Making ends meet has been a challenge for businesses in downtown Colorado Springs as the state faces unprecedented restrictions due to the new coronavirus.

U.S. Forest Service

As the U.S. Forest Service prepares for the wildfire season, it must also confront COVID-19.

Already the agency's put a stop to prescribed burning. And it says it will continue fire suppression and other activities with guidance from the CDC.

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. 

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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Update - Sunday, 4:10 p.m.

State Numbers Show Nearly 250 New Confirmed Cases, Three Additional Deaths

Three additional deaths related to the new coronavirus were reported in Colorado today bringing the total to 47. The number of cases in the state increased to 2,307, up nearly 250 from yesterday.

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. 

Public Information Office / Colorado Springs Police Department

After reviewing the facts surrounding the August 3, 2019 shooting of a Colorado Springs teenager, the FBI says his death was not a violation of constitutional rights.

19-year-old De’Von Bailey was shot by two Colorado Springs Police Officers following a report of a robbery. Body camera footage showed officers questioning Bailey and another man. Bailey ran away as he was about to be searched and appeared to put his hands near his waistband. He was shot three times in the back and once in the arm. Police found a gun in his shorts.

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.

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