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Chrisitan Murdock / The Gazette

Speaking to a class of nearly 1,000 graduating cadets spaced precisely eight feet apart on the U.S. Air Force Academy's parade field, Vice President Mike Pence said the nation looks to the military for confidence during times of strife.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update - Sunday, 4:00 p.m.

There are known confirmed 9730 cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That's an increase of 297 cases since yesterday. 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.

NPS/Patrick Myers / National Park Service

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Update-7:10 p.m.

---Long-Term Care Facilities To Develop Isolation Plans---

As part of his regular updates on the state response to COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis Friday announced that he and the state health department are requiring long-term care facilities to develop detailed isolation plans by May 1.

A picture of staff members from Inside/Out Youth Services behind a colorful rainbow background. Jessie Pocock, the director, is far left wearing a dark shirt, while the other three staff members are wearing white shirts.
Jessie Pocock / Inside/Out Youth Services

Almost overnight, the novel coronavirus has changed the way people provide community support. KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three people in Southern Colorado about how their jobs have changed and about their concerns for the vulnerable populations they serve.


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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---Coronavirus Cases In Colorado Now Total 8,675---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports a total of 8,675 known positive COVID-19 cases in the state. Those numbers include people who tested positive and people who were in contact with someone who tested positive who also have virus symptoms.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update-4:10 p.m.

---Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority Offers Grants---

Grants ranging from $2500 to $25,000 are now available to small storefront businesses within the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority.

Courtesy of Brandon Lyons

The city of Colorado Springs is gathering reflections from community members on their personal connections to Pikes Peak. It's part of a campaign called "My Mountain" leading up to completion of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex next year. The city has shared audio versions of several stories with 91.5 KRCC, which we are editing for broadcast. In this audio postcard, we hear from Brandon Lyons, a paralympian who lives and trains in Colorado Springs.

Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs

Urban forests are considered to be a key part of a sustainable city. They include the trees along streets, in parks, open spaces, backyards, and across the city. For Colorado Springs that’s hundreds of thousands of trees.

The City Forestry division is in the process of creating a strategic vision for Colorado Springs’ urban forest and they want to hear from residents. It's called the Urban Forest Management Plan.

David Zalubowski / AP

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---Number of COVID-19 Cases In Colorado Rises To Nearly 8,000---

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows nearly 8,000 known positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. These numbers include both positive tests and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and are showing signs of the virus.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update-8:15 p.m.

---Pueblo D70 Suspends Meal Program---

Pueblo School District 70 is suspending its school lunch program for two weeks after a food service worker was possibly exposed to COVID-19. 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Reports Over 7,300 Cases of COVID-19 in the State

There are over 7,300 confirmed known 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.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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New Numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado Show Close to 7,000 Cases

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows close to 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state. 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.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update-4:37 p.m.

---Colorado Orders More Than $46 Million In Medical Supplies---

The Colorado Unified Command Group has ordered more than $46 million worth of medical supplies to help meet needs from the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Zalubowski / AP

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Update-4:11 p.m.:

---Updated Data From The State---

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows 6202 known cases of COVID-19 in the state. That includes both positive tests and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

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.

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