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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.

The remains of an 11-year-old boy missing from Colorado Springs may have been found in Florida. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says they were contacted by authorities near Pensacola, Florida on Wednesday about the discovery of a deceased juvenile. An autopsy performed there tentatively identified the remains as those of Gannon Stauch.

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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. 

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Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, blood drives on campuses and corporate offices across the Mountain West have been cancelled. That's led to a "severe blood shortage."

Courtesy Grand River Meals on Wheels

As the Mountain West braces for more coronavirus cases, one community service has become even more vital: Meals on Wheels.

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

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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.

Coronavirus In Colorado: March 17 Updates

Mar 17, 2020
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Update 5:00 p.m.

Colorado now has 183 positive cases of the new coronavirus, up 23 from yesterday. Officials say 1,790 people have been tested and 19 counties are affected. There are two reported fatalities.

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Thousands of Mountain West residents who were slated to be kicked off food stamps will retain access to benefits next month. That's after a federal judge blocked a Trump administration rule mandating work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Monday ordered the closure of dine-in services at restaurants and bars throughout the state as he continues efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Update - 5:00 p.m.

The state health department says there are 29 new positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado, bringing the total to 160. There is no county data available yet to show where those cases are located. 

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Update - 5:00 p.m.

In order to help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, the state health department "strongly recommends" that anyone who lives in or visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties within the past week should minimize contact with other people, regardless of symptoms or a lack of symptoms. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is engouraging this action for two weeks, regardless of any symptom development.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

The state health department on Saturday announced 24 more presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in Colorado to 101. 

Legislature Takes Historic Pause Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Mar 14, 2020
Kevin J. Beaty / Denverite

The Colorado legislature has officially suspended its work for at least two weeks, amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. In a historic first for the state, the House and Senate approved the temporary halt to their work on a voice vote. 

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An El Paso County woman who tested positive for the new coronavirus has died. State health officials say the woman was in her 80s with underlying health conditions.

UCHealth is opening a regional drive-up testing site for suspected COVID-19 cases in Colorado Springs. The location east of Memorial Park will be open weekdays to those with a referral from a provider. It is not open to the general public.  

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A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition spotlights the severe lack of affordable housing in parts of the Mountain West.

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Many institutions in Southern Colorado are altering plans and schools are beginning to transition to online or distance learning as a result of the spread of COVID-19. This list is not exhaustive, and parents/guardians should check the websites of each individual school district for additional guidence.

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Gov. Jared Polis spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the state’s continuing efforts to contain the novel coronavirus.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is moving to remote learning after its upcoming spring break, with on-campus classes slated to resume in mid-April. 

Teams around the world -- including at least two labs in the Mountain West -- are racing to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus. 

A group at Colorado State University is working on ways to inactivate the virus, which is one option for developing a vaccine. 

Colorado College is asking students to stay off campus until mid-April amid the spread of the new coronavirus. The school announced Tuesday that it is extending its spring break by one week and will resume classes using distance learning.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning as the number of identified coronavirus cases grows throughout the state. 

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