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Update--11:25 a.m.:

---Heart Of The Rockies Regional Medical Center Confirms Second Chaffee County Death---

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida has confirmed the second death in Chaffee County as a result of COVID-19.  

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.

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.

“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.

The data is complete through Mon., March 30, and includes people who have had a positive test result, as well as cases where public health officials have determined infection is likely because someone showed symptoms of the disease and had close contact with someone who tested positive. CDPHE says the number of epidemiologically linked cases is a small portion of the reported cases.

In Southern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are the following:

  • El Paso – 286 (+41) 
  • Douglas – 141 (+22)
  • Pueblo – 21 
  • Chaffee – 17 
  • Teller – 7 
  • Elbert – 5 (+1) 
  • Baca – 3 (+2)
  • Costilla – 3 
  • Otero – 3
  • Kit Carson – 2 (+1)
  • Fremont – 2 
  • Huerfano – 1 
  • Crowley – 1 
  • Alamosa – 1
  • Lincoln – 1 
  • Las Animas – 0 
  • Custer – 0 

Morning:

The latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) indicates 2627 known cases of COVID-19 across 47 counties in the state. 414 people are hospitalized and 51 people have died.

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.

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.

John Locher / Associated Press

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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.

John Locher / Associated Press

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.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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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. 

Courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department Facebook page

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.

David Zalubowski / AP

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.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

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.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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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.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

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.

Courtesy Children's Hospital Colorado

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.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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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.

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