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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Original Post: Mon., May 25:

---Latest Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 24,174 known confirmed 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.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

Colorado State Fair officials are considering what this year's event could look like if they can't carry out the competitions, carnivals, concerts and other showcases that attract hundreds of thousands to Pueblo every summer.

A dirt trail surrounded by trees.
Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As the state eases restrictions and summer comes into full view, we're wanting to get outside more and more--but we also need to avoid overcrowding popular spaces and maintain a safe distance from others.

That's why we're introducing a new weekly series called Nature's Neighborhood. Every week, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition will highlight some lesser known parks, trails and walking areas in the Pikes Peak region.

Courtesy of Bent County Public Health

UPDATE--Friday, May 22:

In an update on Friday, May 22, Bent County Public Health Executive Director Omer Tamir said the agency has concluded its investigation.

The individual at the care center tested positive on May 15, and upon a second test on May 18, tested negative.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

After a state representative and a rural county coroner raised questions about the way Colorado is reporting COVID-19 deaths, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment said Friday it has changed its practices.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Updated: Sun., May 24, 4:30 p.m.

---Latest Data Shows More Than 24,170 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are more than 21,170 known positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with those who tested positive and exhibited symptoms.

Shealah Craighead / www.spaceforce.mil

Colorado Springs' Peterson Air Force Base will remain the home of U.S. Space Command for at least six more years.

The selection puts to rest, at least in the short term, a battle between cities across the nation jockeying for a piece of the military's nascent Space Force.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Updated: Sun., May 17 4:30 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 21,938 known confirmed 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.

Courtesy of Joy Armstrong / Inside Out Youth Services/United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire

Due to the new coronavirus, schools across southern Colorado have cancelled end-of-year events like prom and moved graduation services online. One organization in Colorado Springs has shifted their annual prom for LGBTQ youth into the digital space on Saturday, May 16.

This post will be updated throughout the day.

Update: 4:05 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 21,232 known confirmed 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.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously supported a plan with strict rules to allow in-person dining at restaurants.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:10 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 20,837 known confirmed 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.

Courtesy of Peterson Air Force Base

The leader of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs has passed away.

Col. Thomas G. Falzarano took over command of the Wing during June 2019. During his tenure, he worked with around 4,300 professionals across the globe on missile defense and space control for combat forces, among other responsibilities.

ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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Updated 4:30 p.m.

---Latest Statewide Data Shows More Than 20,470 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

There are 20,475 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have exhibited symptoms, as well as having close contact with someone who tested positive.

Mike Procell / 91.5 KRCC

As the state slowly reopens, projects underway before the COVID-19 crisis have to pass the new budget realities at all levels of government. 

Recently, Colorado's Joint Budget Committee sat down to start debating upwards of $3 billion dollars in cuts. That has led some people in Southern Colorado to try and figure out when one favorite project will move forward - the development and opening of the new state park at Fisher's Peak. 

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

Colorado's government faces a $3.3 billion shortfall for the fiscal year that begins in July, according to a new state economic forecast. 

Courtesy of the Downtown Partnership

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management is collecting data to help inform them on what's needed for businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations in El Paso County as they look to recover from impacts from the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Grim Business Of State Budget Cuts Under Coronavirus Has Begun

May 12, 2020
Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

Democratic State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger paused in her car, staring at the grey stone of the Legislative Services Building in downtown Denver before another all day meeting on Thursday. 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Updated: 4:15 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 20,157 known confirmed 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.

Gov. Jared Polis, calling the restaurant an "immediate health hazard," has suspended the restaurant license of C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen in Castle Rock, a day after a video showing a packed dining room in defiance of public health rules.

Photo Courtesy of Kara Ryan

May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Colorado and officials are encouraging folks to better prepare their homes and communities for fire danger as first responders are also challenged by the pandemic.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:15 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 19,879 known confirmed 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.

John Minchillo / AP

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update: 4:20 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 18,827 known confirmed 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.

With all that's going on in the world right now, we wondered what life experience and family history might be able to tell us. As part of KRCC's Shortening the Distance project, producer Shanna Lewis got in touch with historian Carolyn Newman. She's 88 years old and has lived in the same house in Walsenburg for 60 years. 

A picture of a garden with white trellises with masks.
Courtesy of Cathleen Meadows

During this time of social distancing, finding ways to stay connected to the people in our lives is essential. Our project, "Shortening the Distance," focuses on how the people in our community are reaching out to their neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Update-4:40 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 18,371 known confirmed 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.

Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf / U.S. Air National Guard

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Update: 4:15 p.m.

---Updated Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 17,830 known confirmed 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.

A picture of Cynthia Bullock, executive director of the organization, wearing a white face mask and blue gloves, assembling packages of cat food over a black card table.
Courtesy of Cynthia Bullock / Harley's Hope Foundation

Colorado Pet Pantry has 60 monthly pet food sites across the state to help pet owners access food and supplies. Executive Director Eileen Lambert said the organization's mission is even more essential as people's economic situations shift due to the new coronavirus pandemic. 

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