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ANDEW HARNICK / CDC/AP

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--Latest State 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 Tues., March 31, and 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 positively and exhibited symptoms.

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.

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.

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.

A picture of the El Paso County Department building from the outside, which houses the Human Services department.
El Paso County

Organizations providing resources for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse have had to change their practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Ken Lund / Flickr

Colorado became the 22nd state in the nation to abolish the death penalty when Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislature's repeal into law on Monday.

The death penalty is still on the books in every other state in the Mountain West except New Mexico. But University of Colorado-Boulder sociology professor Mike Radelet thinks that could change. 

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.

David Zalubowski / AP

Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday March 23, that he had signed the bill to abolish the death penalty, and would commute the sentences of the three men on Colorado's death row to life in prison without parole.

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. 

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
Springs Rescue Mission

Homeless shelters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo are working to serve vulnerable populations even as their own funding and capacity is strained due to 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.

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