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Overview of coronavirus in El Paso County, more recent closures

 

Last updated 3/20/2020 at 3:15pm

NOTE: Please see story posted March 18 with previous list of closures: https://www.epcan.com/story/2020/03/18/news/shutdowns-ordered-amid-covid-19-fears/6888.html

El Paso County Public Health reported the second death from COVID-19 in the county on Thursday. The individual who died was a male in his 60s and was identified as a contact of the previous case, who passed away the previous week.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends, and we are very saddened by this news," said Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director. "Our team, including members of the public health system, are working around the clock to take proactive steps to help limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and we ask that residents join us in doing their part. We know these are difficult times, but we are strong, and we will get through this together."

In addition, six adults at the Laurel Care Manor in Colorado Springs are among the newest to have tested positive in El Paso County.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms or suspect you were exposed, please stay home and avoid contact with others, officials said. Only call your health care provider if your symptoms become more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. If at any time you feel you are having a medical emergency, call 911, and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

Testing will be prioritized for older adults and those with underlying health conditions, those who are hospitalized, and health care workers. At this time, not everyone with symptoms will be tested in an effort to protect our most vulnerable populations and health care, workers.

The following phone numbers and email are recommended for those with

questions.

• Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected]

• Call the local call center at 719-575-8888

CLOSINGS

Gov. Jared Polis has signed several public health orders mandates closures of specific places. On Thursday, he announced a 30-day ban on gatherings of 10 people or more, including sports, churches, and festivals. The order does NOT apply to courts, public transit, grocery stores, and other essential services.

All restaurants, bars, movie theaters, fitness centers, performance venues, and casinos are closed through April.

Delivery, pick-up, takeout and drive-thrus are OK and encouraged.

Pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores and food pantries may remain open.

Many bank lobbies are closed, but drive-up service is available. Check with your specific branch for details.

Polis also restricted "nonessential personal services," to include​​ hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.

Schools -- All K-12 schools in the state will extend their break another two weeks. Widefield and Fountain-Fort Carson students now are slated to return on April 20, pending further decisions. Meals for students are served each weekday. See https://www.epcan.com/story/2020/03/18/news/shutdowns-ordered-amid-covid-19-fears/6888.html for schedule and locations.

City of Fountain

Police: Continue to dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

The El Paso County Communication Center Call Takers (dispatch) will assess each situation as it comes in. If the situation is a crime that is actively occurring and is a risk to persons or property an officer will be dispatched. If it is an incident that is not active and not posing an immediate threat, an officer will reach the caller by phone.

Officers may ask community members to meet them outside of homes and businesses where appropriate in order to practice social distancing.

Officers were issued personal protective equipment, and they may be seen wearing gloves, facemasks, protective eyewear and clothing. This is especially true in medical testing environments and/or in environments known to have increased risk of illness. Officers may ask community members to wear surgical facemasks if they are showing signs of illness.

FPD has temporarily suspended agency tours and ride-along programs.

The Fountain Police Department lobby is closed until further notice. If you have a non-emergency and need to speak with a police officer, please call (719) 390-5555.

Police Services Information

If you need to request a police report, or background check, please go to the Fountain Police Administration Division website, https://www.fountaincolorado.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6004447&pageId=8302660 and under the Police Department page, you will find the report request document. Fill out the form and email it to [email protected]

VIN Verifications -- FPD will not be conducting VIN Verifications until further notice.

Court Ordered Fingerprints -- If you need court-ordered, fingerprints please contact (719) 382-6928.

Registered Sex Offenders --

Please contact Lt. Racine at (719) 323-4250.

Parks & Recreation

The City of Fountain is suspending all Recreation programs, public events, public meetings, and organized facility use. All athletic fields, park bathrooms and water fountains will remain closed at this time.

Visit fountaincolorado.org for more details.

Effective immediately, Ybarra's Boxing Club will close its doors until at least March 31.

The Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum is closed until further notice.

Connections 4 Life Center

The food pantry is stocked and open for business during regular hours with some important changes. They will be conducting business through a drive-up line only. No one will be allowed into the building.

Premade boxes include milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Please look for staff onsite to give you further directions.

"We have taken every precaution and made every effort to make sure that our facility is cleaned and disinfected," a spokesperson said. "All volunteers will handle every box with the utmost care and precaution. We will continue in this manner until further notice."

Parks

Rainbow Falls Historic Site – The spring opening of the Rainbow Falls Historic Site has been delayed. Please check http://www.elpasocountyparks.com for updates.

Fountain Creek Nature Center – Temporarily closed to public access until April 6, with an extension of the closure possible. The trails are still open to the public. All public programs between now and April 6 are canceled.

Contact Fountain Creek Nature Center at 719-520-6745 for more information.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park – While the park remains open for day use, camping, and other recreational activities, staff are following the Center for Disease Control's recommendation to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have cancelled any

scheduled activities and educational programming for the remainder of March.

The park offers a handful of self-guided activities that can still be enjoyed while visiting the park.

Visit the website Geocaching.com and try your hand at locating one of the park's numerous caches. Geocaching uses technology along with your navigational skills to go on a treasure hunt. You can follow the adventures of a traveling "bug," log your own adventures as you go, or collect and replace prized "treasures" from the different cache styles.

Download the free app, Agents of Discovery, to your phone and allow Agent Black Bear to take you on a guided hike to discover the wildlife that calls the park home.

Take our Trail Challenge and attempt to complete all 21.87 miles of trails in the park! Log all trails and earn a Patch. Not enough of a

challenge? Complete 100 miles of trail within the park to earn a Challenge Coin.

Current trail conditions: Recent moisture will result in muddy trails. Please be respectful and stay off trails while they have unfavorable

conditions. Check social media for the latest trail conditions.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

The charity has closed facilities to and made service adjustments in the wake of COVID-19. Services will continue, and the situation will be reassessed at the end of the month based on CDC and government recommendations.

The Marian House Soup Kitchen is closed to congregant dining in accordance with Governor Polis' March 16 directive regarding restaurant service in Colorado. A sack lunch is distributed each day from 11 a.m. to noon. If the community would like to donate items for sack lunches, please deliver them to the dock M – F from 10 – 11 a.m., or order online from businesses such as Amazon and have them delivered. Items needed are: Brown or white paper sandwich bags; plastic grocery bags; plastic spoons; styrofoam containers such as coffee cups with lids (for fruit salad or other liquid foods); granola bars; single-serve chips; peanut butter & jelly; sliced bread; apples and oranges; lunch meat; canned tuna & chicken; mustard & mayo; sandwich bags; nitrile food service gloves in any size.

Marian House Client Services on West Bijou Street is closed to walk-in visitors. Clients should call 719.866.6282 for assistance. Please leave a message. For clients needing mail pickup, and expecting delivery of a birth certificate, driver's license or check, please call 719.866.6435

The Hanifen Employment Center, Community Outreach, food box delivery, hiring events, job fairs, all classes, and all partner agency services including the SET Medical Clinic, the Penrose-St Francis Faith Community Nurse, AspenPointe have been temporarily suspended at the Marian House Complex.

Family Connections at the Helen Hunt Campus (East Moreno Avenue) is working with current clients through telecommunications and an online ordering system for emergency services New emergency assistance inquiries are asked to leave a message at 719.578.1222 with reliable call back or email information or email [email protected] and a Life Coach will contact them within 24 - 48 business hours, Monday - Friday. The children's clothing closet is closed. All early literacy, infant massage, parenting and other classes have been temporarily canceled. Showers, laundry services and COPE assistance are suspended until further notice.

Life Connections Pregnancy Support Services and Counseling Services will continue to work with current clients. If you would like to get

information regarding entering into counseling, please call 719.866.6535 and leave a message.

Family Immigration Services will provide services through counselors working from home. For future appointments, to speak with your counselor regarding current status of your case, or more information, please call 719.866.6515

English as a Second Language classes and Citizenship classes have been temporarily canceled. However, case management will be handled via teleconferencing, phone, text message or email. For appointments, call 719.866.6515.

Polis also restricted “nonessential personal services,” to include​​ hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.

City of Fountain

Police

The El Paso County Communication Center Call Takers (dispatch) will assess each situation as it comes in. If the situation is a crime that is actively occurring and is a risk to persons or property an officer will be dispatched. If it is an incident that is not active and not posing an immediate threat, an officer will reach the caller by phone.

Officers may ask community members to meet them outside of homes and businesses where appropriate in order to practice social distancing.

Officers were issued personal protective equipment, and they may be seen wearing gloves, facemasks, protective eyewear and clothing. This is especially true in medical testing environments and/or in environments known to have increased risk of illness. Officers may ask community members to wear surgical facemasks if they are showing signs of illness.

We have temporarily suspended agency tours and ride-along programs.

Parks Updates

The City of Fountain is suspending all Recreation programs, public events, public meetings, and organized facility use. All athletic fields, park bathrooms and water fountains will remain closed at this time.

Visit fountaincolorado.org for more details.

 

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