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Last updated 4/8/2020 at 3:57pm

Good morning.  I pray all are well and that you are able to enjoy a nice, if relatively quiet, Easter Sunday. As the weather warms up I want to encourage everyone to remember to be fire safe.  Also, in support of our efforts to better aid residents, the FEMA COVID-19 test site has increased its access to our county’s senior community in need of testing. 

With warming weather comes the start of increased risk for wildfires.  Please be fire wise as we have already seen several red flag, fire day warnings.  Let us remember to practice safe fire habits, create a defensible space and follow Fire Marshal recommendations and restrictions. A great place to start reducing overall fire risk in our community, especially if you live along wildland interface, is by reviewing our County’s fire mitigation page at https://publicworks.elpasoco.com/office-emergency-management/fire-mitigation/.  By cleaning up and maintaining our properties, removing ladder fuels and other combustible objects, a fire can be slowed or even stopped before it spreads to your home. Defensible Space also helps protect firefighters and provides them a place to work.  Creating defensible space around homes is a critical aspect of protecting our communities.

Also, this past weekend, the FEMA-sponsored COVID-19 testing site that is currently providing testing for health care workers and first responders has expanded to provide testing for individuals over 65 years who have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath).  The site will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon - Fri, with the following people encouraged to come get tested:

•    Health care workers; first responders; individuals who are over 65 years and are experiencing symptoms

Additional details on testing:

•   The site is located at 175 S. Union Blvd., in the back parking lot.

•   Individuals only need to bring a picture ID and insurance information if they have it.

•    Qualified individuals will be tested, regardless of insurance status.

•    There is no cost for the testing, and no need to have a doctor’s prescription to receive testing.

•     This is a drive-through site and you will not be getting out of your car.

•   Please do not bring pets or others in your vehicle that will not be getting tested. 

Additionally, our El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office requested we put out an update on their services.  Under new State guidance, the Clerk will temporarily issue remote marriage licenses to couples.  Couples will be required to sign an affidavit and submit this to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in addition to the online marriage application, license fee and any other required supporting documentation.  The license is valid immediately and may be used anywhere in the State of Colorado. 

Couples have until May 31, 2020 in which to use this license before it expires under the governor’s Executive Order (unless it is further amended).  For information contact Recording 719-520-6200 or [email protected] 

Other county recording services are also available while the Clerk’s offices are closed.  People who have documents to record may submit them by mail or drop box.  The mailing address is PO Box 2007, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2007.  The drop box is outside the east entrance of the main office, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road.  The documents should be in a sealed envelope and include contact information.  Copy requests may be submitted via email at [email protected]  

Finally, regarding Motor Vehicle/Driver’s License services, all Coloradans are encouraged to take advantage of the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle’s 35 online services.  Go to mydmv.colorado.gov where you will find, in addition to driver’s license and motor vehicle renewals, many of the most popular services.

God bless, and Happy Easter.

 

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