Guidelines for returning to normal
Last updated 4/22/2020 at 1:02pm
I hope all are well today. I wanted to provide an update on the ending of the Governor's Stay at Home executive order on April 26, as well as information on expanded local testing options and a note from our County Clerk and Recorder.
This past Monday the Governor confirmed the expiration of his Stay at Home order for this Sunday, April 26. Although the order concludes this weekend, he indicated there would be a "phased approach" to the community and the opening of certain businesses. An example of the Governor's phased approach is opening of retail stores initially for curb-side pickup/delivery and delay of full reopening of restaurants for another couple of weeks (curbside pickup and deliver will continue). Please visit our website for additional details and specifics of his guidance this coming week. A few additional examples of the Governor's phased approach after the 26th include the below (this list is not all inclusive):
- "Strong protections" for vulnerable populations
- Strongly advised face coverings in public
- No gatherings of more than 10 people
- Sick people may not go to work
- No unnecessary travel
- Focus on telecommunicating
Also, for those who require COVID-19 testing, two locations have expanded to allow testing for all individuals who are experiencing symptoms, regardless of age. UC Health, in coordination with El Paso County Public Health, has expanded testing guidelines at its drive-thru tent located at South Parkside Drive/KidsKare Point, one block east of Memorial Park. Testing now is provided to any individual experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last three to five days. The test site operated by UC Health is FREE. It offers testing at 175 S. Union Blvd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Additionally, Peak Vista is also expanding testing availability for the community. The Peak Vista test site will be open as long as testing supplies and personal protective equipment, such as masks, are available. Individuals at the Peak Vista drive-thru will be asked to provide ID and insurance information or can pay on a sliding fee scale. The Peak Vista site will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday at 3205 N. Academy Blvd.
Additionally, El Paso County Health reminds everyone to always rely on credible and official news sources and agencies regarding COVID-19. Two local sources of information include the Public Health page at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/services/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 or go to our main page at www.elpasoco.com.
Finally, our El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office is strongly encouraging voters to plan ahead for the June 30 Primary Election, particularly if you desire to avoid voting in person as a health precaution. Voters should use online services to avoid in-person contact once offices reopen. Please check that your voter record is up to date, make necessary changes, or register to vote. The Secretary of State's website is www.GoVoteColorado.gov.
God bless and have a nice week.