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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our community from a physical, emotional and economic perspective.

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas honors the work of public and community health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This editorial appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette on June 24, 2020.

Since early April, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation and El Paso County Public Health have been working together to balance public health concerns with economic health concerns in our community. Together, we developed the "We're Staying Safe" signs for businesses to post to notify customers that they are complying with state and local health guidelines. Look for these signs when you enter businesses — they let you know which businesses are working to keep you safe. You can also help your favorite businesses thrive by following health guidelines yourself. 

This editorial appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette on June 21, 2020.

In 2003, my 3-year-old daughter became very ill. What followed was six months of self-imposed quarantine, financial troubles and nearly losing my child. I know that many of you think that those in the public health field can't possibly understand how difficult all the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have been for you. I assure you, I do understand. 

The Safer at Home phase didn't just happen; it's the result of the hard work and sacrifices we have all made to flatten the curve. While, we're on the right path, doctors and scientists are still working to answer important questions about COVID-19. Your continued patience and cooperation will help us to move out of this pandemic without risking all our gains.

Dr. Charles Benight, a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the head of the new UCCS National Institute for Human Resilience, founded GRIT after a career focused on disaster and trauma recovery. Dr. Benight explains that GRIT takes advantage of our greatest mental health resource: each other. By building off existing bonds between friends, coworkers and family members, the program fosters strength and resilience in the face of adversity.