El Paso County, Colo.-- As a coordinated response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, El Paso County Public Health, El Paso County, and the City of Colorado Springs will provide updates from a variety of local agencies responding to this health emergency.
Media are encouraged to share the below information with the public and media interviews are available. This communication will go out between noon and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Joint Information Center Media Line
To help ensure a timely response for Joint Information Center staff, the media are encouraged to submit media requests either through the JIC media line (719) 299-7700 or to the communications staff for the appropriate agency.
COVID-19 Expanded Testing for Symptomatic Individuals
UCHealth, in coordination with El Paso County Public Health, has expanded testing guidelines at its drive-through tent located at South Parkside Drive/KidsKare Point, one block east of Memorial Park. Hours for the drive-through site are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
COVID-19 testing will now be provided to any individual experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last 3-5 days. No doctor’s note required.
Testing at Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Beginning today, Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Peak Vista) is providing a drive-through community COVID-19 testing site for symptomatic individuals 12 years of age and older. No appointment or doctor referral is required to receive testing. The testing site is located at Peak Vista’s Academy Campus, located at 3205 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917.
Testing hours today, April 17, are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South parking lot (enter through Village Rd S). Based on test availability, the regular hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to enroll as a new patient, please visit peakvista.org or call directly at (719) 632-5700.
For media requests, please contact Kelly Utermoehlen, Director of Communications, at (719) 290-7054.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are those of an acute respiratory infection or influenza-like illness. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and body aches. Other less common symptoms could include headache, confusion, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of smell.
Show of Support for Air Force Academy Graduates and COVID Responders
The Air Force Thunderbirds will be showing their support and appreciation for healthcare workers, first responders, military members, and other essential personnel with a series of community flyovers following graduation Saturday.
The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is encouraging community members to show their support for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 2020 by displaying an American flag in their front yard through Saturday, April 18, and taking a selfie with it. Then share the photo to social media using #USAFAGrad2020 and tag the below handles. Share a congratulatory message and help the cadets celebrate their big day. Media requests contact Dani Barger at the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC at (319) 270-3420 or [email protected].
Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging offers Resources and Tips for Older Adults
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments houses a variety of programs, including the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The AAA provides information, resources, and services to older adults. Our services provide support through Senior Insurance Assistance (SHIP), Family Caregiver Support Center, Information and Assistance, and Ombudsman.
The PPACG website offers tips and resources for seniors in several areas to include financial assistance, health care, activities, caregiver resources and emotional well-being at http://www.ppacg.org/covid-19-updates/.
Media interested in covering services provided through the AAA and tips for caregivers of seniors, please contact Jessica McMullen at [email protected] or call (719) 231-8365.
Business Relief Grants available for Downtown Colorado Springs Businesses
The Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority announced the creation of a $400,000 Small Business Relief Fund (CSDDA Relief Fund) to provide grants to eligible storefront businesses in Downtown Colorado Springs. Applications are now open and the deadline for submission is 5 p.m., April 22, 2020.
The goal is to provide near-term financial relief to these businesses. Restaurants, soft goods retailers, art galleries, coffee shops, and salons within the DDA boundaries are some of the business types eligible to apply for a grant. Grants of $2,500 to $25,000 will be available to certain types of storefront businesses located within the boundaries of the DDA.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. MT April 22, 2020, and will be evaluated by a review committee of community members; recommendations will be sent to the DDA Board of Directors, which will make final determinations. Due to limited resources, not all applicants may be funded. Grant award announcements are anticipated by mid-May. Full details on eligibility and application process can be found at www.DowntownCS.com/DDAbizRelief.
Reliable Information Sources
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Current information on the number of COVID-19 cases in El Paso County
El Paso County Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
City of Colorado Springs: Coloradosprings.gov/covid19
State of Colorado: https://covid19.colorado.gov/