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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, Wednesday and Friday.
El Paso County Parks and Facilities begin to reopen next week
Beginning May 4
Beginning May 5
Beginning May 9
The remainder of County parks, trails, and open spaces remain open.
Our highest priority is the health and safety of our citizens and staff. During this time, we remain vigilant in taking steps to make sure your visit to El Paso County Parks and Facilities is safe and enjoyable as possible. Park users are highly encouraged to practice social distancing and wear coverings while enjoying the County park system.
State health department releases data from symptom tracker survey, tracker functionality
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is releasing data from about 1,000 Coloradans who took a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, when people identify that they have symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, cough or fever, the symptom tracker will now offer users text messages that help them manage their symptoms. Texts are only sent to users who consent to receive text messages.
After filling out the symptom tracker and consenting to receive text messages, users will receive text messages daily for seven days asking about their symptoms. From there, they may be connected with information on how to use telehealth to connect with medical advice, or how to access resources that can help manage mental health needs.
To date, about 1,000 Coloradans have filled out the symptom tracker. Aggregate data is available on the symptom tracker dashboard page, which is now linked on the “do you have symptoms?” webpage and atcovid19.colorado.gov. There, you can see anonymized survey responses, including what symptoms people reported and the demographic characteristics of respondents.
The more that Coloradans report their symptoms using this symptom tracker, the more useful the data will be for state and local public health agencies. The tracker will provide local public health agencies with data for their geographic coverage area. This could help public health officials understand when outbreaks are occurring in given locations and, in some cases,follow up with certain individuals who may need additional support. By using
symptom tracker, users consent to share this information with and receive messages from their local public health agency. Data is only shared with CDPHE and the local public health agency for responding to COVID-19.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
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/