5/1/2020 Pikes Peak Regional Joint Information Center Brief

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

  •  Park Headquarters will open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  •  Park restrooms will begin to open.
  •  County Fairgrounds Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Beginning May 5

  • Fountain Creek and Bear Creek Nature Centers will be open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Access will be limited to nine citizens at one time per the Colorado Safer at Home Order.  No organized programs or activities until further notice.

 Beginning May 9

  • Rainbow Falls Historic Site will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Closures

  • Playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed per the Colorado Safer at Home Order until further notice.
  • Park facility reservations above nine individuals are currently not being accepted through May 27 per the Governor’s Order.

The public is encouraged to visit elpasoco.com for online services, email to  [email protected], or call 719-520-7529.  We will be happy to assist you.

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

Please continue to remind your viewers and readers to always rely on credible and official news sources and agencies. 

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/  

Kim Melchor, Michelle Hewitt, Natalie Sosa
Public Information Officers, Joint Information Center
(719) 299-7700
El Paso County, CO