5/27/2020 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. 

Children’s Colorado offers resources, information to parents on MIS-C

Most children with COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, are either asymptomatic (meaning they don’t have any symptoms) or have mild infections. Rarely, some children are hospitalized and can get very sick. In some of those cases, doctors are seeing a newly identified condition called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.Doctors do suspect there is a connection between MIS-C and COVID-19; however, information is changing rapidly. If parents have questions about MIS-C, Children’s Colorado is updating this resource with our doctors’ expertise, recommendations and insight regularly:https://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/news/2020/may-2020/multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children/.

If your child has any symptoms of the coronavirus or MIS-C – especially prolonged fever and GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea) – call your doctor's office and they can recommend appropriate care. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911. Hospitals and pediatric care offices are safe to go to at this time. 

Friday small businesses lunch series for set for May 29

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center will host its Friday Lunch Series webinar, “Recruiting and Retaining Employees,” Friday, May 29 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

This event is part of a series of no-cost online webinars designed to help regional small businesses improve recovery and resilience as part of SBDC’s Small Business Response efforts.  

For media requests about the SBDC’s efforts to help small businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Natalie Sosa, El Paso County Public Information at (719) 344-4231.

 

Pikes Peak Region COVID-19 testing sites

Testing is now widely available in El Paso County. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, short-ness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste and smell), visit one of the testing sites below and self-isolate.

Several sites are available for COVID-19 testing. Please visit this link for site specific requirements and information: http://ow.ly/4diS50zwvgE

UCHealth Testing Tent:

175 S.  Union Blvd

Colorado Springs 

Monday-Friday

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Peak Vista Testing Site:

3205 North Academy

Colorado Springs 

Monday-Friday

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Testing Site: 

4125 Briargate Parkway 

(parking lot of Briargate Outpatient and Specialty Care)

Colorado Springs

Open 7 days a week

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Kaiser/CDPHE Sites:

Call for location info 

303-692-2700.

Only for symptomatic first responders and healthcare workers

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