6/1/2020 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. 

CORRECTION: Children’s Hospital Colorado is not in critical need of PPE. The hospital is still accepting donations of cloth face coverings. The hospital shares recommendations and guidelines for donating on their website.

Guidance and resources for cloth face coverings

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) How to Wear a Face Covering for approved materials and sewing patterns.

·        Preferred pattern: In terms of style and pattern, we prefer the CDC's "sewn cloth face covering" option with elastic ear loops.

·        Please use kid-friendly prints.

·        Both adult- and child-sized coverings are needed; approximately 50% of our total inventory needs to fit younger children.

·        For additional resources and tips on sewing cloth face coverings, please visit the Colorado Mask Project.

We properly sanitize all cloth face coverings in the hospital laundry before use.

We continue to revisit these guidelines daily based on the best available evidence and will update this list if anything changes.

For more information, email [email protected].
Media Questions: Liela Roche, Children’s Hospital Colorado Sr. Communications Specialist, 719-305-9589 or [email protected]

Beyond the Curve website offers advice for teens from teens
The Community Health Partnership’s new webpage, Beyond the Curve, is offering local resources, tips and support for Pikes Peak young people. The content creation was led by a group of local teens, and includes everything from tips on how to stay entertained with more limited in-person social interactions to addressing grief and other mental and emotional health issues. The site was created with help from Fountain Valley Communities That Care and Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center offering FREE virtual workshops for job seekers
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is offering free virtual workshops for job seekers through June 19. Attendees may register for workshops by creating an account in connectingcolorado.com. Registration closes the day before the workshop. Visit PPWFC.orgto view workshops. Current offerings include:

  • Four Questions You Should Ask in Your Next Interview to Demonstrate Interest
    1-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 3
  • Three Things to Include in Your Thank-You Letter
    10-11 a.m., Friday, June 5
  • Navigating Connecting Colorado
    10-11 a.m., Monday, June 8
  • Create a Better Résumé: Tailor, Tone Down & Get Past Applicant Tracking Systems
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 9
  • Improve Your Résumé: Accomplishments, Gaps, Military Service
    2 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 10

Contact Becca Tonn, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, at [email protected] or 719-499-0642 for more information or an interview.

El Paso County Public Health Spanish Language Webpage
Help El Paso County Public Health spread the word about its new “COVID-19 (Español)” webpage. The page offers many of the same resources that have long been available in English, and is being regularly updated to include more topic areas of interest for Spanish-speaking residents.

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