6/16/2020 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. Moving forward, this communication will go out only as needed.

SBDC Recovery & Resiliency Friday Lunch Series: Contact Tracing & Data Collection Practices

Contact tracing has been used throughout history to help people understand their risk for illness and when they need to take action to keep others healthy. For COVID-19, contact tracing is one of the best tools Public Health has to keep small businesses operating safely. Join Pikes Peak SBDC's Preparedness & Continuity Program, SBDC TechSource: Cyber CYA and El Paso County Public Health for an informative session on contact tracing and best practices for data collection to help keep you and your customer's data secure. Presenters include Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director of Pikes Peak SBDC; Haley Zachary, Epidemiologist with El Paso County Public Health; and Dr. Shawn Murray, Principal Scientist and the President/CEO of Murray Security Services.

SBDC Series: Contact Tracing & Data Collection Practices

June 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30p.m.


Register Online at: https://pikespeaksbdc.org/what-we-do/programs/disaster-relief/

Birth and Death Records available 
Those seeking birth and death records will soon be able to meet in-person with El Paso County Vital Records by appointment only. Appointments must be placed online at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/service/birth-death-records. A new scheduling feature will be available on the website beginningWednesday, June 17.

Those who are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home. Customers are asked to wear a mask and comply with physical distancing requirements (maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and those outside their household when possible). Whenever possible, only the applicant should come to the appointment. Customers are asked to complete paperwork in advance and bring a valid photo ID. Customers may also need to bring supporting documentation for proof of relationship or proof of direct and tangible interest.

Draft Guidance from Gov. Jared Polis provides clarification

Seeking to clarify some of the details of the Safer at Home and in the Great, Vast Outdoors Public Health Order, Gov. Jared Polis announced the release of several new draft guidelines. The public is invited to comment on the guidelines, which are expected to be approved later this week. The guidelines include: 


Videos from Jim Reid
Jim Reid, Director of Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, has released the following videos on a variety of themes related to COVID-19. The media may use these videos, as appropriate.

Always Improving - https://vimeo.com/428209498
COVID Response - https://vimeo.com/428209332
Experience Matters - https://vimeo.com/428209089
What is PPROEM - https://vimeo.com/428195099

National Nursing Assistant Week is June 18-25
Certified Nursing Assistants are the backbone of nursing care, but they don’t always get the kudos they deserve. National Nursing Assistant Week is a chance to honor CNAs by thanking them for their hard, compassionate work. Members of the public are encouraged to write a kind note or card to the CNA in their life, or buy them a favorite beverage or other goodie.

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