6/9/2020 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 1 p.m. 

Videos from Dr. Robin Johnson and Yemi Mobolade
Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director of El Paso County Public Health, and Yemi Mobolade, Small Business Administrator for the City of Colorado Springs, have released the following videos on a variety of themes related to COVID-19. The media may use these videos, as appropriate.

Dr. Johnson Videos:
Moving Forward: https://vimeo.com/426294011
Collaboration: https://vimeo.com/426294010                 
Latest Numbers: https://vimeo.com/426294005
More Interaction: https://vimeo.com/426033648

Mobolade Videos:
Government Role - https://vimeo.com/426365067
Opportunity - https://vimeo.com/426388075
Collaboration - https://vimeo.com/426388096
Hopeful - https://vimeo.com/426388065
We Need You - https://vimeo.com/426388104
Be Careful - https://vimeo.com/426388088

Updated Public Health Order guidance in progress
El Paso County Public Health is working to create guidance based on CDPHE’s updated version of Public Health Order 20-28, which was released on June 5. Key updates in this most recent CDPHE Public Health Order include:

  • Playgrounds are now open to 25 people at a time (previously limited to 10 people).
  • Gyms are now open to 25% capacity or up to 50 people per room, whichever is fewer (previously limited to 10 people per room).
  • Competitive events, races and endurance events are now permitted as long as 
  • 6-foot distancing and limitations in group size (10 or less people) can be maintained.

To review the most recent Amended Public Health Order in its entirety, visit the CDPHE website: https://bit.ly/SixthAmendedPHO2028. El Paso County Public Health expects to have more updates regarding this Public Health Order soon. 

Variance approval opens Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
On June 5, the state passed El Paso County’s variance allowing the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to reopen in phases through June 19 with the following provisions:

  • All members and guests will be required to purchase advance tickets through June 19. Tickets will be available in hourly increments and limited to allow maximum physical distancing. Tickets are available to zoo members only through June 10. From June 11 through June 19, tickets are available for zoo members and the general public. Full details are available at https://www.cmzoo.org/open/.
  • Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and staff that work within 6 feet of others are required to wear masks.
  • Certain spaces and activities are closed to allow for physical distancing.
  • High-touch areas are being frequently sanitized.

Pikes Peak Office of Emergency Management continues to accept cloth face masks
The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management continues to accept donations for cloth face masks. 

Donations are welcome:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management
3755 Mark Dabling, Colorado Springs, 80907

Click here for guidance and a mask pattern.

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