Public Health Information

New community-based COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday, August 11

El Paso County, Colo. — El Paso County Public Health, El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management will hold a joint news conference Tuesday, August 11, at 2 p.m. to highlight the opening of a new community-based COVID-19 testing site that will offer easy, free, and convenient access to testing.  

WHAT:           Opening of new community-based COVID-19 testing site  

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Sheep tests positive for rabies following attack by aggressive pack of coyotes

El Paso County, CO – Public Health received information on Tuesday, August 4, from a homeowner in the Elbert, Black Forest area, that one of their sheep was experiencing symptoms of rabies following an attack by pack of aggressive coyotes.  Public Health was notified today that the sheep tested positive for the rabies virus.

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Media invited to setup of new community-based COVID-19 testing site Friday

El Paso County, Colo.-- El Paso County Public Health and Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management will hold a joint media availability today, Friday, Aug. 7, at 3:15 p.m. to highlight the selection and set-up of a new community-based COVID-19 testing site.  The new site, expected to open Tuesday, Aug. 11, will offer easy, free, and convenient access to testing. 

WHAT:           Media Availability - New Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Site Setup

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Public Health asks members of Charis Christian Center to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

El Paso County, CO –  El Paso County Public Health has identified one confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with the Charis Christian Center (CCC), located at 10285 Federal Dr., and has been made aware that other individuals affiliated with this church are now symptomatic and experiencing illness since July 19, 2020. At the time of this release, Public Health has not been able to successfully establish with CCC who or how many individuals are affected, or if they have been tested for COVID-19. 

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Public Health provides COVID-19 update to Board of County Commissioners

El Paso County, CO, July 14, 2020 – El Paso County Public Health provided a COVID-19 update at today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. The update included information about recent trends, increases in cases, next steps regarding mitigation plans and variances, and a call to action for our community to engage in preventive practices. The full presentation can be viewed here.

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approves comprehensive multi-sector variance request

El Paso County, CO – Today El Paso County received news that both the multi-sector variance request submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on June 9 and the increased capacity variance request submitted on June 24 were approved almost in their entirety, effective immediately.

Key takeaways

The variance requests as they were initially submitted requested increased capacity for a variety of sectors and activities.

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El Paso County Board of Commissioners approves alternative opening plan for increased capacity for shuttles buses and vans, restaurants, and private special events

El Paso County, CO – El Paso County Public Health presented another variance request at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, which proposes an alternative opening plan and safety standards for expanded capacity for shuttle buses and vans, restaurants, and private special events. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve this most recent variance request, which will now be sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for further review and approval.

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