EL PASO COUNTY — Colorado Springs City and El Paso County leaders held a press conference Tuesday to “discuss developments in response to COVID-19” in the Pikes Peak region.
Speakers included Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, El Paso County Public Health Deputy Director Dr. Leon Kelly, Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski, and Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas.
Some good news coming from Mayor Suthers and the other city leaders as they began with a round of ‘thank yous’ from those essential employees on the front lines to folks doing their part and just staying home.
Suthers also voiced his full support of Governor Jared Polis — who, on Monday, extended a statewide stay-at-home order until April 26th.
Suthers said not only is it an important step to flatten the curve, but initial numbers show it’s working.
“We’re pleased that the number of hospitalizations and positive tests has declined in the last several days, and we hope that that trend continues, said Mayor Suthers. Locally El Paso County Health Department has done predictive modeling that shows a dramatic reduction in the number of cases that will result – from abiding by the stay at home order and practicing safe social distancing.”
Some good news for those Coloradans who are abiding by the stay at home order and continuing to practice safe social distancing as well as wearing masks.
El Paso County Public Health Deputy Director Dr. Leon Kelly said, “we are seeing the positive effects from that, and now more than ever, we need to continue those efforts.”
Kelly spoke about homemade masks, and when it’s appropriate to wear them and pointed out, people should use these masks with the other protocols in place.
“This is not a replacement for proper social distancing, wearing the mask does not prevent you from getting the virus if you are going out and not following the rest of the orders and recommendations we have for you,” said Dr. Kelly.
Several actions are being taken by Colorado Springs Police and Fire to protect citizens and employees. First responders will also be wearing their full medical PPE when going out for medical emergencies.
“We’re doing that to limit the exposure to our firefighters and also to conserve our personal protective equipment so we’ll have it for a prolonged period of time because none of us really know how long this emergency is going to last in our community,” said Ted Collas Colorado Springs Fire Chief.
CSPD and CSFD are reminding people not to call 9-1-1 to report violations of the stay at home order or mask recommendations. Those lines must be left open for emergencies so that they can respond promptly.
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