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Local News for April 22, 2020


LOCAL

Local Business Funding

There’s been some confusion on funding from the federal government with the CARE Act. Anne Boswell reports from our sister station KBLJ-AM in La Junta that speculation is ongoing as to whether excess state funds will be put towards local Southeast Colorado businesses.


Otero 7th positive case

Another positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Otero County bringing the total number of cases now to seven as of late Monday afternoon. Rick Ritter of the Otero County Health Department tells us the patient is in their 50s and has been in close contact with another COVID-19 positive person. The latest positive case is now in isolation.


Happy Hotline

Members of the community continue to call the Happy Hotline with good news in our community. During this pandemic, residents continue to work together through to the finish line. If you would like to leave good news, please call the Happy Hotline at 719-691-6099 in Lamar, or 719-363-1899 in La Junta.


Prowers Medical Center structural change measures

Members of the Prowers Medical Center shared information on how they handle patients with COVID-19 symptoms while stopping in on the KVAY Morning Show on Tuesday. Dr. Margaret Loewen detailed on what patients should expect. Prowers Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Karen Bryant emphasizes the use of face masks when residents leave their homes or even their front yard.


STATE

Safer-At-Home

Colorado's Stay-At-Home order will expire April 26th, but life will not return to normal. Governor Jared Polis unveiled a new "Safer At Home" order, gradually reopening businesses in the state while health officials monitor the effect on coronavirus cases. Businesses that can reopen on April 27th include hair salons and tattoo parlors, so long as social distancing precautions are in place. Retailers can reopen May 1st and other non-essential offices can reopen on May 4th. Dine-in service at restaurants and bars will still be prohibited, but could come back in mid-May.


In-Person Classes Suspended

Colorado's governor announced on Monday that all in-person learning for schools across the state is suspended for the remainder of the school year. Schools will continue online learning as a tool for education and student meals will still be provided through the end of May. Students are encouraged to complete assignments if possible and maintain an open line of communication to school districts.


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