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El Paso County has one week to present mitigation plan or face restrictions imposed by State

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- One week. That's how long El Paso County leaders have to develop a COVID-19 mitigation plan or risk having further restrictions imposed by State officials.

On Thursday, El Paso County Commissioners along with County Public Health officials had a meeting with Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to discuss how to reduce the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Commissioner Mark Waller says their conversation with the governor's office was frustrating to say the least.

“Quite frankly it didn’t go as well as we would have liked it to have gone,” Waller said.

When asked if they could have more time to come up with a mitigation plan, Waller says the State turned them down. Now, they only have a few days to come up with a mitigation plan.

"They said listen, If we like the mitigation plan, we'll move forward and maybe we won't engage in restrictive behavior. If we don't like the mitigation plan, we'll engage in more restrictive behavior for you moving forward," Waller says.

If the plan is not approved by the State, then El Paso County will go from "Safer at Home" level one to level three. This means a lot of businesses like gyms, retail shops, and indoor events will be reduced significantly. But Waller says the County faces a unique challenge.

"We're not seeing our numbers creep up in one particular area so it's not like we can just send school kids home and shut down schools or shut down restaurants or do something like that," Waller says. "We've just sort of seen this overall creep." Adding they don't want to place restrictions if it's not scientifically proven to reduce the numbers.

"I don't think we should engage in some sort of shotgun approach to this where we just say, 'we don't know if this is going to help, we hope it does but we're just going to limit all restaurants from now on,'" says Waller. "To me that is just not the responsible thing to do.'

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  1. Not really surprised the virus is surging everywhere guess I better get a haircut in the next few days

  2. El Paso County needs to grow a pair and tell the State to F off. Even in liberal Illinois restaurants are starting to defy orders and are staying open despite orders. Polis is holding everybody hostage with state $. Well….. guess who collects the local paid State taxes and forwards to the State……it filters through the county so just keep it. State needs us just as bad as we need it. Time to rebel!

    1. Why couldn’t El Paso do what other counties were able to do in the time originally allotted? Was it just laziness like you, or did they actually have a good reason? Like you, they complain about too much state government, but aren’t willing to do a small job to get the state off their own backs. It’s time to wake up and recognize that the state government has the good of the people in the whole state in mind, rather than focusing on just one county, and cooperation will always go a long way towards getting things done with the least effort.

      1. Lazy + Hubris
        This “too much state government is so lame.” States say “Too Much Federal Government.” Cities and counties say “Too Much State Government!” Adults say “Too Much Government + Speed Traps + Taxes!” Teenagers say “Too Much Parent Control, Too Much Homework! Not Enough Spending Money!” The Family Dog says “Too Many Fences, Not Enough Bones!”

  3. The city has had plenty of time to come up with a plan – more than 6 months. Get it done, and stop complaining. We either take the situation in hand, or live with it for the foreseeable. future.

  4. “We need to shut down El Paso County, the largest Republican base, right before the election.” Governor of Denver – Jaridiot Polis.

    1. If the County Commissioners won’t cooperate with the State, that may be the result. Blame your own commissioners.

    2. Trust me, El Paso County is completely marginalized. As soon as Federal budget crunches occur, military funding in Colorado Springs will evaporate and it will be the U-Haul trailer center like it was in 1986. The new Repo capital of the United States. Colorado Springs has been a tax-baby to the Feds for last 75 years. Pull the plug on that and the Springs will do what it always does in a downturn. Beg for subsidies and collapse.

  5. People are not looking at the real problem here. The numbers mean nothing because the COVID test TESTS THE ENTIRE GENOME OF CARONAVIRUSES, INCLUDING COMMON COLD, FLU, AND PNEUMONIAS. THE PCR TEST DOES NOT ISOLATE A VITUS, MEANING THEY DO NOT EVEN TEST FOR A NOVEL VIRUS. PEOPLE THAT ARE PASSING ALL DIES FROM THESE CAUSES THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PRESENT. IF ANYTHING CAN BE A FACE MASK, RHIS IS JUST PROOF THAT THIS IS ALL BULLSHIT! DIFFERENT MASKS ARE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS AND THE CLOTH MASKS THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE SEEN WITH DO NOTHING BUT PEOMOTE FOMITE TRANSMISSION OF BACTERIA, MOLD, AND CO2. IT SOUNDS LIKE OUR STATE WANTS TO MAKE PEOPLE SICK AND TRY TO SPIN IT AS H”FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY”. TAKE YOUR MASKS OFF, LIVE YOUR LIFE, THE STATISTICS ARE FAKE AND THE TESTS ARE WRONG! I HOPE EVERYONE VOTES THESE DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE!!!! ALSO, DO NOT GET THE FLU SHOT! THEY ARE TRYING TO PUSH THAT TOO!!! ONCE THEY MAKE THAT MANDATORY, THEY WILL BE QUICK TO INTRODUCE POISON VACCINES IN ATTEMPT TO DEPOPULATE US!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! NEVER LET PEOPLE TAKE YOUR FREEDOM AWAY!!!! I FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRYS FREEDOM, DONT LET PEOPLE VOLUNTEER TO JUST GIVE IT ALL AWAY!!!!

  6. Restrictions haven’t scientifically proven to reduce numbers? What are hla talking about? Did you forget when numbers started rising when this first started and we went on lock down. Numbers dropped drastically. Now that everyone is getting laxed of what we should be doing cuz they are either tired or whatever reason, numbers are breaking records. My son plays for a youth football team and almost no one, not kids parents or coaches practice what they should be doing. Why I don’t know. If we want to do stuff like that we should at least make an effort to protect everyone so we can continue to do things.

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