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Colorado Springs businesses urged to increase telework as COVID-19 cases rise

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- City leaders are asking Colorado Springs businesses to have their employees work from home in hopes it will help decrease the spike in COVID-19 cases in El Paso County.

“Everything we can do every day right now can make a difference for what our future conditions are,” says Dirk Draper the CEO and President of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. Draper says as of now, most businesses he has spoken with are utilizing teleworking.

“Most businesses are doing still a considerable amount of working from home," Draper says, "but we have seen some relaxation.”

Draper says that relaxation cannot continue.

He and El Paso County Public Health say businesses need to increase the amount of teleworking being done, otherwise, the State health department may implement its own restrictions of our COVID-19 dial gets turned back.

Draper understands while most businesses can have employees work from home, for others, it's just not feasible. For them, Draper recommends those businesses come up with creative ways to increase social distancing and mask-wearing while reducing the amount of common-touch areas. He pointed to restaurants as an example.

“We’ve seen the changes that the food industry has made, they’ve done a great job in adjusting," Draper says.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Local News

Chase Golightly

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  1. I’m being semi-serious here.
    We’ve been wearing masks for 4 months now, if they are good as ‘they’ say. Why arent the case numbers steady or going down? Why do people still get infected even being a fervent mask wearer?
    What is the definition of insanity? We’ve been doing the same thing again and again with the same result.
    Could it be masks are making things worse as they concentrate the virus and then are treated like they arent a vector for the virus?
    Why cant I sue a mask company for using their product and still get infected? Maybe because it says on the box on n95 masks that they dont protect you? Maybe this is the biggest scam ever run on the American people?

    1. I have been saying the same thing. Infections went up after the mask order. They continue to go up. Maybe masks give a false sense of security and so people are not washing their hands and sanitizing as much.
      90% of the population has no clue how to properly utilize a mask to reduce infections. No clue.
      ANOTHER point is the rate of hospitalizations. Mortality rate is another key one. Those numbers tell the real story.

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