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Colorado Springs Mayor after move to Safer at Home Level 2: ‘It could have been worse’

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- While disappointed that state leaders moved El Paso County to Safer at Home Level Two, the mayor of Colorado Springs says things could be worse.

"Given the way things are trending, they could have gone to level three," says Mayor John Suthers a few hours after the announcement was made Friday.

He credits El Paso County health leaders for creating a mitigation plan that helped convince those at the state level to not have the county roll back to Safer at Home Level Three, which would create even more restrictions.

While Level Two will limit capacity for restaurants, gyms, group sports, indoor events and more, Suthers says he doesn't expect there will be a major financial hardship for those businesses.

"I think it will have some impact but I don't think it will be large," Suthers said.

However, bars will have to shutdown on November 4th when the rollback and restrictions begin. A manager with one of the bars on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs says they have only been open for two weeks and this new shutdown is really going to impact their business.

Mayor Suthers once again reiterated the need for residents to take necessary COVID-19 safety precautions to help bring the county's numbers down. Hospitalizations in El Paso County are increasing at a dangerous rate, according to local officials.

"[On Friday] there are 79 COVID positive people in the hospital, four weeks ago there were 15," Suthers said.

If these numbers keep increasing, Suthers says it may lead to the county getting shutdown by the state like it did back in April.

"One thing we want to avoid at all costs is another Stay at Home Order," he said. "That's what caused us to have a 23 percent revenue reduction in April, 14 percent in March."

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Economy / Local News

Chase Golightly

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25 Comments

    1. It’s all BS and people know it at this point…Our little ugly troll mayor wears no clothes…Ewwww

  1. It could have been BETTER by telling would-be tyrant Polis to GFY, but you’re a fawking coward suthers!

    1. But it’s “I’m all about the $” Suthers! Can’t make the all powerful Polos angry or he might keep some State funding which will hurt my developer cronies!

  2. This is unrelated but I want to know why KRDO buried the Colorado Springs city council approval of a utility rate increase article so fast??
    ….
    Why??

  3. This response shows that the handling of Covid 19 (from a public health standpoint) is politically motivated and not science or derived from evidence-based medicine. NOTHING about this decision follows evidence-based medicine.

    There have been standard precautions in place for decades along with transmission based precautions for known or suspected airborne/droplet illnesses. Nothing in how this is being handled follows that.

    First and foremost, if someone is positive or highly likely to be positive, you isolate THEM, not the public. Then, in addition to the standard (and common sense) practice of minimizing exposure, covering your cough and washing your hands:

    Droplet Precautions

    Use Droplet Precautions for patients known or suspected to be infected with pathogens transmitted by respiratory droplets that are generated by a patient who is coughing, sneezing, or talking. See Guidelines for Isolation Precautions for complete details.

    Source control: PUT A MASK ON THE PATIENT

    Ensure appropriate patient placement in a single room if possible.

    In acute care hospitals, if single rooms are not available, utilize the recommendations for alternative patient placement considerations in the Guideline for Isolation Precautions.

    In long-term care and other residential settings, make decisions regarding patient placement on a case-by-case basis considering infection risks to other patients in the room and available alternatives.

    In ambulatory settings, place patients who require Droplet Precautions in an exam room or cubicle as soon as possible and instruct patients to follow Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette recommendations.

    Use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately.

    Don mask upon entry into the patient room or patient space. Limit transport and movement of patients outside of the room to medically-necessary purposes.

    If transport or movement outside of the room is necessary, instruct patient to wear a mask and follow Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette.

    If they are airborne precautions:

    Airborne Precautions

    Use Airborne Precautions for patients known or suspected to be infected with pathogens transmitted by the airborne route (e.g., tuberculosis, measles, chickenpox, disseminated herpes zoster). See Guidelines for Isolation Precautions for complete details.

    Source control: PUT A MASK ON THE PATIENT.

    Ensure appropriate patient placement in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR) constructed according to the Guideline for Isolation Precautions.

    In settings where Airborne Precautions cannot be implemented due to limited engineering resources, masking the patient and placing the patient in a private room with the door closed will reduce the likelihood of airborne transmission until the patient is either transferred to a facility with an AIIR or returned home.

    Restrict susceptible healthcare personnel from entering the room of patients known or suspected to have measles, chickenpox, disseminated zoster, or smallpox if other immune healthcare personnel are available.

    Use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately, including a fit-tested NIOSH-approved N95 or higher level respirator for healthcare personnel.

    Limit transport and movement of patients outside of the room to medically-necessary purposes. If transport or movement outside an AIIR is necessary, instruct patients to wear a surgical mask, if possible, and observe Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette.

    Healthcare personnel transporting patients who are on Airborne Precautions DO NOT NEED TO WEAR A MASK OR RESPIRATOR DURING TRANSPORT IF THE PATIENT IS WEARING A MASK AND INFECTIOOUS SKIN LESIONS ARE COVERED.

    Immunize susceptible persons as soon as possible following unprotected contact with vaccine-preventable infections (e.g., measles, varicella or smallpox).
    This is all on the CDC’s website (I copied and pasted most of this) and it’s not news.

    THIS virus has shown that it follows the same pattern as other viruses in this family and should be handled accordingly.

    Transmission based precautions link: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/basics/transmission-based-precautions.html#anchor_1564058318

    Guideline for isolation precautions link: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/isolation/index.html

    Here, check out what this PhD in chemistry with VERY relevant experience has to say about the topic: https://www.aier.org/article/the-year-of-disguises/

  4. Typical politicians.. both parties.
    Make up rules for the citizenry to follow and when the results are not what they want the fault is with we loathsome citizens… rather than with their asinine rules. Which most of us understand even while ‘obeying’ their rules.

    1. I agree we were about six weeks after Europe last time and France just went into lockdown. 6 weeks from now is pretty close to the end of the year.

  5. So they’re trying to tell you what you can do in your home because you have a less than 1% chance of getting this virus and dying from it, but you have a choice to kill a baby! Sorry, the government has no say in what you can do with your own body! If you’re scared, stay home and get your food delivered and stfu.

  6. Thank you to all those who refuse do do a few simple things to lessen the impact of this virus. Thanks to you we will spent Christmas at home without family and friends.

      1. You will be the one crying when you don’t survive the next layoffs that will occur because we have to shut down. Never mind you been living off of your fat Welfare check for so long it won’t make any difference to you.

        1. “…[L]essen the impact of this virus.” Only two in 1,000 become infected. For those who are infected, the survival rate is +99%. When infected, the majority of people experience a cough and mild fever. Many people who test positive never even knew they were infected because they showed no symptoms. If the “impact” were any less severe, we’d never know it was going around.
          .
          Remember about a year ago when the terrifying videos began coming out of China showing people falling over dead in the streets from the “CoronaVirus”? Remember videos of people being rounded up by men in haz-mat suits and military men in uniform and thrown into the backs of ambulances and vans? Remember the videos of Wuhan looking absolutely deserted, with no one at all on the streets of that gigantic city? Remember that was Communist China, a country so locked-down and controlled they have “social scores” to determine what job you may apply for, what apartment you may be allowed to live in, whether you may be allowed to move to a different area, etc., all based on your “social” score of who you associate with, what web pages you look at, whether or not you smoke, etc.
          .
          With such a totalitarian government in control there, where there is NO freedom of the press, NO freedom of speech and EVERYTHING is closely monitored and highly censored… I HAVE to wonder, WHY did China let such “negative press” get out freely on the internet and the world-wide mainstream media? Certainly, even if there was a deadly crisis there, it would have been in China’s best interest to make sure nobody ever found out. But those videos were everywhere, shared on social media millions of times worldwide.
          .
          Could those videos have been “staged?” Suddenly, seemingly overnight, the entire WORLD was locked down, forced to wear masks, the healthy were quarantined, only those businesses that were arbitrarily deemed “essential” were allowed to remain open, while most small businesses were forced into bankruptcy. Not just here — but globally. It’s as if those “leaked” videos from China were all designed to frighten people into blind submission and compliance, destroy the world economy and bring the Western world — especially America — to its knees. Mission accomplished.
          .
          What’s happening right now in New Zealand is terrifying. And it’s happening in many other parts of the world, or about to be. The UK, Peru, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Germany, France, and others.
          .
          If you search for and read up on the Global Reset being implemented by the World Economic Forum, you will be terrified at what is happening to our world. And it is happening right now.
          .
          So, yeah. Sheeple. Just think about it.
          Do some research. Learn.

          1. Now get down off your social justice soapbox, stop feeling so smugly superior and try to think for yourself. I am not on welfare, never have been, and do very well for myself, thank you. But if it gives you a measure of comfort to believe you can dismiss what I say by demeaning and belittling me in your imagination, go right ahead. Meantime, the Great Global Reset is being implemented and you will remember I told you.

  7. I love the hype, it ensures my Covid bonus continues. Just keep out of my face at work or you will be kicked in the groin.

  8. What are the current limits on the governor/king’s powers?
    When does our state legislature get a say? When do the citizens get a say?

    1. If everyone in the country would watch the creepy joe “corn pop” video, not one dim-o-KKK-rat would win a single race. It’s hysterical. And he’s being serious, too! Anyone who wants to let this demented creep anywhere near the football needs to be in a padded room.

  9. So here is a fun fact. If you break your leg and go to the hospital you will be tested for COVID. If you test positive, it is counted as a “hospitalization with covid”. Even if you have no symptoms and you are there for a broken leg.
    Why is that?

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