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Colorado Springs, El Paso County leaders admit surprise at governor’s Stay-at-Home order

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Local elected leaders revealed during a briefing Thursday that they were not consulted by Gov. Jared Polis before the state's top leader issued a Stay-at-home order Wednesday to address the coronavirus crisis.

"The city did not (know in advance), said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, without further comment.

Mark Waller, chairman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, had more to say.

"I understand that there's a lot of frustration out there," he said. "And I'll tell you, I've also been a little bit frustrated in this process.  I wish our governor would do a little bit better job, quite frankly, of communicating with local elected officials."

Waller said he didn't know about the order until Polis announced it in his briefing.

Suthers and Waller still intend to support Polis' decision, partly because area hospital officials believe it's the best way to limit the spread of the virus.

Dr. David Steinbruner, assistant chief medical officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, said local hospitals have plenty of beds to handle an expected increase in COVID-19 patients during the next few weeks.

"There's a small portion of people in our society that will get very, very sick -- and that will overwhelm our hospitals," he said. "We're getting ourselves into a position where the hospitals are ready to take a surge of very critical patients, if possible."

Meanwhile, the city and county began closing playgrounds by posting signs and wrapping equipment in yellow caution tape, in an effort to keep kids from congregating in large groups and possibly contracting or spreading the virus.

Parks in the area, however, will remain open and be patrolled regularly by police and park rangers to prevent groups from having 11 or more people.

Suthers said he and local leaders hope to avoid stronger enforcement measures in the future by relying on citizens to voluntarily comply with the order.

Police said calls for service have decreased recently, and because more people are staying home during the crisis, crimes such as auto theft and burglary could drop.

Thursday's briefing comes after the news that two more people in El Paso County with COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of deaths in the county as of Thursday to 7.

Watch the entire briefing below:

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48 Comments

  1. Would be nice, just for comparison sake, if they would also tell us how many people have died this year from cancer, suicide, the flu, etc. Oh, wait, that would make COVID-19 look like small potatoes…

    1. It has the potential to become big potatoes, and with enough people like you not treating it seriously, it’s garaunteed to get bad enough that you’ll see how wrong you really are.

      1. Who says he’s not taking it seriously? He’s just questioning the extent of a virus where there have been 0 cases in half the counties and less than 10 cases in 90 percent of the counties. Death rate per million in America is 5 people, here in colorado about 1 per million. Death rate in a bad flu year is 200 per million. Look at the cases. Bingo table, health club, NYC Subway, Party House in New Jersey, anywhere you are stopped for several minutes and talking to people. You think people in rural counties don’t touch gas pump handles or go to she supermarket?! Zero cases. Social distancing. Should always be done in flu season anyways.

    2. In a little over 3 weeks, the COVID-19 Virus has infected a MINIMUM of 86,000 people and killed 1,300 REPORTED cases. That is a lot higher than the H1N1 (flu), cancer, suicide, or any other illness going around… Do you know that of the 86,000 CONFIRMED cases, only ~750 have recovered? This thing is one REALLY BIG POTATO… The only reason China’s numbers have not been increasing is because they aren’t reporting accurate numbers. Something like this doesn’t go from over 2,000 additions a day, to ZERO overnight.

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    4. The amount of people dying is not the problem but the amount of people that need hospitalization. When Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and resources run low. Then they must decide who dies and who lives. Would you like to be the one they deny treatment to because of limited resources? Not fun when you are dying and the doctor says help the other person.

      1. In my home county of winnebago, il, there have been less than 10 cases. They have at least 3 hospitals, certainly more. Not exactly overwhelming the system in most areas.

  2. They Mayor won’t do anything. He will just give speeches as more people die. So Mkkey, how many people have died from the flu, cancer or suicide so far year to date? And does any of those spread as fast as this virus?

    1. The Fact that you don’t know say alot about your post. maybe instead of being here running your mouth you should go look up the info your telling us about? I think you might be a little surprised and take a few more precautions.

    2. No they do not spread as fast as this virus. I’ve been plotting the data myself and if nothing changes quickly there will be 100,000 dead Americans dead by April 12. One million dead April 21.

  3. Yes, this virus can kill, but 40mg of vitamin C injected intravenously is what the doctors in New York are achieving a 100% rate. So COVID-19 appears to be only about 2 or 3 times as deadly as the flu. 99% of the deaths are in people that already one or more existing conditions.

    It would be nice to hear the truth from our public officials. However, many of them are in on this Deep State PLANDEMIC, hyping the fear so that they can falsely terrify people into submitting to their nefarious schemes. They will be held accountable for their lies. I will see to it myself.

    AND…somewhere cash registers ring.

    1. Yes, this virus can kill, but 40mg of vitamin C injected intravenously is what the doctors in New York are achieving a 100% success rate with. So COVID-19 appears to be only about 2 or 3 times as deadly as the flu. 99% of the deaths are in people that already have one or more existing medical conditions.

      It would be nice to hear the truth from our public officials. However, many of them are in on this Deep State PLANDEMIC, hyping the fear so that they can falsely terrify people into submitting to their nefarious schemes. They will be held accountable for their lies. I will see to it myself.
      According to American tort laws, if death results from that public official’s negligence or deception then that public official may be sentenced to death in an American court of law. To me this is what it looks like our public officials are doing…intentionally, which makes it murder.
      AND…somewhere cash registers ring.

      1. Fortunately, folks like you are usually sovereign, fear of government freaks that stay in and don’t go anywhere, anyway. Wow! You heard of a cure and nobody else has! We look to you for truth, great and powerful ABC.

      2. “According to American tort laws, if death results from that public official’s negligence or deception then that public official may be sentenced to death in an American court of law.”

        You really need to research TORT law… They CAN NOT sentence the death penalty. Tort Damages are monetary or restrictive in nature, NOT DEATH…

        Please give a reference to your claim.

        Because of this one False statement in your post, all other statements and claims you make are questionable.

    2. Right now the death rate of COVID-19 in the US is 1.44%. That is 14-15 times as deadly as the flu.

      Quit with the existing conditions as though that means nothing. That’s the problem. If all people were fit and healthy we wouldn’t need medicine.

      1. Your stats are skewed by the fact that the “total cases” number only reflects those who have been tested, and the vast majority of infected people are just being sent home to recover and are not being tested. If you knew the actual total number of cases, that death rate number would be way lower.

        1. Sure it would but that can be said of any statistic for any virus/flu/cold/etc. The death rate is what it is and when I plot the actual death numbers they are growing at the same exponential rate as the “total cases”. What that tells everyone is that the total real cases and reported cases and death cases are all growing the same. Exponential is exponential. Here’s the scary part. If it keeps up like this there will be 100,000 dead Americans by April 12 and 1 million by April 21. This virus is increasing both “sick” and “death” totals by tenfold every 10 or so days. VERY, VERY, VERY SCARY.

        2. They’re not testing fly deaths by autopsy. Your comparison of annual deaths with Covid 19 in a 3 week period is ludicrous as well as saying cancer is the same as an untreatable pandemic that spreads from person to person. What idiot says cancer spreads from person to person? You do.

    3. The vitamin C results are anecdotal at best. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system but it does not cure virus’. Making such a claim is something Trump would do.

      “The vitamin C is administered in addition to such medicines as the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, various biologics and blood thinners, Weber said.”

      Throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the virus is pure desperation. There’s no magic pill. You can make up all the ridiculous claims you want but the numbers tell a different story. Right now the death rate in the US is 1.44%. It has fluctuated between 1.2 and 2.0 for the past two weeks. I’ve been plotting the data myself and if nothing changes quickly there will be 100,000 dead Americans dead by April 12. One million dead April 21. I pray that our efforts pay off.

        1. It’s not a dig if it’s true. If this were a truly Darwin event he and his “this is a hoax and nothing more than the common cold” type would get it and then we’d be cleansed of that type of stupidity. Rush Limbaugh too. He’s blabbering on and on how this virus is nothing more than the common cold. It’s too bad that TX doesn’t do what the Lt. Governor said he wanted to do. That way TX could be a case study for what not to do and an added bonus would we’d have less Texans to deal with.

  4. Suthers is obviously PO’ed at having rank pulled on him.
    He came to Colorado Springs to be Big Man on Campus and got left out of the loop.
    His “boo-boo face” was amusing.

    1. You would be too if you were mayor. Elected officials are supposed to communicate and not dictate. They are not kings although Trump thinks he is. It would have cost absolutely nothing for Polis to have a round table before making is decree public.

    2. Hope the people of this city/county wake the hell up and realize the powers that be definitely care more about the local economy than they do the citizens their supposed to serve and protect. Instead of being pro active and getting ahead of this thing, they (suthers and waller) wanna take pop shots at the governor and express their “frustration” for being left outta the loop! How about you guys get to work and figure out a solution for preventing the spread of this crap amongst the staff and inmates at cjc!?

      1. common sense.
        That is what is lacking in local leadership right now.
        More than a few of our councilmen own downtown businesses as well.
        Wonder if “Poor Richard” fired all his employees without a second thought.

        1. Let’s hope not.

          “Martial law”… is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory.

  5. Sad when FOUNTAIN seems to be on the list of the FORGOTTEN !! Driving around to collect my usual groceries and STILL large groups congregating in parks all over the city of FOUNTAIN and no one to stop them or deter them. Sad when this small community is so ignorant no one stops them.

  6. Let’s hope not.

    “Martial law”… is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory.

  7. So you are telling me the Governor needed to let every Mayor know his intentions? NO… He runs the state, and tells the cities what to do. It’s called the Chain of Command.

  8. If I was an elected city official who knew that there was going to be a lot of backlash to a necessary closure I would ask for it to be played out just like this. I would act surprised, outraged, dismayed, and even concerned by the lack of transparency from the governor. This would allow me to have plausible deniability for the next election. You don’t get to be mayor for life by being stupid. You only have to be two percent smarter than everyone else. If you think they didn’t see this one coming I think you are naïve. They probably have conference calls with the governor three times a week. For the record I think it was the correct thing to do.

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