Coronavirus news and updates from Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, and elsewhere in Colorado and the U.S.


- As life gets back toward normal with restaurants and many other businesses more fully opening, Colorado Springs City Council meetings are expected to stay closed to the general public through August because of the coronavirus. Read more here.

- Stephanie Murphy’s scream while receiving her first COVID-19 vaccination shot was quickly followed with, “thank you,” Wednesday morning at a federally run mass vaccination site in Pueblo. Read more here.

COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.” Read more here.

- President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth, focusing on easing access to shots as his administration tackles the vexing problem of winning over those reluctant to get inoculated. Read more here.

- Colorado Springs bars and restaurants ramped up for Cinco de May celebrations Wednesday in anticipation of a boom in customers for the Mexican holiday. Read more here.

- A physician and a former Colorado Springs fire chief have been appointed to the El Paso County Board of Health amid the ongoing pandemic. Read more here.

- The state health department confirmed the first known case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant, known as P.1, in El Paso County last week. Read more here.

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year. Read more here.

- Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask order Sunday through June 1 with a new provision to allow groups of people to gather without masks if a majority of them have been vaccinated. Read more here.

- Three District 11 high schools are pivoting to distance learning amid a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Read more here.

- Colorado College announced it will celebrate this year’s graduating class on May 23, while the 2020 class – which did not march last year because of COVID-19 restrictions – will be feted a week later, on May 30. Read more here.

- Multiple healthcare agencies teamed up on Wednesday to bring a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic to a Colorado Springs high school, El Paso County Public Health announced in a news release. Read more here.

Three reports of people sustaining blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been made in Colorado, a state spokesperson said Thursday, representing a tiny fraction of the more than 139,000 doses that have been administered statewide. Read more here.

- The number of active K-12 school COVID outbreaks identified this year in Colorado rose by 28% over the past week, affecting nearly 400 new students. Read more here.

-  Beatrice Pope didn’t have strong feelings about the coronavirus vaccine a month ago. After 13 days in the hospital and suffering a partially collapsed lung, she sounds passionate about prevention. Read more here.