Coronavirus news and updates from Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, and elsewhere in Colorado and the U.S.
The latest numbers from the state (updated Sept. 17):
•63,145 cases, including 6,546 in El Paso County
•804,767 people tested
•2,006 deaths among all cases, including 164 in El Paso County
•1,911 deaths due to COVID-19
- Colorado State University Pueblo's women's soccer team entered quarantine Thursday after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.
- El Paso County restaurants, indoor venues and gyms can now allow larger indoor gatherings, under new state coronavirus rules this week. Read more here.
- Mayor John Suthers said the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order set up Colorado Springs for a potential economic collapse, but the community has proved resilient and its recovery is among the best in country. Read more here.
- The Colorado High School Activities Association released more details regarding the new season structure for high school football, opening the door for two football champions per classification. Read more here.
- Air Force is sticking to its policy of strict silence even as a national report suggests it might go against the grain if the Mountain West resurrects a fall football season. Read more here.
- Riders are returning to Mountain Metro Transit and regional Bustang buses, but the agencies are far from fully recovered from the drop-off in ridership and revenues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
- Thousands of students at the University of Colorado-Boulder are under a 14-day quarantine because of a rise in COVID-19 cases in the past several weeks. Read more here.
- The Trump administration health official embroiled in a furor over political meddling with the coronavirus response is taking a leave of absence, the government said Wednesday. Read more here.
- A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet. Read more here.
- Contradicting the government’s health experts, President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus could be ready as early as next month and in mass distribution soon after, undermining the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and calling him “confused” in projecting a longer time frame. Read more here.
- The state provided public and private schools across Colorado with more than 1 million medical-grade face masks. Read more here.
- Colorado sees surge of demand for hunting, fishing, state parks as more people turning to the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
- Mayor John Suthers said at his State of the City address Thursday the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order set up Colorado Springs for a potential economic collapse, but the community has proved resilient and its recovery is among the best in country. Read more here.