COVID-19 UPDATE: Colorado Springs and El Paso County

Tuesday, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said things are headed in the right direction in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city and El Paso County.

"We're pleased that the number of hospitalizations and positive tests have declined in the last several days and we hope that trend continues," Mayor Suthers said.

The mayor said recent data suggests they could see a lower number of cases than originally thought.

"El Paso County Health has done predictive modeling that shows a dramatic reduction in the number of cases that will result from abiding by the stay-at-home order and practicing safe social distancing," he said.

Mayor Suthers said many people are using parks in Colorado Springs and El Paso County but in most cases they are practicing proper social distancing. The Mayor said they are monitoring use of the municipal golf courses and people are complying with social distancing guidelines.

He said he hopes they can end the stay-at-home order before April 26.

Numerous community and church groups in Colorado Springs donated homemade masks for healthcare, police and fire personnel to use in non-essential capacities.

The full update is below. Speakers include (in order):

--Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

--Dr. Leon Kelly, Deputy Medical Director, El Paso County Public Health

--Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski

--Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas

--Short Q&A

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