NEW TODAY 3/27/2020

  • The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. According to a running count by Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the U.S. topped 82,000 yesterday . That’s just ahead of the 81,000 cases in China and 80,000 in Italy. More than 1,000 people have died in the U.S, and here in Colorado, the number of cases topped 1,000 yesterday, with at least 20 deaths reported in the state so far.

  • Comcast is adding new policies in addition to the free internet for 60 days to new qualifying households amid COVID-19 pandemic. Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free. Comcast will also pause their data plan, won’t charge late fees or turn off service but you must contact them to let them know you can’t make your payment, and will provide important news, information and educational content on the main Xfinity menu.

  • Military veterans and first responders will be able to pick up a free grab-n-go sack lunch today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., thanks to Level Up Coffee at 4730 Barnes Road in Colorado Springs. The lunches will include a sandwich, chips, a fruit snack or cookie, fresh fruit, and a bottle of water. Neutral Zone, an organization that serves military communities, will provide the meals.

THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE (3/18/2020) DEDICATED TO PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO THAT WEBSITE.

Governor Jared Polis has announced a stay at home order for the entire state which will go into effect at 6 a.m. 3/26/2020. This will last through April 11, and could extend. This means to avoid unnecessary travel and mingling with others outside your households. Only essential tasks are to be performed such as grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups, doctor’s visits and grabbing necessities. Watch the conference below:


STATE OF COLORADO COVID-19 VOLUNTEER RESPONSE

The state of Colorado are specifically seeking people who can share reliable information, provide virtual support, deliver food, medication, and medical supplies, and help with daily tasks for people who live alone. To volunteer, visit https://covrn.com/.

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We at RXP@1039 are dedicated to keeping you informed with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the COVID-19 disease. We will update this page as much as possible. Here are some helpful links and articles for you, as well as information on any concerts cancelled due to the situation.

Updated business hours for KRXP: Due to concerns with the Coronavirus and mandated social isolation, our offices are closed to the public until further notice. For details on concert cancellations click HERE.

Helpful Links:

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment Coronavirus Page

School closed? Recommendations for parents 

What to do if you were exposed to COVID-19

I have symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans

COVID-19 testing (for the public)

Resources for local public health agencies and health care providers

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Take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love

  • There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.
    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
    • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Be calm and prepared.

​People who are not sick do not need face masks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Ill people should wear a mask if they have one — to protect family members and in any scenario where needed to prevent the spread of germs.
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Up-to-date News on the Coronavirus

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RESOURCES, BUSINESSES STILL AVAILABLE TO YOU DURING COVID-19 CLOSURES

Resources for workers

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is offering unemployment benefits if your employer is closed or operating at fewer hours. Click here for more info.

What’s Open?
This page has a list of local restaurants, breweries, retail stores, and more that are currently open and how they’re operating. 

Grocery stores

As of right now, grocery stores and pharmacies are not impacted. Some stores have updated their hours of operation to help keep up with restocking products and sanitizing the area.

  • King Soopers is now open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day,  and is now reserving hours for senior citizens to shop. The first shopping hour, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be reserved for seniors.
  • Target will reserve the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for “vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.” Their hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be shifting most stores to a schedule of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and introducing a new “senior shopping event.” From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older.
  • Whole Foods Customers who are 60 and older are invited to shop beginning one hour before the store opens to the general public, and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trader Joe’s changed its hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help increase cleaning. They have also suspended all food/beverage samples.
  • Costco says they are asking customers to practice social distancing in the store and limiting items for purchase for customers.
  • Sam’s Club is encouraging the use of their Scan & Go app to help avoid checkout lines and they are providing hand sanitizer at registers/exits
  • Safeway/Albertsons remains open; their new hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and they are reserving the first two hours of operation every Tuesday and Thursday to the elderly, pregnant, and those with compromised immune systems to shop. They are also hiring. For more information, click here
  • Dollar General is also offering the first hour of operation each day to be for senior citizens only. The company also announced that locations will begin closing an hour earlier to give employees a chance to clean and restock. Hours vary, check their website for details.

The grocery delivery service Shipt is still providing at-home deliveries. They are providing door drop-offs to give the option of no-contact delivery and they are also giving two weeks of financial help to those diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed under quarantine by a health professional.

 

Restaurants and bars

Restaurants and bars will have to stop dine-in services for the next 30 days after an order that starts March 17. Most restaurants, fast-food spots and bars will offer take-out orders or deliveries. FIND A FULL LIST OF OPEN FOR DELIVERY/PICKUP RESTAURANTS HERE.

IF YOU ARE A BAR/RESTAURANT AND OPERATING, LET US KNOW HERE! OR IF YOU’RE JUST A LOCAL BUSINESS STILL WORKING, LET US KNOW!

For the next 30 days, these businesses are encouraged to offer food and beverage using a delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. These establishments may allow up to five members of the public at one time on the premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another.

If you’re feeling wary about leaving your home, there are still food delivery services operating. Uber Eats is offering to waive delivery fees for independent restaurants in both the U.S. and Canada. During this time, Uber Eats says local restaurants are depending on customer demand to stay afloat. Grubhub is offering no-contact delivery along with DoorDash and Postmates to allow safe distance for both employees and customers.

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ONLINE DELIVERY THAT WILL STILL BRING YOU FOOD TO YOUR DOOR

There are several food delivery services available to bring food to your door.

In addition to individual local restaurants with delivery services (check their websites), the following services are available:

  • DoorDash — will deliver from several restaurants including Chipolte, Firehouse Tavern, and McDonald’s.
  • Postmates — will deliver from several local restaurants as well as chains like Five Guys, Denny’s and Subway.
  • Uber Eats — will deliver from Panda Express and Popeye’s, among several others.
  • Grub Hub — will deliver from chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.
  • EatStreet — works more closely with local restaurants instead of national chains.
  • Subway Restaurants are offering a Family Take Out Special. Stop by your local restaurant and get a free Footlong when you buy two. (Additional charges for extras. Free sub of equal/lesser price. At participating restaurants. No additional discount. Not valid on delivery.) Free delivery is also now available through all providers that are applicable to your market. Use promo code: SUBWAYNOW to waive all delivery fees on your next purchase. (Limited time
    only. Select areas. $0 Delivery fee. Other Services, fees & limitations may apply.)
    Please check the hours of operations at your local Subway restaurant.

All of the above have different charges per delivery, with some holding specials for a user’s first order.

Check the individual websites for more information on charges and delivery locations.
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FULL LIST OF LOCATIONS AND TIMES FOR FREE FOOD FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

The coronavirus has shut down schools across Colorado, but districts are making sure kids still have a way to get a meal.

11 News has compiled a complete list of schools, times, and a map for you to find out how your student(s) can obtain food while schools in El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties are closed.

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IS MY CONCERT CANCELLED?

You can check the status of your concerts HERE.

A Statement from AEG:

“Due to the recent COVID-19 mandate prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 people and above made by the
Governor of Colorado, the events at the following venues have been impacted:

Bluebird Theater, Gothic Theatre, Ogden Theatre, Mission Ballroom, 1STBANK Center
The affected venues will remain closed until the date(s) specified by the State of Colorado and public health and
safety officials, subject to ongoing reassessment.
Venues and events outside the end date of this moratorium may be impacted past the initial period, we will
update as more information is available.
Our hope is that we are able to reschedule as many of the affected events as possible. For information regarding
individual event dates during this applicable time period, up to date information will be reflected on each
respective venue’s website and ticket page. If new dates are announced, there is nothing ticket purchasers need
to do: tickets are valid for the new date and ticket purchasers to each respective event will be notified.
If a show cannot be rescheduled once the moratorium is lifted, a refund will automatically be issued to the
credit card you used to purchase, again within 30 business days.”

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BUSINESS & SCHOOL CLOSURES

Southern Colorado Business & Organization Closures:

NEWS 5 has compiled a list of closures. Check their site for the most up-to-date information.

Events

  • Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade postponed until September
  • The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center have suspended all events through April 13, 2020. The venues ask ticket purchasers to hold on to their tickets while they work to reschedule those events.

Schools and School Districts
All public school districts in El Paso County and Teller County will close for an extended Spring Break from March 16 to 27. This includes a cancellation of all athletic activities and practices. For specific information on a district, please visit their website.

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs will be remote working and learning for the rest of the semester. The in-person spring commencement ceremony is canceled. Athletic events are canceled for the remainder of the academic year. Only employees required to maintain campus safety and residential operations will continue to report to campus.
  • Colorado College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Distance learning only classes start back up on March 30.
  • Pikes Peak Community College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Further communication on distance learning only classes anticipated at a later date.
  • Colorado State University Pueblo is suspending all face-to-face communication from March 16 to May 1. All classes will move to online or distance learning formats.
  • Pueblo Community College is extending spring break from March 16 to 29. Most courses will shift to distance learning on March 30.
  • IntelliTec College – Beginning March 17, students will not be required to attend classes at all IntelliTec College locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

Libraries

  • Pueblo City-County Library District has closed all locations to the public beginning at 6 p.m. March 13 until Monday, March 30. Library events and classes will be suspended and meeting rooms closed until April 15.
  • Pikes Peak Library District has canceled all public programs, as well as meeting and study room reservations, effective March 16 until further notice.

City and County Government

  • All Pueblo County recreational facilities closed as of March 13
  • Pueblo County Assessor’s Office closing on March 16
  • Pueblo Library District is suspending all programs, classes, events, and outreach activities beginning March 13 thru April 15.
  • The 4th Judicial District in El Paso and Teller counties will be operating on an emergency basis. If you are summoned for jury service and are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, please do not report for jury service.
  • El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has announced temporary closures of all branch locations and suspension of Motor Vehicle, Driver’s License and Elections public facing services. The Recording Department at Citizens Service Center will offer very limited services. Marriage licenses can be obtained via appointment to couples only, family and friends will be prohibited. Other recording services are available; however, it is strongly advised citizens mail documents that need to be recorded or deposit them into the external drop box on the building’s east side. Access to buildings and in-person services will be reduced beginning March 18.

Colorado Government

  • Department of Corrections has suspended all visitations for all facilities. Officials are evaluating options for video visits and expanded telephone conversations. Legal visits will now be non-contact visits. Parolees who are sick, immune compromised, over 60, and/or considered to be at higher risk of infection will not be required to come into the parole office, but will still be required to maintain contact with their parole officer.
  • The Colorado legislature plans to adjourn for two weeks starting Sunday until March 30 over coronavirus concerns, lawmakers announced Friday afternoon.

Parks and Recreation

  • All youth and adult recreation programs and activities will be suspended until April 6.
  • The City Auditorium is closed until further notice.
  • Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain remains open to online reservations only. Visitors will not be able to pay via credit card or cash at the gate. Staff will encourage social distancing to all guests.
  • Sertich Ice Center is suspending all public programming beginning March 16 thru April 6
  • The Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park community centers are closed until further notice
  • The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is closed until further notice.
  • The Pioneers Museum is closed until further notice.
  • Facilities will undergo additional deep cleanings during the closures. For facilities that remain open, which includes but is not limited to parks, trails, and open spaces, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and personal hygiene practices and should stay home if they feel sick.
  • YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is closing from March 17 to April 18, offering critical child care. The Colorado Springs Senior Center will be closed through March 29
  • Bear Creek Nature Center temporarily closed to public until at least April 6. Trails will still be available.
  • Fountain Creek Nature Center is temporarily closed to public access until April 6. This time frame could be extended. The trails are still open to the public. All public programs until April 6 are canceled.
  • Manitou Incline is closed until further notice

Entertainment

  • Great Wolf Lodge is closing all resorts, including in Colorado Springs, effective Sunday, March 15. They expect to reopen April 2.
  • The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is closed temporarily and plans to reopen April 1

Military 

  • Peterson Air Force Base closing operation facilities
  • Fort Carson closing operation facilities
  • Schriever officials have taken additional actions to mitigate transmission of coronavirus and to preserve the base’s critical mission operations.There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Schriever AFB.
    • Leadership has directed the following actions to be implemented effective at midnight:
      • Restricted area access limited to specified mission essential personnel only.
      • Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed.
      • Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are canceled or postponed.
      • Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended.
      • The following agencies are available by appointment only:  50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center.
      • Facilities outside the restricted area, not specifically identified above, will remain open.  However, commanders and supervisors are minimizing the number of personnel in the work centers, primarily through telework.
      • The Satellite Dish Dining Facility will be limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and will be take-out only.
      • Food truck service will be suspended.
      • Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue.
      • Construction projects inside the RA are being considered on a case by case basis.

Military Installations

  • Air Force Academy closed to visitors starting March 13
  • Peterson AFB elevated its health protection condition to HPCON-Bravo.

Medical

  • UCHealth has adapted their hospital visitation policy to protect patients, visitors and staff. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. The restrictions are in place at Memorial Central, Memorial North, Grandview Hospital and at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Teller county.
  • Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo in no longer allowing children as visitors to the facility. Patients are allowed only one visitor in a 24-hour period. If visitors present symptoms of cold or flu, they will not be allowed in the hospital, regardless of age
  • Nursing Homes: If you wish to visit a loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, you are advised to call ahead to find out if visitation is allowed.
  • St Mary Corwin Medical Center is not allowing visitors at this time. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado is closing select locations to consolidate clinical services and limiting appointments and elective procedures/surgeries and diagnostic radiological studies. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Utility Companies
Pueblo Water is closing its offices to the public until further notice. All residential and commercial customer service will be handled via the phone, online, or through the drive-thru at the Alan C Hamel Administration building at 319 W 4th Street. Water bills may by paid via:

  • Drive Thru at 319 W. 4th Street
  • Drop Box located in the 3rd lane of the drive thru
  • Drop Box located near Pueblo Bank & Trust, off 5th Street
  • Automated Telephone System 719-584-0250, Option 1

Online Bill Pay link by visiting www.pueblowater.org.

Colorado Springs Utilities: All facilities are closed to the public, including the Customer Service Center at 111 S. Cascade Ave. and the Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Road through at least March 30. All residential and commercial customer service will be handled via the phone, and shut offs will be suspended and customers can contact with utilities customer service to get on a payment plan.

Fountain Utilities – lobby closed; in-home services suspended except for emergencies.

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STORES IN NEED OF NEW HIRES

More than 1,000 immediate openings are available at Safeway and Albertsons stores in Colorado. Positions for in-store employees, delivery drivers and distribution center employees need to be filled. In-store positions include deli, meat, bakery, produce, fuel stations and customer service departments, “drive up & go” and cashier or courtesy clerk. King Soopers is hiring for many positions as well.

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FOOD HELP INFORMATION

Colorado Springs Food Rescue is offering weekly no-cost grocery distribution programs Tuesday- Friday starting at 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at Noon until supplies run out.

Silver Key is offering their meals on wheels service for clients 60 years or older and their their food pantry programs.

Care and Share is open and so are most of their food pantry partners.

Pikes Peak United Way is offering several local resources for those seeking help with food, housing, utilities, clothing, transportation, taxes, mental health and more. Call 211 for more information.

Local business SOCO Heating and Cooling is offering free grocery delivery for all seniors. To request the service call them at 719-551-2232 or email office@socoheatingandcooling.com.

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DMV INFORMATION

El Paso County officials answered some common questions to guide drivers through the closure of county and state motor vehicle offices this week:

My license is set to expire while the DMV is closed, what should I do?

Drivers older than 21 can go online to mydmvcolorado.gov to renew their license, Chuck Broerman, El Paso County clerk and recorder, said. Drivers should keep the receipt they receive showing they have renewed their license and their old license with them until they receive a new license in the mail, he said. Normally, drivers are issued a temporary license by the DMV until their official license arrives.

I am eligible to get my learner’s permit, can I still get one?

No, the state is not set up to process the paperwork needed to get a learner’s permit remotely, Brett Maddy, assistant driver’s license supervisor said.

Can I buy car while the DMV is closed?

My vehicle registration is about to expire, what should I do?

Drivers can renew by mail, online, by phone at 719-520-6240 or use one of the DMV’s kiosks, Broerman said. Kiosks can be found at the three DMV offices at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., 8830 N. Union Blvd. and 5650 Industrial Place. They are also in three King Soopers: 6030 Stetson Hills Blvd., 2910 S. Academy Blvd. and 1070 W. Baptist Rd.

I have lost my license, what now?

Drivers who have lost their license can renew online. They can also carry an expired license with them and a receipt showing they renewed online, Maddy said. It would also be wise to carry alternative forms of ID, such as a passport or birth certificate, he said.

More information can be found at mydmv.colorado.gov or by calling 917-520-6240.
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DON’T GET SCAMMED! INFO ABOUT THE UPCOMING CHECKS TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY

The Federal Trade Commission issued a statement ahead of the planned checks coming to Americans, to help you stay safe from scammers.

“As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint

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TAX DEADLINE EXTENSION

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has extended the tax deadline from April 15 to July 15. 

All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

At the same time, he encouraged people who are set to receive refunds to file earlier so that they can get their money more quickly.

It’s not clear whether Mnuchin’s announcement has any bearing on state tax filing deadlines.
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STUDENT LOAN DEFERRAL

President Donald Trump announced that borrowers with federally held student loans will have the option to defer payments for 60 days with no penalty, and that could be extended further out if the president deems it necessary.

The forbearance period began on March 13 and will last at least 60 days, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Borrowers wishing to take advantage of the deferral option should contact their loan servicer.

Additionally, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has authorized that payments be automatically suspended for any borrower who is more than 31 days delinquent.

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GOODWILL CLOSING ITS DOORS

Goodwill announced its locations will close, but says programs classified as essential will remain open during this time, such as its Fresh Start Commercial Laundry. Programs remaining open are listed below:

Fresh Start Laundry
Document Imaging Services
Custodial services for the US Air Force Academy, Schriever Air Force Base, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Department of Transportation in Pueblo, and the Colorado Department of Transportation in Denver and Golden
Fresh Start Vehicle Maintenance (commercial vehicles critical to other non-profit agency needs)
Individuals with rehabilitation needs, critical life-sustaining medical transportation needs or developmental disabilities
Your Life Your Way
Residential Services
Community Transportation (GoodWheels)
Seniors, veterans and individuals with economic challenges who are looking for work or seeking to improve their careers (many of these services can be provided remotely)
Goodwill Staffing Services

IT Training (LIFT)
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP)
ReHire Colorado
BankWork$
Employment First
Statewide Employment Support & Job Retention
AgrAbility
Child Care Licensing
ESL Training
Goodwill Paths to Success (GPS)

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CHILD AND DOMESTIC ABUSE HELP FROM DHS AND TESSA

COVID-19 has closed the physical doors at domestic and child abuse shelters in El Paso County however the Department of Human Services and TESSA want people to know they are open at all times for people who need their help. The number to report child abuse 24/7 is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. If you are in need of domestic help, TESSA is available 24/7 at 719-633-3819.

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DONATE UNOPENED, SEALED MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Here’s how you can donate new, sealed personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, sterile gloves, disposable gowns, goggles and face shields: UChealth accepts items at a donation shed on the south side of the Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.The office of emergency management is accepting smaller donations from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 3755 Mark Dabling Blvd., and Centura Health will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at a drop box outside Penrose Hospital at 2222 N. Nevada Avenue.