COVID-19 roundup for May 21: July 4th concert and fireworks tradition to continue

As of May 20, Colorado has seen 23,191 COVID-19 cases.

The state reports COVID-19 deaths in two ways: the number of people who died with COVID-19 (although COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death listed on the death certificate), and the number of people whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on a death certificate.

CDPHE was reporting 1,310 deaths of people who had COVID-19 when they died, and 1,062 deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 through May 18.

Statewide, 139,937 people have been tested for the disease and 4,037 people have been hospitalized.

In El Paso County as of May 21, 1,451 COVID-19 cases have been reported; 240 people have hospitalized and 88 people have died.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
has awarded a total of $2.9 million to 59 rural health clinics in Colorado to expand COVID-19 testing access in rural communities.

The funding comes from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act and is in addition to the $159 million provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, more than $11.7 million provided by HHS earlier this month to Colorado community health centers, and more than $10 million provided by the CDC in April to increase Colorado’s testing capability.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic
and Colorado Springs Sports Corporation have created a plan to bring the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks to residents across El Paso County.

“Instead of a limited crowd being the only group to enjoy the holiday, residents will be able to stay home, stay healthy and continue to enjoy fireworks being displayed at nine locations throughout the Pikes Peak region,” Mayor John Suthers said.

With crowd gathering restrictions impacting large-scale special events during the pandemic, the annual Fourth of July Symphony in the Park in Memorial Park won’t take place this year.

But the tradition will continue with a patriotic concert being broadcast as fireworks light up the night sky.

Residents are encouraged to celebrate the Fourth of July from their porches and look to one of the nine locations displaying fireworks while tuning their radios to Sunny 106.3 FM, Y96.9 FM, KCME 88.7 FM, 92.9 Peak FM or AM 740 KVOR to hear the concert broadcast.

The fireworks will be broadcast by KKTV with live reports and footage from select fireworks locations.

“The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has been performing for the city’s residents on the Fourth of July for 47 years and is pleased to continue this tradition in ways that will reach the broader community,” Philharmonic President and CEO Nathan Newbrough said.

The following locations will be hosting fireworks displays, weather permitting, with restricted onsite access:

* This article was originally published here

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