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Gov. Jared Polis signed bills in two different spots in Pueblo County Monday.

At Musso Farms he signed a host of bills aimed at boosting rural economies, helping small communities afford costs and peace officer training programs.

Later in the day, Polis made a stop at Pueblo Community College to sign some educational legislation into law. Polis also signed bills in Colorado Springs, in Trinidad, and ended the day at 7 p.m. with a signing ceremony in Denver.

Gov. Jared Polis this week issued guidance to allow for outdoor visitation at residential care facilities that have been under strict lockdowns with limited visitation since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early March.

Standards for the visits include: The facility cannot have outdoor visitation if it had any recent positive cases or outbreaks and has not completed the required isolation period of 14 days. Facilities with active cases are not allowed to offer visit.

All visits must be scheduled. Prior to the visits, facilities must provide information about COVID-19, and instructions for self-screening on the day of the visit,social distancing, mask-wearing, and details about the visit.

The visitor must be greeted outside at a designated area by facility staff, and the staff member will perform a temperature check and symptom screening.

All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering. All staff and the resident must wear a surgical or cloth mask unless doing so would inhibit the resident’s health.

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment last Friday reported another death related to coronavirus.

A 74-year-old woman died of complications from the virus, according to the health department, bringing the total amount of deaths in Pueblo County to 28. Friday marked exactly three months since the first coronavirus death in Pueblo was reported.

The 28 deaths here include 15 individuals who are 80 years of age and older; seven over 70 years old; three in their 60s; and three in their 50s.

The health department also announced 10 new positive virus cases since its last update on Wednesday, bringing the total amount of cases to 379. More than 7,500 total tests have been conducted in Pueblo County to date.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center will present “Inspiration: Dale Chihuly, James Mongrain and Vintage Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection” in the Mahlon T. & Maylan White Gallery from Wednesday through May 9.

Admission for Wednesday and Thursday will be for arts center members only, and July 3 opens to the public, according to arts center spokesperson Alyssa Parga. The display will be at the Arts Center for 10 months.

Tinseltown has set July 10 as the date for reopening their theatre. The date picked was based on the latest state and local guidelines.

In a variance Pueblo County submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that has been approved, theaters are allowed to open again but under safety requirements.

In order to achieve 6-foot social distancing, the theater will have to limit attendance to 50% of the posted occupancy.

On May 29 the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment indicated that the University Park Care Center, 945 Desert Flower Blvd., had one staff member and two residents that tested positive for COVID-19.

As of last Thursday, 34 residents have tested positive along with 12 staff members.

The outbreak at University Park Care Center, classified as a skilled nursing facility, is one of five outbreaks that have occurred in Pueblo County since the pandemic began.

An outbreak in a facility is defined as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents in a 14-day period.

Brookdale El Camino, 4723 Surfwood Lane, an assisted living facility, has had five deaths from complications of the virus as well as nine staff members testing positive.

That outbreak has since been resolved and is no longer active, according to the health department. Once there are no new illnesses at a facility for 28 straight days, the outbreak is classified as being over

District 60 has been approved to receive two new Building Excellent Schools Today grants to the tune of $30 million. That money will be used to help build two new schools: Franklin School of Innovation and Sunset Park Elementary.

When voters approved the building of two new high schools last fall that set-in motion the opportunity to receive matching funds to rebuild two more schools.

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