News about COVID-19 in Colorado continues to break, with another death being reported by The Gazette.
According to live updates from The Gazette, a second resident of El Paso County has died from the new coronavirus. The deceased was a male in his 60s that had come in direct contact with the woman that died in El Paso County last week. This is the 3rd death in the state.
The Deputy Medical Director for El Paso County Public Health, Dr. Leon Kelly, also announced that there are now 11 cases of COVID-19 that have been identified in El Paso County, adding to yesterday’s official announcement of 8 cases. El Paso County is home to Colorado Springs.
Prior to this update on El Paso County, it was announced that there have now been 216 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Colorado. Of these cases, 26 people have been hospitalized and two people have died. The virus is present in 20 counties. In total, 2,328 people have been tested in the state.
The virus is currently present in the following counties: Denver (43 cases), Eagle (39 cases), Jefferson (25 cases), Arapahoe (22 cases), Pitkin (11 cases), Gunnison (11 cases), Douglas (11 cases), Adams (10 cases), Weld (9 cases), El Paso (8 cases + 4 more pending CDPHE reporting), Boulder (7 cases), Summit (4 cases), Larimer (4 cases), Unknown (3 cases), Routt (2 cases), Garfield (2 cases), Clear Creek (2 cases), Pueblo (1 case), Grand (1 case), and Mesa (1 case).
Widespread shutdowns have occurred across Colorado, with restaurants and bars under ordered closure to dine-in patrons for 30 days. During this time, establishments are able to sell food via take-out or delivery. Many breweries around the state continue to sell beer to-go.
Yesterday, the Manitou Incline was shut down due to lack of sanitation options at the attraction. Other natural spots, including National Parks, have been impacted by the outbreak. While some cancelations and service shutdowns have taken place at National Parks, National Parks have waived entrance fees to promote ‘social distancing.”
It was announced that Red Rocks Amphitheatre would be suspending all shows for an extended period of time and that some DMV offices would shut down. Even court cases faced delays.
The major disruption in events is in-part due to a “social distancing” recommendation that states people should be at least six feet apart from each other. A limitation on gatherings larger than 50 is also a new rule that’s being put in place at an increasing number of places around the state.
The serious actions taken by the state in attempt to limit the spread of the new coronavirus have drawn praise and criticism. A common concern that has been voiced is the potential economic impact that will likely result from the shutdown of all restaurants, bars, and gyms across the state.
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