According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 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), 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).
Along with other cases, the Grand County case was added to the list today. This is worth mentioning as drive-thru testing in the county has been closed due to an incoming snowstorm. Testing at the clinic is still possible for some.
The virus is most common in Eagle County where the rate of infection based on confirmed positive cases is 71.04 people per 100,000. Gunnison County follows at a rate of 64.02 people per 100,000 and Pitkin County ranks third at a rate of 61.36 people per 100,000.
All three of counties where the virus has the highest rate of infection are in ski country, with Eagle home to Vail and Beaver Creek, Pitkin is home to the Aspen properties, and Gunnison home to Crested Butte.
To help put these numbers into perspective, Denver’s rate of infection based on confirmed positive cases is 5.99 people per 100,000 – an increase from 5.29 per 100,000 at last report yesterday. Denver County’s population is 717,000.
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.
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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