DENVER (AP) — Officials in five Denver area counties announced stay at home orders on Wednesday that will restrict the movement of more than 2 million people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The orders from health departments covering Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson counties go into effect Thursday and follow a stay at home order for Denver, which took effect Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, Colorado had more than 900 cases of the virus and 11 people have died, according to the state health department.
In other developments:
— Medical staffers based at Colorado’s Fort Carson are being deployed to Washington State to back up doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients in one of the nation’s hardest hit areas. More than 300 members of the 627th Hospital Center will head to Washington to provide supplemental routine and emergency medical care to help free up Washington providers to focus on detecting and treating patients believed to have been exposed to COVID-19, Fort Carson announced Tuesday.
Within hours of deploying, the unit is capable of establishing a 148-bed full-service hospital even in the most austere conditions, according to The Gazette of Colorado Springs. The hospitals can be in customized tents or repurposed civilian buildings.
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