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Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2020

More than 95,000 people have been infected with coronavirus in Colorado since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we’re updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.


Latest updates:

Monday, Oct. 26

5:07 p.m. | Brighton closing all city buildings due to coronavirus outbreak

The city of Brighton is temporarily closing all city facilities due to employees testing positive for COVID-19. These buildings will be closed effective immediately:

  • Brighton City Hall, 500 S. 4th Ave.
  • Historic City Hall, 22 S. 4th Ave.
  • Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N. 11th Ave.
  • Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Parkway
  • Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St.

The Brighton Police Department will remain open for essential public services, officials said.

The city’s municipal court will close on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Any cases or hearings that were scheduled for Oct. 27 will be rescheduled to a later date and notices will be sent to the address on the summons. If the address needs to be changed, please email the court at municourt@brightonco.gov.

5:01 p.m. | Elbert County’s COVID-19 cases report sharply due to data error with tests

Elbert County officials say they are examining a surge in reported cases of the novel coronavirus due to a data error with tests conducted by Kaiser Permanente.

County officials said last Friday, the CDPHE told the county it discovered that Kaiser’s test results had not been included in the state’s daily data since Oct. 1 due to file formatting issues.

“This may indicate that there has been more community transmission in Elbert County than previously reported, and that more individual precautions to prevent unchecked spread of the virus may be necessary,” county officials said in a news release.

County officials noted that with the inclusion of the unreported numbers, the county has exceeded its Safer-at-Home Level 1 metrics and the county’s public health department is examining current mitigation and containment efforts.

The county says its two-week cumulative incidence rate is 101.18 cases per 100,000 people.

“This rate is the highest the county has seen since the start of the pandemic, and shifts the county to “Safer at Home Level 2: Concern” on the Colorado COVID-19 dial. Elbert County’s two-week average positivity rate – the rate at which residents receive positive test results – is 5.02%, which exceeds the threshold indicating community control of virus spread,” the deputy county manager said.

The county said it encourages citizens to continue to make good decisions and help reduce the risk of transmission.

4 p.m. | Colorado reports highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases

Colorado saw its largest single-day increase in novel coronavirus cases with 2,102 reported on Monday, plus an additional 109 which state health officials added due to a backlog in the system they are working to correct. The average number of tests that have come back positive over the past week rose to 6.67%, nearly 2% what state health officials say is recommended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and suggests that the state is missing significant numbers of infections within the community.

97,300 cases (+2,211)

8,658 hospitalized (+36)

64 counties (+0)

1,168,725 tested (+19,096)

1,874,101 test encounters (+31,847)

2,226 deaths among cases (+3)

2,082 deaths due to COVID-19 (+6)

1,064 outbreaks (+7)

The latest hospital data shows 591 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients – 5 more than Sunday with 50 patients discharged or transferred from hospitals over the past 24 hours and 83% of state hospitals reporting. Sunday’s three-day average positivity rate in Colorado was 7.22%. The seven-day average positivity rate was 6.67%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

Click here to explore the latest COVID-19 case data for Colorado.

2:45 p.m. | Denver, Boulder counties warn of new restrictions if number of coronavirus cases isn’t decreased

Denver and Boulder counties warned of tighter restrictions if the recent surge of infections and hospitalizations across both counties isn’t brought to a halt soon.

Though the City and County of Denver’s Twitter page, officials said the city’s COVID-19 situation was “looking bad” and warned that the recent surge in infections and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, “could force us into another Stay at Home order.”

City officials urged Denverites to do better by continuing to wear a mask, maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet, and practice good hygiene by washing hands for 20 seconds.

Denver reported 314 cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, a number not since the pandemic arrived to Colorado on March 5. It also reported 98 hospitalizations on the same day, a number not seen since May 25.

From their part, Boulder County officials said their county could move to a Safer-at-Home Level 3 on the state’s COVID-19 dial, the highest risk level before stay-at-home mandates are imposed by the state, if the number of cases and hospitalizations aren’t brought down.

As of Monday, Boulder County reported 174.5 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, up from 135.7 last Thursday, county health officials said.

“The five-day rolling average of daily cases among county residents is 52.6 cases per day, which is higher than any other time except during the height of the surge of new cases among young adults,” they said in a statement.

“We are hearing that local health care workers are exhausted,” said Chris Campbell, Boulder County Public Health emergency manager. “If more people require hospital care, our medical system may not have the staffing to adequately care from them.”

Jeff Zayach, the Boulder County Public Health executive director, urged people to stay home as much as possible and to not go to any gatherings.

“Staying home is the best thing we can do. If you have to go out, please social distance and wear a mask,” he said.

A move to a Safer-at-Home Level 3 would reduce capacity across restaurants, retail and personal services, and would prohibit group sport, gym or fitness activities indoors and reduce the number of people partaking in such activities outdoors to 10 or fewer.

1:50 p.m. | Trump Administration sending 1,730,000 antigen tests to Colorado

The Trump Administration on Monday said it was sending 1,730,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests to Colorado. The Abbott tests are a point-of-care antigen test that can diagnose a COVID-19 infection in about 15 minutes, according to Health and Human Services.

Gov. Jared Polis will distribute the tests as a way to boost testing among K-12 students, teacher, nursing home patients and staff, colleges and first responders, officials said.

1:45 p.m. | COVID-19 outbreak confirmed among El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

Eight employees at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff’s office confirmed Monday. The employees were both sworn deputies and civilian staffers with various assignments, including court and transport, floor security, patrol, tactical support unit and the communications center.

All infected employees have either recovered and returned to work or are recovering and doing well, officials said.

The sheriff’s office has had 19 employees and three inmates test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That includes Deputy Jeff Hopkins, who died of COVID-19 in April.

1:30 p.m. | State-run COVID-19 testing centers closed Monday for weather

The five state-run COVID-19 testing centers in Colorado were closed Monday due to winter weather and bad road conditions.

The state-run sites are Water World in Adams County, Aurora Sports Park, the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, the Stazio Ball Fields in Boulder County and the Public Health Office in Fremont County.

There are still more than 50 free community testing sites across the state. Go here for a list of locations.

Go here for coronavirus updates for Oct. 19-Oct. 25, 2020.

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