Coronavirus in Colorado: Monday, May 18 evening update

Coronavirus

DENVER — According to updated data released Monday by the state, the current coronavirus case summary reads as follows:

22,202 cases* (+264 from Sunday)
3,899 hospitalized (+27)
60 counties (unchanged)
129,159 people tested** (+2,829)
1,224 deaths (+9) among cases 921 deaths due to COVID-19 (determined by the CDC and updated through the previous Saturday)
228 outbreaks 

*The number of cases includes people who have had a test that indicated they were positive for COVID-19. The number of cases also includes epidemiologically-linked cases — or cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive. The number of epidemiologically-linked cases represents a very small portion of the reported cases.

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results. 

More DATA can be found here.

Pueblo County has a total of 217 confirmed positive and probable* cases among Pueblo County residents. The total number of people testing, 3,471is not reflective of everyone testing negative in Pueblo County.

Gov. Polis and the Colorado COVID Relief Fund today announced the third round of grants given to Colorado organizations working with those who have been impacted by the coronavirus. 

“We’re excited to announce this new round of grants to help those impacted by COVID-19,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We know this is a difficult time for many Coloradans and these organizations are on the ground, working in their communities to provide support. It’s times like these when we see the best in each other, when we lend a helping hand to one another. We want to thank everyone who has donated their money and time to help provide relief to Coloradans across our state.”

Through three rounds, the Fund received 2,451 applications for a total request of $54.2 million. 505 organizations have received grants for a total of $11.1 million. Grants have been disbursed to organizations located in 56 counties in Colorado that are serving all 64 counties.

Funds for deadline four (Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. MT) will be distributed in the Impact and Recovery priority categories. Funds for deadline four are intended for community-based organizations mitigating impact and preparing for recovery.

To see the full list of grantees in Cycle 3, click here.

Governor Announces Expanded Testing Capacity; Anyone Who is Symptomatic Should Get Tested

Governor Jared Polis announced today that Colorado now as the supplies and capacity to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. Polis set a goal in late April to test all symptomatic individuals and now with increased capacity, the governor is now urging anyone with symptoms to get tested for the virus. Colorado now has the ability to test: any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms; any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder; any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working, per state or employer guidelines. The four ways testing is available in Colorado is health care providers, local community-based testing sites, specialized testing sites and private sector partners.

Governor’s Office to Release Draft Restaurant Guidance

The Governor’s Office will release on Tuesday draft restaurant guidance and solicit feedback prior to creating a final document. The guidance will be provided to restaurants when they are allowed to re-open. Implementation dates will not be set and will be subject to change based on the trajectory of the epidemiology.

Governor Extends Order Requiring Critical Business Workers to Wear Face Coverings

Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order on Sunday to extend the order requiring workers at critical businesses to wear non-medical face coverings while at work and to wear gloves (if gloves are provided by an employer) when in contact with customers or goods. The order is designed to help protect workers and residents in long-term care facilities and many other critical industries. Other orders signed by the Governor on Sunday can be found on the COVID19.colorado.gov.

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