Coronavirus in Colorado: Monday, October 19 evening update

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A rendering of coronavirus via the CDC.

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

Cases: 86,374 (+1,072 from Sunday)
Hospitalizations: 8,248 (+21)
Counties: 64 
People tested: 1,089,442 (+9,284)
Deaths among cases: 2,180 (+4), Deaths due to COVID-19: 2,051 (+9)
Outbreaks: 955 (+9)

As of today, El Paso County has reported 8,582 cases (+123 from Sunday) and 188 deaths (+1); Pueblo County has reported 1,614 cases (+32) and 40 deaths (unchanged); Teller County has reported 195 cases (+3) and four deaths (unchanged).

Pueblo County currently has 21 active outbreaks and 17 resolved outbreaks. Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced four new COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County since Thursday, October 15. The outbreaks were reported at Team Select Home Health Care, Pueblo Housing Authority, Life Care Center of Pueblo, and Refrigeration Equipment Inc. Outbreaks at Team Select Home Healthy, Pueblo Housing Authority, and Life Care Center of Pueblo were identified on October 16. The outbreak at Refrigeration Equipment Inc. was identified on October 19.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment an outbreak in a facility is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 during a 14-day period. To date, Team Select Home Health Care, Pueblo Housing Authority, Life Care Center of Pueblo, and Refrigeration Equipment each have at least two positive cases. Pueblo County has had 38 reported outbreaks, 21 are active and 17 have been resolved.

The total number of patients in Colorado currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 381 on Monday, the highest figure since May. The number of new cases each day over the last week has been about 1,000 daily.

“These numbers are definitely a concern for us. We need everyone to follow public health guidance to control disease transmission and ensure that health care and public health capacity isn’t strained,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. “We also want Coloradans who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to get tested.”

The testing positivity rate for today also is up, at 6.24%. The seven-day average is 5.45%. The higher positivity rate also indicates disease transmission is increasing and that more cases may be going undetected. To improve our ability to respond through public health efforts like contract tracing, more people need to get tested. 

Anyone who may have been exposed to the virus, but does not have symptoms, should get tested 7 days after suspected exposure. People exposed should quarantine for a full 14 days, regardless of test results. People who have symptoms should get tested right away.

People can get tested at the more than 50 community test sites throughout the state. The sites offer free testing to anyone. People can find the nearest testing site by going to https://covid19.colorado.gov

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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