Coronavirus in Colorado: Monday update

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

Colorado Case Summary (Updated 3/23/20 at 10:17 p.m.) 
Note: This summary only includes data through 3/22 and does not reflect cases since then.  

720 cases
72 hospitalized
31 counties
6,224 people tested
9 deaths
5 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

According to the report, there are 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso County, three confirmed cases in Pueblo County, and three confirmed cases in Teller County.

A 50th Space Wing government civilian at Schriever Air Force Base has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in isolation at home since March 17 and is receiving care in accordance with CDC, Force Health Protection and 21st Medical Group guidelines.

“This is exactly why we have taken the serious precautions we have to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus,” said Col. James Smith, installation commander. “We remain committed to preserving our team members’ ability to provide for our nation’s defense and sustain current worldwide military missions.”

Additionally, Smith declared a Public Health Emergency at Schriever.  This will largely be transparent to base members as leadership leaned forward in closing base facilities, restricting movement and implementing isolation and quarantine where appropriate.

On Peterson Air Force Base, an active duty service member and a dependent have tested positive for COVID-19. These two confirmed cases are unrelated. Both individuals are quarantined and receiving support and medical care in accordance with CDC, Force Health Protection and 21st Medical Group guidelines.

“We are doing everything we can to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Department of the Air Force personnel and their families live, work and attend school in this community and we are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of this virus,” said Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander. “We remain in close coordination with our interagency partners, and public health authorities to ensure the wellbeing of our military force, their families and our community.”

UPDATE:

Late Monday night, Colorado’s eighth and ninth coronavirus deaths were reported. One case was in El Paso County; the other was in Gunnison County.

The El Paso County patient was a man in his 80s. The Gunnison County patient was a man in his 50s. According to health officials, he died about 10 days ago but the COVID-19 test just came back positive.

In accordance with Governor Polis’ executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order implementing a 50% reduction in non-essential business in-person work and increasing social distancing.

In order to protect public health and safety and slow the spread of COVID-19, the public health order increases social distancing and identifies critical workplaces that are exempt to make sure Colorado can provide goods and services to its people during the COVID-19 response.

“We call on Colorado business leaders to join us in these efforts,” says Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Help us protect Coloradans by using your best judgment about where your workplace fits in this public health order. It’s up to all of us to keep our workforce, partners, and the public safe.”

The state also provided a map that shows where, in Colorado, confirmed cases have, so far, appeared.

However, as of Monday, the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed a positive case. It is an adult woman. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure.

Anyone who begins to feel sick is asked to follow these guidelines.

Remember, it is up to the community to help curb the spread of COVID-19, and simple ways to do so can be found here.

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