Coronavirus in Colorado: Tuesday, March 31 update

Coronavirus

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

Colorado Case Summary (Updated 3/31/20 at 4:00 p.m.)
Note: This summary only includes data through 3/30 and does not reflect cases since then.  

2,966 cases* (+339)
509 hospitalized (+95)
50 counties (+3)
16,849 people tested (+1485)
69 deaths (+18)
16 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities (+2)

*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.

El Paso County has the most reported deaths at 13, Pueblo has 2 deaths and Teller County has one.

Governor Jared Polis urged the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security requesting automatic extensions of work authorizations for all Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients whose grants expire in 2020.

“Coloradans face unprecedented challenges to their economic and social lives, and this extension would provide some needed stability to our businesses and residents who benefit from opportunities that DACA provides,” the Governor wrote to Acting Secretary Wolf.

Since DACA was established in 2012, nearly 15,000 Dreamers living in Colorado have been able to continue their studies, work, and contribute to the country they call home. 

“About 15,000 DACA recipients call Colorado home, and many of them are employed in key industries and critical occupations, such as health care practitioners and support occupations, that help Colorado face our current challenges. Facing a global pandemic takes all Americans, and all Coloradans, and this includes those residents who currently are able to contribute to help us in our shared challenges because of their ability to apply their education and training to our workforce in these unprecedented times through the DACA program,” the letter continued.  

View the letter here.

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.

Local law enforcement is not stopping individuals to verify work credentials. Nor is local law enforcement directing people out walking to stay at home. 

Mental Health Resources are available in Pueblo, contact your mental health care provider. Services are also available through Health Solutions at 719-545-2746 www.health.solutions.  

Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced no additional positive COVID-19 cases for Pueblo County. A positive case of a 56-year-old female reported on Monday should’ve been reported as a 36-year-old female. 

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:   

All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is answering questions 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday 719-583-4444

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