Coronavirus in Colorado: Wednesday, July 15 evening update

Coronavirus

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

38,155 cases* (+469 from Tuesday)
5,950 hospitalized (-13)
62 counties (unchanged)
413,187 406,967 people tested** (+6,220)
1,744 deaths (+6) among cases, 1,601 deaths (+7) due to COVID-19
414 outbreaks (+11)

*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.

El Paso County has reported 3,216 positive cases (+48) and 118 deaths (+1).

Pueblo County has reported 461 positive cases (+11) and 32 deaths (unchanged).

Health Department Provides Printable Resource Guides

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment has a number of resource guides for individuals, employees and employers on its website at www.pueblohealth.org. Flyers, fact sheets and printable resources regarding the variances, guidance for specific businesses and operations. Among the printable resources is a health screening log for employers, flyers for food facilities, isolation and quarantine guidelines and hygiene and proper handwashing procedures. Several of the flyers are also available in Spanish.

New Law Provides Guaranteed Paid Sick Leave for All Colorado Employees

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday that establishes a new law “Healthy Families and Workplaces Act”,   which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under various circumstances. All employers in Colorado will provide up to 48 hours of paid sick leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law also outlines provisions for paid sick leave accruals and how employees may use the paid accrued sick leave. To view the law click here.

Mask Up Pueblo Campaign Kicks Off

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a new social media campaign designed to highlight why community leaders and the general public are wearing a mask. All individuals wearing a mask are encouraged to share a picture of themselves with their mask and a short message about why they are wearing a mask. The photos will be featured on the PDPHE Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MaskUpPueblo. View the first post on Facebook here. Submit photos and captions to sarah.joseph@pueblocounty.us.

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