Coronavirus In CO-April 7 Updates

Apr 7, 2020

This post will continue to be updated throughout the day.

---Over A Thousand Hospitalized Due To COVID-19 In Colorado---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released the latest numbers on coronavirus in the state, where over a thousand people have been hospitalized due to the virus. 

The number of known, positive cases rose to a little over 5,400, and there were 179 deaths reported. These numbers are measured through April 6, and include both people who tested positive for the virus as well as people who were highly likely to have been infected due to symptoms and contact with someone who tested positive.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are the following:

  • El Paso – 457 
  • Douglas – 232 
  • Pueblo – 46*  
  • Chaffee – 22 
  • Teller – 12 
  • Baca – 9
  • Elbert – 9
  • Kit Carson – 5
  • Alamosa – 4
  • Otero – 4 
  • Fremont – 4
  • Costilla – 3
  • Custer – 2 
  • Huerfano – 1
  • Crowley – 1 
  • Lincoln – 1 
  • Las Animas – 1
  • Prowers – 0 
  • Kiowa – 0 

*The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment reported 46 cases of COVID-19 in the county, two cases which are not reflected in the state data due to the collection period.

---Gov. Polis Extends Stay-At-Home Order, Says There's A Silver Lining---

Gov. Jared Polis is extending the stay-at-home order for Colorado until April 26, which is an additional two weeks than the original order. He made the announcement Monday evening in an address to Coloradans. 

"If there is any way to safely end it sooner, then we will," he said.

He also indicated though, that if residents aren't staying home, then it could be extended further.

Polis also said that he is "beyond furious" to shut down significant portions of the economy. "But if the choice is between a temporary shutdown and a catastrophic loss of life, the choice is clear. These closures and restrictions will be temporary. But when you lose a life, you lose it forever."

Polis also said there is a silver lining. "The data is telling us that thanks to the actions we have taken, we're starting to make progress."

Data, Polis said, shows in the beginning, the number of positive cases was doubling every 1.5 days, whereas today, the number of positive cases is doubling every six days.

Polis, along with health officials, continues to stress the benefits of hand washing, wiping down surfaces, and avoiding touching your face. He also reiterated that residents should stay home, and if necessary to venture out, to practice social distancing and wear a cloth facial covering or mask that can be made from an old t-shirt or even a scarf.

---Latest Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows 5172 known cases of COVID-19 in the state, which includes both positive tests and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

994 people are hospitalized and 150 people have died. There are 41 known outbreaks in at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities.

Data is complete through Sun., April 5.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are the following:

  • El Paso – 441 
  • Douglas – 227 
  • Pueblo – 45*  
  • Chaffee – 22 
  • Teller – 11 
  • Baca – 9
  • Elbert – 9
  • Kit Carson – 5
  • Alamosa – 4
  • Otero – 4 
  • Costilla – 3
  • Otero – 4 
  • Fremont – 3
  • Custer – 2 
  • Huerfano – 1
  • Crowley – 1 
  • Lincoln – 1 
  • Las Animas – 1
  • Prowers – 0 
  • Kiowa – 0 

* Health officials in Pueblo County released data Monday that is not yet reflected in the state data.