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Updated 4:30 p.m.
Known Positive COVID-19 Cases Rise To 16,635 In Colorado
There are 16,635 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and exhibit symptoms. That's an increase of 410 cases since yesterday.
2,799 people have been hospitalized and 842 people have died thus far due to the virus in Colorado. There are 163 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities. Data is complete through May 2.
In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:
- El Paso – 994 (+6 increase over yesterday)
- Douglas – 526 (+8)
- Pueblo – 158 (+8)
- Chaffee – 67
- Teller – 28
- Elbert – 31
- Fremont – 22
- Kit Carson – 21
- Alamosa – 12 (+1)
- Baca – 12 (+2)
- Otero – 10
- Lincoln – 3
- Costilla – 3
- Las Animas – 3
- Crowley – 4 (+1)
- Custer – 2
- Huerfano – 2
- Prowers – 1
- Kiowa – 0
‘We’re Not Heroes; We’re Sacrificial.’ Workers Carry The Burden Of Colorado’s Food Supply Chain
Colorado’s place in the global food chain grabbed national attention on April 10, when Vice President Mike Pence discussed the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at Greeley’s JBS meatpacking plant. At the time, 14 JBS employees had been hospitalized, and dozens had tested positive. By the end of that day, two employees had died.
"All the people that are working in food supply—from farmers to meatpackers to distributors to truckers to grocers—continue to have our gratitude," Pence said. Health officials shut down the JBS plant, which remained closed for around two weeks.
Around the country, crowded food facilities like the JBS plant have seen COVID-19 spread through the ranks of their essential workers. It’s put a spotlight on the safety of the supply chain and the workers who forge that chain every day. And while supplies are still holding up overall, officials worry about future shortages, and places where the chain’s links could break.