UPDATES: Coronavirus In Colorado--Week Of Mon., May 18 - Sun., May 24

May 18, 2020

This post will be updated throughout the week.

Updated: Sun., May 24, 4:30 p.m.

---Latest Data Shows More Than 24,170 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are more than 21,170 known positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with those who tested positive and exhibited symptoms.

There are 4,119 people who have been hospitalized and 1,332 deaths in the state. 1,088 of those deaths are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has recently changed the way it reports these deaths to the public.

There are 264 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, including prisons and other facilities.

This data is complete through May 23.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1,505
  • Douglas – 675
  • Pueblo – 263
  • Chaffee – 70
  • Alamosa – 58
  • Elbert – 48 
  • Crowley – 62
  • Teller – 32
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 26
  • Otero – 14
  • Baca – 12
  • Prowers – 12 
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5
  • Costilla – 3
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2
  • Kiowa – 0

Updated: Sun., May 24, 8:30 a.m.

---El Paso County Restaurants Can Now Open Dining Rooms Following Social Distancing Guidelines---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved a restaurant variance request from El Paso County Public Health that allows restaurant dining rooms to open immediately with guidelines.

The variance request, submitted last week, was approved Saturday night. To ensure social distancing guidelines, restaurants must be at 50 percent or less capacity, with a max of 50 people in the space at one time. The guidelines also state restaurants must limit groups to no more than 10 people at one table. 

Updated: Sat., May 23, 4:30 p.m.

---Saturday's Data Shows Nearly 24,000 Cases Of COVID-19 In Colorado---

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are nearly 24,000 known positive cases of coronavirus in Colorado. This includes both people who have tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with those who tested positive and exhibited symptoms.

There are more than 4,100 people who have been hospitalized and 1,327 deaths in the state. 1,088 of those deaths are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has recently changed the way it reports these deaths to the public.

There are 263 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, including prisons and other facilities.

This data is complete through May 22.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1,493
  • Douglas – 675
  • Pueblo – 260
  • Chaffee – 70
  • Alamosa – 55
  • Elbert – 48 
  • Crowley – 57
  • Teller – 32
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 26
  • Otero – 14
  • Baca – 12
  • Prowers – 12 
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5
  • Costilla – 3
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2
  • Kiowa – 0

---Pueblo County COVID-19 Testing At Colorado State Fairground Ends Next Week---

The last day for coronavirus testing at the Colorado State Fairground is May 29, according to a press release from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. 

The testing center will be open next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. before closing. The testing site has treated around 2,550 people since opening on April 22.

Updated: Fri., May 22, 4:45 p.m.

---Updated Friday Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 23.487 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 is exhibiting symptoms.

4,082 people have been hospitalized and there have been 1324 deaths among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 1088 are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has changed the way it reports deaths related to COVID-19.

More than 142,667 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 260 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Thurs., May 21.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1460 (+32 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 669 (+6)
  • Pueblo – 248* (+17)
  • Chaffee – 69 (county health officials report 68)
  • Alamosa – 51
  • Elbert – 48 
  • Crowley – 44 (+1)
  • Teller – 32
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 26 (+1) 
  • Otero – 14
  • Baca – 12
  • Prowers – 11 
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5
  • Costilla – 3
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2
  • Kiowa – 0

* Health officials in Las Animas, Pueblo, and Bent counties are reporting cases not yet reflected in state data.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19. At least 682 people there have been tested.

---Bent County Testing Of Nursing Care Center Reveals No New Positives---

Results from mass testing of residents and employees of a nursing center in Bent County in which one resident recently tested positive for COVID-19 revealed no additional cases, according to county health officials. Until recently, the county was among a handful of counties in the state that had no known cases of COVID-19.

In an update on Friday, May 22, Bent County Public Health Executive Director Omer Tamir said the agency has concluded its investigation into the one known case among residents.

The individual at the care center tested positive on May 15, and upon a second test on May 18, tested negative.

All employees and residents were tested, including residents at the attached assisted living center, and all 141 tests came back negative.

While it is possible that original test was a false negative, Tamir writes that the patient could have been exposed while outside the facility in mid-April and could have been asymptomatic all along with "low shedding" of the virus.

Updated: Thurs., May 21, 8:45 p.m.

---Fremont County Variance Request Approved---

The state has granted a waiver to Fremont County, allowing the county to conduct its own phased reopening of businesses.  

The waiver request was sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in late April.

The waiver comes with additional conditions, including rules for gym or fitness center operations, restaurants, and places of worship.

Additionally, the waiver could be modified or rescinded if there's a surge in COVID-19 cases or other conditions change.

More information on Fremont County's regulations can be found here.

Updated: Thurs., May 21, 4:10 p.m.

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

There are 23.191 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 is exhibiting symptoms.

4,037 people have been hospitalized and there have been 1310 deaths among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 1062 are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has changed the way it reports deaths related to COVID-19.

More than 139,937 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 256 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Wed., May 19.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1428 (+42 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 663 (+4)
  • Pueblo – 232* (+9)
  • Chaffee – 69
  • Alamosa – 51 (+8)
  • Elbert – 48 
  • Crowley – 43 (+1)
  • Teller – 33 (+1)
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 26 (+1) 
  • Otero – 14 (+1)
  • Baca – 12
  • Prowers – 11 
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5*
  • Costilla – 3
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2*
  • Kiowa – 0

* Health officials in Las Animas, Pueblo, and Bent counties are reporting cases not yet reflected in state data.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19. At least 669 people there have been tested.

Update: Wed., May 20, 4:35 p.m.

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

There are 22,797 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 is exhibiting symptoms.

3,990 people have been hospitalized and there have been 1299 deaths among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 1001 are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has changed the way it reports deaths related to COVID-19.

More than 135,611 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 249 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Tues., May 18.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1386 (+29 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 659 (+5)
  • Pueblo – 223* (+4)
  • Chaffee – 69
  • Elbert – 48 (+1) 
  • Alamosa – 43
  • Crowley – 42 (+3)
  • Teller – 32 (+1)
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 25 
  • Baca – 12
  • Otero – 13 (+2)
  • Prowers – 11 
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5*
  • Costilla – 3
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2*
  • Kiowa – 0

* Health officials in Las Animas, Pueblo, and Bent counties are reporting cases not yet reflected in state data.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19. At least 638 people there have been tested.

Updated: Tue., May 19, 4:13 p.m.:

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

There are 22,482 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 is exhibiting symptoms.

3,955 people have been hospitalized and there have been 1257 deaths among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 968 are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has changed the way it reports deaths related to COVID-19.

More than 131,837 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 240 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Mon., May 18.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1357 (+43 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 654 (+5)
  • Pueblo – 219* (+2)
  • Chaffee – 69
  • Elbert – 47 
  • Alamosa – 43 (+1)
  • Crowley – 39
  • Teller – 31
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 25 
  • Baca – 12
  • Otero – 11
  • Prowers – 11 (+1)
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5*
  • Costilla – 4
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2*
  • Kiowa – 0

* Health officials in Las Animas County and Bent County are reporting cases not yet reflected in state data.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19. At least 631 people there have been tested.

Updated: Tue., May 19, 3:30 p.m.

---Three More Outbreaks In El Paso County---

Health officials in El Paso County say there are three new outbreaks of COVID-19. Three employees of a McDonald's near the intersection of Airport and Powers, two employees of Springs Fabrication near the Colorado Springs airport, and two residents of Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in the southern part of the city have all tested positive for COVID-19. 

Health officials define an outbreak as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 within fourteen days.

The announcement comes on the heels of two other outbreaks—one at Goodwill on Austin Bluffs, and another at a Walmart on Space Center Drive. Both of those locations have seen an additional positive case, bringing their totals to four each.

Health officials say anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested.

---Pueblo County Sees Another Outbreak At Assisted Living Facility—

The Columbine Chateau in Pueblo West has three residents and one staff member who have tested positive for COVID-19. An outbreak in a healthcare facility is defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 in residentswithin a 14-day period.

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment has requested the state health department to provide testing for all staff and residents of the facility. According to Pueblo health officials, the state will send testing materials to the facility directly.

Columbine Chateau is the second facility in Pueblo County with an outbreak. The first was Brookdale at El Camino, which was reported in early April.

Last updated: Mon., May 18, 4:25 p.m.

---Three Walmart Employees In Colorado Springs Test Positive For COVID-19---

Health officials in El Paso County say three employees at Walmart's Space Center Drive location have tested positive for COVID-19.

Because this is two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, health officials consider this an outbreak. Public Health says the agency is alerting anyone who may have visited this store between May 8 and May 13.

El Paso County Public Health says the store will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected this evening.

---Custer County Receives Waiver---

The state has granted a waiver to Custer County, allowing the county to conduct its own phased reopening of businesses.  

The waiver request was sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in late April, citing a steady known case count of two since the beginning of April, as well as the capability to test, isolate and quarantine individuals as necessary.

The waiver comes with additional conditions, including limiting businesses to 30 percent of fire code capacity, requiring employees and customers to wear facial coverings, and limiting groups to six members of a single household.

Additionally, the waiver could be modified or rescinded if there's a surge in COVID-19 cases or other conditions change.

Custer County health officials strongly remind residents that the variance does not mean everything is open as usual. Protection measures are in place, and additional guidance for businesses and places of worship is available on the county's dedicated COVID-19 site.

---State Health Department Encourages Anyone Experiencing Symptoms To Get Tested---

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is encouraging anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to speak with a health provider and get tested. 

Health officials say the state has increased access to testing supplies, and that "the state as a whole, including private partners, has the capacity to test all people with COVID-19 symptoms."

A continuously updated map of available testing sites is available here, though may not reflect private providers that haven't submitted information for inclusion. 

---Goodwill Store In Colorado Springs Sees Three COVID-19 Positive Employees---

Health officials in El Paso County say three employees at Goodwill on Austin Bluffs have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Because this is two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, health officials consider this an outbreak. Public Health says the agency is alerting anyone who may have visited this store in the last week, starting May 9.

El Paso County Public Health says the store and its donation center has closed temporarily for cleaning. It will reopen under the guidance of Public Health.

Updated: 4:10 p.m.

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

There are 22,202 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 is exhibiting symptoms.

3,899 people have been hospitalized and there have been 1224 deaths among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 921 are directly a result of COVID-19. The state has changed the way it reports deaths related to COVID-19.

More than 129,159 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 228 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Sun., May 17.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 1314 (+34 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 649 (+9)
  • Pueblo – 217
  • Chaffee – 69
  • Elbert – 47 (+2) 
  • Alamosa – 42 (+1)
  • Crowley – 39
  • Teller – 31
  • Kit Carson – 26
  • Fremont – 25 
  • Baca – 12
  • Otero – 11
  • Prowers – 10
  • Cheyenne – 5
  • Las Animas – 5*
  • Costilla – 4
  • Huerfano – 3
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Bent – 2*
  • Kiowa – 0

* Health officials in Las Animas County and Bent County are reporting cases not yet reflected in state data.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19. At least 524 people there have been tested.