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Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for June 7-June 13, 2021

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-12 19:26:42-04

More than 500,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 27,000 have been hospitalized as of Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.


Latest updates:

Saturday, June 12

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Saturday, with the change from Friday in parentheses:

550,618 cases (+60)
30,879 hospitalized (+17)
64 counties (+0)
3,115,197 people tested (+3,752)
8,810,572 test encounters (+17,013)
6,688 deaths among cases (+11)
6,844 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
5,464 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data showed 384 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 7 fewer than Thursday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.46%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Saturday, 3,119,692 people in Colorado had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,732,346 people had been fully vaccinated.

Friday, June 11

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Friday, with the change from Thursday in parentheses:

550,014 cases (+930)
30,862 hospitalized (+40)
64 counties (+0)
3,111,445 people tested (+4,874)
8,793,559 test encounters (+21,099)
6,677 deaths among cases (+11)
6,844 deaths due to COVID-19 (+14)
5,464 outbreaks (+4)

The latest hospital data showed 402 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 18 fewer than Friday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.42%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Friday, 3,128,011 people in Colorado had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,747,581 people had been fully vaccinated.

3:25 p.m. | Colorado launching 5 additional mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The state of Colorado is launching five additional vaccine clinics as part of his "Vaccines for All" effort. The newest vaccine clinics launched at the beginning of June in the metro area, in northeast and south central Colorado. Two more will launch next week in Mesa County and the Denver suburbs. While clinics do accept walk-ins, appointments are still recommended, the governor's office said in a statement.

1:55 p.m. | Stephanie Ward named second million-dollar winner of Colorado Comeback Cash lottery

Stephanie Ward, a Littleton mother of two who works two jobs along with her husband, is the second Coloradan to win $1 million through the Colorado Comeback Cash lottery for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ward said during a news conference Friday in which she was announced as the winner that she and her family decided to get vaccinated together after some initial hesitation in order to “return to normalcy and protect the elders we love” and after they decided together that the benefits outweighed the fears they had.

The pandemic has been challenging for the family of four, Ward said. Her daughter graduated high school last spring after moving to online courses to finish out the year, then had to attend most of her classes in her first year at Colorado State University from her dorm room.

Stephanie Ward wins second million-dollar Colorado Comeback Cash drawing

Her son had to undergo the ordeal of going from remote learning to a hybrid schedule, missing out on socializing with his friends and classmates, to finishing out this school year in-person, which Ward said was “wonderful.” Extended family members could not attend most of his football games, and she had to buy a weight bench for him so he could keep working out.

She says the hardest part of the pandemic was being away from her parents. She hadn’t seen her mom in 14 months, waiting until she was vaccinated and it was safe to do so, and her father decided not to risk attending Ward’s daughter’s graduation and her son’s last football game.

Her father-in-law, who had breathing issues but lived in town, she says, could not attend some gatherings or events. They decided not to get together for Thanksgiving, typically a large family event.

Then, she lost her father-in-law a few weeks later – not because of COVID but because of the underlying breathing issues, she said. She called his death “very tragic” and got emotional Friday when talking about how they were not able to have a proper service for him.

“This is all emotional. As you guys can imagine, I’m super excited that I won the million dollars, but COVID’s a real thing. And we ended up losing him,” she said. “We didn’t have a proper service. But that’s part of the COVID, and that’s part of the reason that people need to be getting vaccinated, so people can be getting back to normal.”

“For myself, and for a lot of you, we’ve all had losses and we’ve all – it’s just time we can’t take back, with family and with different things that we’ve all lost out on,” she added.

She said she and her husband have both worked two jobs for the past two years.

“This money is going to take a huge burden off of the both of us so that we don’t have to continue to work two jobs to support our family,” Ward said.

She said she wants to “try to stay humble” with the money – invest in her kids’ college plans and careers, pay off some debt and invest some of the money.

“I hope and encourage you guys to get out and get vaccinated,” Ward said.

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Thursday, June 10

5:49 p.m. | Get vaccinated at Coors Field, get tickets to a Rockies game

COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the next Colorado Rockies homestand.

The vaccination opportunity is through a partnership with UCHealth as a part of the MLB’s league-wide “Vaccinate at the Plate” program for anyone interested in getting vaccinated. The available opportunities include:

  • On June 15 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. a UCHealth bus will pick people up on Blake Street in front of Coors Field. Anyone vaccinated will be given a choice between two tickets to that night’s game or a voucher for two tickets to a future game.
  • On June 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Platte River Rendezvous picnic area, which is located inside the ballpark under the Rockpile seating area. Anyone vaccinated will be given a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a future game.

5:15 p.m. | Boulder County mask order to expire by midnight

Boulder County Public Health will not be extending a facial covering order set to expire by midnight Thursday night.

Facial coverings were still required in schools, childcare centers and services, children’s camps, congregate care facilities, jails and health care facilities, but based on vaccination and case rates and in consultation with those groups, the health department has decided not to renew the public health order.

The state’s face covering order still applies across the state. Those requirements include:

  • Anyone ages 12 and up who isn’t fully vaccinated in schools, childcare facilities, camps, health care settings, jails and prisons.
  • Schools and childcare must follow case and outbreaks in Schools and Child Care Guidance.
  • Congregate Care required to follow CDPHE Order 20-20.

BCPH still strongly recommends wearing a face covering for anyone unvaccinated, especially in indoor settings.

4:45 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Thursday, with the change from Wednesday in parentheses:

549,084 cases (+596)
30,822 hospitalized (+75)
64 counties (+0)
3,106,571 people tested (+4,200)
8,772,460 test encounters (+23,238)
6,666 deaths among cases (+15)
6,830 deaths due to COVID-19 (+15)
5,460 outbreaks (+4)

The latest hospital data showed 409 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 18 fewer than Wednesday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.48%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Thursday, 3,112,398 people in Colorado had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,717,454 people had been fully vaccinated.

Wednesday, June 9

9:56 p.m. | 12 Colorado counties surpass 70% vaccination rate

There are 12 Colorado counties that have surpassed a 70% vaccination rate, according to state data.

President Joe Biden set a goal for the U.S. to have 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.

In a statement from Gov. Jared Polis Wednesday night, in total 12 counties have surpassed the vaccination rate goal, which also includes Denver, Gunnison, Jefferson, Routt, Boulder, Pitkin, Eagle, Broomfield, Mineral, Summit, San Miguel and San Juan counties.

San Juan County currently has the highest vaccination rate, with 89.1% of the eligible population receiving at least one vaccine dose. Crowley County currently has the lowest vaccination rate at 18.3%.

To date, 3,102,816 Coloradans have been immunized with one dose and 2,698,515 people have been fully immunized.

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the change from Tuesday in parentheses:

548,488 cases (+600)
30,747 hospitalized (+116)
64 counties (+0)
3,102,371 people tested (+2,971)
8,749,222 test encounters (+10,558)
6,651 deaths among cases (+14)
6,815 deaths due to COVID-19 (+12)
5,456 outbreaks (+6)

The latest hospital data showed 427 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 20 fewer than Tuesday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.50%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Wednesday, 3,102,816 people in Colorado had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,698,515 people had been fully vaccinated.

11 a.m. | CDPHE: Cases, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreasing; only .1% of breakthrough cases among Coloradans

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) showed 14-day case rates of COVID-19 among kids between 11-17 years old has drastically decreased from a surge seen back in April and early May.

State health officials also said during a news conference Wednesday morning hospitalizations were also decreasing among all populations, with 396 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of this morning.

Officials pointed out Colorado counties with low vaccination rates continue to see the highest percentages in hospitalizations, as seen in the graph below.

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Regarding breakthrough cases (cases of fully vaccinated people re-infected with the novel coronavirus), state health officials reported Wednesday there have only been 2,916 breakthrough cases among the more than 2.6 million vaccinated Coloradans, which heath officials said amounted to 0.1% of all vaccinated people in our state. A total of 218 hospitalizations and 38 deaths have happened among breakthrough cases, state health officials said, adding those hospitalizations and deaths are occurring among older populations.

10:52 a.m. | Children’s Hospital Colorado participates in Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial

Children’s Hospital Colorado is participating in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study for children ages 5 to 11, which will help determine if the vaccine can protect children.

The study at Children’s Colorado is being led by Eric Simões, MD, pediatric infectious disease expert at Children’s Colorado and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

“Children need a vaccine,” he said. “The vaccine trials get us one step closer to protecting our children and our communities from COVID-19.”

The hospital recruited and enrolled healthy children, ages 5 to 11 years old. Each child is randomly assigned to receive the study vaccine or a placebo. They will receive two injections approximately three weeks apart and over the course of two years, families will have scheduled follow-up study visits.

Neither the family nor the doctor will know whether the child received the study vaccine or placebo until their follow up visit six months after the second injection.

Currently, there are no approved COVID-19 vaccines available for children 11 years old and younger.

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9:24 a.m. | MSU offers a shot at free college tuition if you get the COVID-19 vaccine

Metropolitan State University of Denver is joining the state in providing financial incentives for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The University announced today the launch of the "Rowdy Return Scholarship" vaccine drawing, which will award tuition to five MSU Denver undergraduate students who have received at least one dose of any of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

“When we set the goal for a full return to campus for fall, our hope was that our students would answer the call, get vaccinated and help us reach that goal,” said President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., in a statement. “Our goal is now on the horizon, and the Rowdy Return Scholarships are one way for us to reward our students for their commitment to public health.”

Qualifying undergraduates are eligible to win one of five scholarships for the cost of tuition and fees not covered by financial-aid awards for the 2021-22 academic year, up to $8,164 for the full year ($4,082 each semester). The drawings will take place after Aug. 1.

9:19 a.m. | Safeway pharmacies in Colorado will extend hours on Fridays for COVID-19 vaccinations

Several Safeway pharmacies across Colorado will extend their hours on Friday evenings in June for an extra two hours until 10 p.m. to conduct special vaccine clinics in order to get more people vaccinated by July 4. No appointment will be necessary and customers who get vaccinated during these extended hours will receive a 20% off coupon on their groceries.

The following Denver metro area Safeway pharmacies will hold the extended hours:

  • 7561 W. 80th Ave., in Arvada
  • 1200 S. Buckley Rd., in Aurora
  • 3325 28th Street, in Boulder
  • 880 S. Perry, in Castle Rock
  • 560 Corona Street, in Denver
  • 200 Quebec St. #400, in Denver
  • 6460 E. Yale Ave., in Denver
  • 1426 E Harmony Rd., in Fort Collins
  • 9229 E. Lincoln Ave., in Lone Tree
  • 11051 S. Parker Rd., in Parker
  • 8355 N. Rampart Range Rd., in Littleton (Roxborough)

Tuesday, June 8

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, with the change from Monday in parentheses:

547,791 cases (+600)
30,695 hospitalized (+116)
64 counties (+0)
3,098,120 people tested (+2,971)
8,730,703 test encounters (+10,558)
6,639 deaths among cases (+14)
6,795 deaths due to COVID-19 (+12)
5,447 outbreaks (+6)

The latest hospital data showed 447 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, the same as Monday, though it was unclear if the numbers had been updated yet. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.56%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesday, 3,093,036 people in Colorado had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,680,786 people had been fully vaccinated.

Monday, June 7

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 vaccine data

547,191 cases (+317)
30,579 hospitalized (+11)
64 counties (+0)
3,095,149 people tested (+2,667)
8,720,145 test encounters (+8,477)
6,625 deaths among cases (+12)
6,783 deaths due to COVID-19 (+13)
5,441 outbreaks (+1)

The latest hospital data showed 447 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 2 fewer than Sunday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.60%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Monday, 3,086,585 people had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2,668,709 people have been fully vaccinated.

Click here for the COVID-19 live blog for May 31-June 6, 2021.