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Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates for June 22-28, 2020

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 18:18:56-04

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 31,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. About 5,270 people have been hospitalized for the virus.

Health officials say 1,667 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

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:

Sunday, June 28

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers for Colorado

Here are the latest coronavirus cases reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.

32,307 positive cases (+285)
5,401 hospitalized (+2)
61 counties (+0)
316,734 people tested (+5,851)
1,676 deaths among cases (+2)
1,482 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
350 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 235 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients with 54% of hospitals updating within 24 hours.

Saturday, June 27

4 p.m. |Latest COVID-19 numbers for Colorado

Here are the latest coronavirus cases reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.
32,022 positive cases (+226)
5,399 hospitalized (+7)
61 counties (no change)
310,883 people tested (+6,124)
1,674 deaths among cases (+1)
1,482 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
355 outbreaks (+6)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 226 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 5 fewer beds than reported on Friday, with 73% of hospitals reporting.

Friday, June 26

4 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers for Colorado

Here are the latest coronavirus cases reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.

31,796 positive cases (+317)
5,392 hospitalized (+6)
61 counties (no change)
304,759 people tested (+4,987)
1,673 deaths among cases (+4)
1,482 deaths due to COVID-19 (+7)
349 outbreaks (+11)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 231 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 16 fewer beds than reported on Thursday, with 80% of hospitals reporting.

Thursday, June 25

4 p.m. | Jackson County sees first case of coronavirus in Colorado

Jackson County in north-central Colorado has registered the first case of the novel coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Note: The (+) denotes a change in cases from the previous day.

31,479 positive cases (+324)
5,386 hospitalized (+11)
61 counties (+1)
299,772 people tested (+6,438)
1,669 deaths among cases (+2)
1,475 deaths due to COVID-19 (+18)
338 outbreaks (+1)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 247 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 9 more beds than reported on Wednesday, with 85% of hospitals reporting.

12:30 p.m. | Colorado's Office of Emergency Management uses donated warehouse space for COVID-19 response efforts

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management announced Thursday morning that Prologis, Inc., a global logistics real estate leader, donated 64,491 square feet of warehouse space to the State Emergency Operations Center.

This space will be used for storage and distribution of critical personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 resources through the end of 2020.

This donation is valued at more than $304,720, according to the Colorado OEM.

Colorado Office of Emergency Management uses donated warehouse space for state COVID-19 response efforts

7:30 a.m. | In Colorado, initial unemployment claims dip below 10,000 for first time in months

Today, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported that initial claims for regular unemployment fell below 10,000 for the first time in three months. Exactly 9,882 claims were filed through the week ending June 20. There were also 10,385 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week.

Over the past 14 weeks, a total of 466,645 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed. A grand total of 588,988 claims, including federal PUA benefits, were filed.

The department also announced it has paid out about $2.7 billion in unemployment benefits since March 29.

6:40 a.m. | New unemployment numbers from U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor reported this morning that 1.5 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment during the week ending June 20, bringing a 14-week total to about 46.5 million claims.

Thursday's figures were down about 20,000 from last week's unemployment filings. It marked the third straight week where unemployment claims have hovered at about 1.5 million.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, June 24

4:05 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers for Colorado

During a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials say they saw an increase in the number of cases of the novel coronavirus in Colorado. Here are the latest figures from the CDPHE. Note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.

31,155 positive cases (+262)
5,375 hospitalized (+9)
60 counties (no change)
293,284 people tested (+5,205)
1,667 deaths among cases (+2)
1,457 deaths due to COVID-19 (+2)
337 outbreaks (+4)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 238 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 11 fewer bed than reported on Tuesday, with 86% of hospitals reporting.

3:35 p.m. | Colorado saw small uptick in coronavirus cases last week; officials closely monitoring ahead of holiday

Colorado’s state epidemiologist said Wednesday that health officials saw an increase in novel coronavirus cases last week over the week before, when they reached their lowest levels in months, and state officials said they are watching trends and being cautious as the U.S. heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said that while Colorado has “made tremendous progress” in its fight against the virus since case, hospitalization and death numbers peaked in mid-to-late April, they were still waiting to see if data from this week will continue to show an increase in cases here.

On the other hand, Gov. Jared Polis said that officials are still not sure the cause of the recent uptick in cases, but that he believed many of the cases came from larger gatherings. He said the state did not currently have data linking the protests in Colorado to the uptick in cases.

Read the full story here.

11:59 a.m. | City of Brighton will fund Fund bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry in city this year

The City of Brighton will completely fund the Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry in Brighton this summer.

This effort is in response to City Council’s request to use the CARES Act grant to keep food on the table for Brighton individuals and families who are currently struggling financially from the impacts of COVID-19, according to the city. The mobile food pantry will set up at Historic City Hall (located at 22 S. 4th Ave.) on the second Saturdays of the month — July 11, Aug. 8, and Sept. 12 — from 9-11 a.m.

10 a.m. | COVID-19 updates with Denver officials, Gov. Polis today

Denver officials, including Mayor Hancock, the public safety executive director and the emergency management executive director, will provide an update on the city's latest response to COVID-19 at 10:30 a.m.

And Gov. Polis and State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy will provide an update on the state's response to the coronavirus at 12:30 p.m.

Denver7 expects to carry both live on our website, social media and Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV.

Tuesday, June 23

4:14 p.m. | Eagle County sees increase in COVID-19 cases among the young

Eagle county health officials say they have seen a recent increase of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups and urge the public to continue to adhere to strict social distancing measures, as well proper hand washing and to not forget the use of face masks or coverings when out in public.

The county's department of public health and environment said in a news release it is investigating a cluster of cases mostly among local youth ages 16-18, "where the initial spread was associated with private social gatherings, resulting in 11 confirmed cases among young people in the Roaring Fork Valley."

Disease investigators said they've noted "an unwillingness among some infected individuals and families to isolate at home and share information about events where other people would have been exposed," information that is critical to mitigate the further spread of the new disease, officials said.

It's possible more cases will emerge in the coming days, officials said.

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus cases in Colorado

Nearly 200 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Colorado from Monday into Tuesday, according to the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Please note: The (+) denotes the change of cases from the previous day.

30,893 positive cases (+188)
5,366 hospitalized (+23)
60 counties (no change)
288,079 people tested (+2,949)
1,665 deaths among cases (+14)
1,455 deaths due to COVID-19 (+17)
333 outbreaks (+3)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 249 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 7 fewer bed than reported on Monday, with 86% of hospitals reporting.

GRAPH: COVID-19 hospital beds in use as of June 23, 2020

3:02 p.m. | Mayor Hancock, city officials to provide COVID-19 update Wednesday

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock along with city leaders and officials from the city's department of public health and environment, will provide a COVID-19 public health update this Wednesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Denver7 will carry that news conference live on our website, our streaming platforms and our social media pages.

6 a.m. | Town Center at Aurora reopens today

The Town Center at Aurora mall will reopen its 130 stores and kiosks to the public today.

"The Town Center mall has played an essential role in our community from hosting key events for Aurora Public Schools to a recent major food distribution drive where the Town Center mall partnered with the Salvation Army, Safeway, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to help struggling families who have lost jobs and incomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. "It is great to see the Town Center get back on their feet and I want to encourage everyone to show your support, for all they have done for our community, by visiting the mall."

Monday, June 22

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus cases in Colorado

Here are the latest cases of the novel coronavirus in Colorado as reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Please note: The (+) denotes a change in cases from the previous day.

30,705 cases (+166)
5,343 hospitalized (+16)
60 counties (no change)
285,130 people tested (+5,097)
1,651 deaths among cases (+4)
1,438 deaths due to COVID-19 (+9)
330 outbreaks (no change)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 256 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 1 more bed than reported on Sunday, with 78% of hospitals reporting.

Click here for the live blog from the week of June 15-21, 2020.