Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates for June 29-July 5, 2020

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:03:34-04

More than 300,000 people in Colorado have been tested for the novel coronavirus, which has led to about 32,000 known positive cases, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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:

Thursday, July 2

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus numbers

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

33,352 cases (+323)
5,527 hospitalized (+14)
61 counties (+0)
337,391 people tested (+7,032)
1,701 deaths among cases (+4)
1,521 deaths due to COVID-19 (+1)
362 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 262 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 25 more beds than were reported on Wednesday, with 80% of hospitals reporting within the past 24 hours and 24 patients discharged within the past 24 hours.

3:40 p.m. | Face coverings required in Eagle County

The latest updated to the Eagle County Public Health order requires customers and guests to wear a mask when entering a place of business or public indoor space, Vail officials said Thursday.

9 a.m. | Face coverings required at Boulder County Parks & Open Space

All visitors to Boulder County Parks and Open Space must bring a face covering with them, and wear them at trailheads, the county said Thursday morning. Visitors must also wear them when they cannot keep a 6-foot distance from others. You can remove them when you're away from other people, the county said.

"Many residents don't feel safe visiting the trails right now because so few people are wearing masks when they get close to each other," said Eric Lane, director of Boulder County Parks & Open Space. "Everyone should feel welcome and safe when recreating on open space, especially our most vulnerable residents. It's such an important resource for mental and physical health in these challenging times. ...Having a mask with you whenever you leave the house is as important as remembering your keys or other essential items, whether you're going to the grocery store or visiting an open space property."

Click here to read more.

8:15 a.m. | State Labor Department releases unemployment claims for last week

Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported that 8,566 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending June 27. In addition, there were also 6,173 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week.

Over the past 15 weeks, a total of 475,211 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed. A grand total of 603,727 claims, including federal PUA benefits, were filed.

The department also announced it has paid out approximately $3.0 billion in unemployment benefits since March 29t That includes regular unemployment benefits, and those filing PUA claims and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims.

6:40 a.m. | New unemployment numbers across U.S.

The Department of Labor reported today that 1.4 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment during the week ending June 27, bringing a 15-week total to about 47.9 million claims. Click here to read more.

6:30 a.m. | Ensuring masks for students in Greeley-Evans School District 6

The Greeley-Evans School District 6 has launched a campaign to ensure every student and teacher has a mask when school resumes in the fall. They are looking for volunteers to either donate masks or sew some to donate. For details, click here.

Wednesday, July 1

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado

Over 300 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus from Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Please note: The (+) denotes a change in cases from the previous day.

33,029 positive cases (+314)
5,513 hospitalized (+24)
61 counties (+0)
330,359 people tested (+5,727)
1,697 deaths among cases (+7)
1,520 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
362 outbreaks (+9)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 237 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 34 fewer beds than reported on Tuesday, with 85% of hospitals reporting within the last 24 hours.

11:55 a.m. | Colorado State fair Parade canceled

The Colorado State Fair Parade, which is one of the oldest parades in Colorado, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was scheduled for Aug. 29. This marks the first time it's been canceled.

10:55 a.m. | Golden to close all access points to Clear Creek in city limits

In an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the city of Golden is closing all access to Clear Creek within city limits for the Fourth of July weekend and beyond.

“Last weekend’s crowds along the creek gave us deep concern in seeing large gatherings, no social distancing, and very few people wearing masks,” said Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski. “The July 4th holiday weekend typically brings even bigger crowds to Golden. With the rise in COVID-19 cases in neighboring states where many visitors come from, we want to make sure we are not adding to the problem here in Colorado.”

The trail along the creek will remain accessible.

Clear Creek in Golden
In this photograph taken Tuesday, June 23, 2015, a pair of young mothers push strollers along the trail as Clear Creek, loaded with the remnants of heavy rains from the past month combined with abundant snowmelt from the nearby foothills, rushes by in Golden, Colo. Two suburban Denver counties have banned most access to the rain and snowpack-swollen rivers around the area following at least six rafting and tubing deaths so far this year in the state. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

City Manager Slowinski will post an administrative order today, requiring masks on all public property. Council will hold another special session on July 8 to consider an emergency ordinance requiring face masks.

The creek will remain closed until further notice.

9:41 a.m. | Weld County inmates test positive for COVID-19

Three inmates at the Weld County Jail tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a second round of facility-wide testing, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

Earlier this month, 392 inmates were tested for COVID-19 and of those, 23 tested positive. All of them were asymptomatic.

Testing of new inmates is ongoing. The three inmates who recently tested positive for COVID-19 were separated from the rest of the inmates, according to the sheriff's office.

6:45 a.m. | Fort Collins pools to stay closed through summer

City of Fort Collins pools will remain closed for the rest of the summer. Splash pads will open at select locations. This affects City Park Pool, Mulberry Pool, and the Senior Center Pool.

Splash pads at Spring Canyon Park and Fossil Creek Park will open during the week of July 6. The Old Town Square splash pad, which is maintained by the city, reopened last week. Splash pads will remain operational through Labor Day

5:40 a.m. | In-person graduation ceremonies for Poudre School District

The Poudre School District says in-person graduation ceremonies will take place in late July. A limited number of guests may accompany each graduate, based on venue space availability and the size of each graduating class.

“I am delighted to announce what feels like the first good news in a long time,” Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser said. “Our PSD seniors deserve this moment in the spotlight more than ever, given everything that’s happened, and we can’t wait to see them walk across that stage.”

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment granted a variance that allows this graduation to proceed based on the district’s plan to adhere to health and safety precautions.

Tuesday, June 30

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus numbers from Colorado

Nearly 50 more people were hospitalized from Monday into Tuesday due to suspected cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the latest figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Please note: The (+) denotes the change of cases from the previous day.

32,715 positive cases (+204)
5,489 hospitalized (+47)
61 counties (+0)
324,632 people tested (+3,635)
1,690 deaths among cases (+8)
1,520 deaths due to COVID-19 (+12)
353 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 271 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 37 more bed than reported on Monday, with 88% of hospitals reporting within the last 24 hours.

3:38 p.m. | Pepsi Center testing site reducing hours

Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Arizona, Texas and Florida, Denver’s testing partner, LabCorp, is experiencing a shortage of testing kit availability nationwide. This shortage is impacting the number of testing kits available to Denver for our drive-up community testing site at the Pepsi Center.

Beginning Wednesday, Denver’s COVID-19 testing site will be reducing operations from seven days to five days per week (Monday through Friday) from 8AM – 12PM. Due to the upcoming holiday and citywide furlough, the testing site was already scheduled to be closed July 3-6.

3:31 p.m. | Polis closes bars, nightclubs amid rising COVID-19 cases

Gov. Jared Polis ordered Colorado bars and nightclubs that don't provide food to shut down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which has been on the rise in the last couple of weeks. Bars and nightclubs were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity June 18 under Safer at Home guidelines. But, Polis said during a briefing Tuesday that a slight uptick of cases among younger people shows these environments are not entirely safe and ready to reopen.

“It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to have safe social distancing in bars and nightclubs,” Polis said. “We’ll figure out a way. There’s got to be a way. We have to make sure they are ready first.”

Monday, June 29

7:46 p.m. | Gov. Polis signs executive orders in response to COVID-19

Governor Jared Polis signed two executive orders Monday evening:

One extending an existing executive order allowing food trucks to operate at Colorado’s rest areas to support truckers and the movement of commercial vehicle activities; the other ordering the temporary suspension of certain statutes concerning taxpayer filing requirements for certain taxable property due to COVID-19.

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

More than 1,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Colorado as of Monday, according to the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.

32,511 cases (+204)
5,442 hospitalized (+41)
320,997 tested (+4,263)
1,682 deaths among cases (+6)
1,508 deaths due to COVID-19 (+26)
353 outbreaks (+3)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 234 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 1 fewer bed than reported on Sunday, with 77% of hospitals reporting within the last 24 hours.

3 p.m. | Denver City Council executive session canceled due to health, safety concerns

Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca said in a tweet there will not be an executive session of city council tonight after it was canceled by Denver City Council President Jolon Clark due to "health and safety concerns" following last week's packed house in which residents demanded that council defund the Denver Police Department.

A spokesperson for City Council said the large crowds make it "really hard to maintain social distancing" amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the cancellation was done in the best interest for both the staff and the public.

The spokesperson said City Council plans to fast-track a virtual participation option for the future.

It's unclear if everything on tonight's agenda will roll over to next week.

Denver City Councilmember Robin Kniech tweeted about the events leading up to the cancellation of tonight's executive session.

11:19 a.m. | Boulder County extends facial covering order

The Boulder County Board of Health approved an extension of the Boulder County Public Health Order that requires face coverings for every person older than 12 years old whenever they're in a public space in Boulder County where they can not remain six feet away from another person.

The order doesn't have an end date as of now.

5 a.m. | The disposable bag fee will be reinstated in Boulder this week

The disposable bag fee in Boulder was temporarily suspended in late March after Gov. Jared Polus suggested a suspension of the fee for 30 days to avoid spreading the virus. According to recent guidance from the Boulder County Public Health Department, bringing your own bad to the store is low risk.

All food stores are asked to begin charging customers the 10-cent fee for disposable bags beginning July 1.

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