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Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates from May 16-17, 2020

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Posted at 10:10 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 07:47:43-04

NOTE: This is the live blog from Saturday and Sunday May 16-17, 2020. Click here to see the live blog from May 18, 2020.

Nearly 22,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 as the death toll climbs to 878, which represents the number of people who died directly from the virus. An additional 337 people who had COVID-19 and died have been reported to the state as of Sunday.

READ MORE: List of Colorado businesses that are open

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.


Latest updates:

Sunday, May 17

4:04 p.m. | Latest Colorado COVID-19 data

Here are the latest numbers of COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE). The ( ) denotes the change in reported numbers from the previous day:

21,938 positive cases (+305)
3,872 hospitalized (+6)
60 counties (no change)
126,330 people tested (+2,908)
1,215 deaths among cases (+23)
878 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
223 outbreaks (+1)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Friday started breaking down its publicly-released COVID-19 death data differently – by the number of people who died directly due to COVID-19 and the number of people who died and had COVID-19.

The latest hospital data from 67% of state’s facilities shows 650 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, and 34 patients have been discharged or transferred within the past 24 hours.

Recent epidemiological modeling predicts that between 65,000 to 75,000 people have COVID-19 throughout the state, but state and health officials are prioritizing testing for those who are most at-risk.

1:06 p.m. | Hundreds of motorcyclists rally at State Capitol to reopen Colorado

Hundreds of motorcyclists rallied in Denver to demand Colorado reopen. Protesters chanted "open up" during the rally at the Colorado State Capitol Sunday. Motorcyclists joined from different parts of the state. Sunday's protest is one of many that have been occurring around the state in the past month as Colorado begins to allow some businesses to reopen slowly.

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Hundreds of motorcycles rolling past the Capitol Sunday.

Saturday, May 16

4:24 p.m. | Latest Colorado COVID-19 data

Here are the latest numbers of COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE). The ( ) denotes the change in reported numbers from the previous day:

21,633 positive cases (+401)
3,866 hospitalized (+24)
60 counties (no change)
123,422 people tested (+3,763)
1,192 deaths among cases (+42)
878 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
222 outbreaks (+9)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Friday started breaking down its publicly-released COVID-19 death data differently – by the number of people who died directly due to COVID-19 and the number of people who died and had COVID-19.

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 685 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

Recent epidemiological modeling predicts that between 65,000 to 75,000 people have COVID-19 throughout the state, but state and health officials are prioritizing testing for those who are most at-risk.

3:42 p.m. | CU holds virtual commencement ceremony for class of 2020

The University of Colorado Boulder marked its first ever virtual commencement for the class of 2020.

Resilience was the theme of the day as the university conferred more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees—not through the usual ceremony at Folsom Field, but online. The event included a photo slideshow of moments from the four years that graduating seniors spent on campus, plus a recording of the traditional processing of the mace.

10:10 a.m. | Gov. Polis signs orders to protect ballot signature collection amid COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Jared Polis signed two executive orders Saturday, which are targeted at signature collection for ballot issues. The orders authorize the secretary of state to create temporary rules for registered electors to receive and return issue petitions over mail and email and temporarily suspend rules requiring registered electors to sign petitions for unaffiliated and independent candidates in the presence of a petition circulator.

“This is a challenging time for Colorado, but we must not sacrifice our democracy and the right of citizens to petition due to the pandemic. Protecting our democracy, access to the ballot and making sure citizens can qualify ballot measures and can qualify as candidates to run for office during this time is critical,” said Gov. Polis in a statement. “I appreciate the work of Sec. Griswold and the thoughtful input we have received throughout this process.”

The Governor also extended an executive order limiting in-person contact for the 2020 elections.

Click here for the live blog from Friday, May 15, 2020.