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Coronavirus in Colorado: Updates from March 12-17, 2020

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:13:31-04

DENVER — As the number of positive coronavirus cases rose in Colorado this week, event cancellations and postponements were also on the rise — both here and across the country.

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.

Colleges announced plans for moving to online classes, and school districts prepared students and parents for that possibility. The NBA and the National Hockey League suspended their seasons, and college basketball conference tournaments were also called off.

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


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Tuesday, March 17

9:27 p.m. | CINCH RSNC Championships in Wellington canceled

The CINCH Ranch Sorting National's North-eastern, North-central, and South-central regionals will be canceled this year due to the rising concern of COVID-19, a spokesperson says.

8:44 p.m. | Loveland closes facilities, offices

The City of Loveland will close its offices and other facilities to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, as part of the city's continuing effort to protect the community from the threat posed by COVID-19. The closure will remain in effect through March 27, and could be extended pending an evaluation of conditions at that time, city officials say.

7:38 p.m. | Rep. Jason Crow to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure

Colorado Congressman Jason Crow will self-quarantine after he came into contact with a constituent on March 11 who later tested positive for COVID-19. The congressman released the following statement:

“We have a personal responsibility as citizens to do everything we can to contain the spread of coronavirus. Even though I have no symptoms, we have to treat any possible exposure with the utmost caution and for that reason, I will self-quarantine. This is a pandemic and it’s incumbent upon every American to do their part. While at home, I look forward to working full steam ahead to provide the federal resources our community needs to address this crisis.”

6:57 p.m. | Polis, congressional delegation call for relief from Small Business Administration

On Monday, Polis sent a letter to the Small Business Administration calling for federal funding to give relief to the small businesses in Colorado affected by the fallout from COVID-19. The SBA has the authority to offer small businesses affected by COVID-19 low-interest loans of up to $2 million.

The letter specifically requests a Small Business Administrative declaration for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Alamosa, Baca, Denver, Eagle, El Paso, Gunnison, Jefferson, Larimer, La Plata, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Routt and San Miguel counties, in addition to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribal nations.

“Colorado’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and are woven into the fabric of our way of life. As a person who came to government from the private sector, I understand the challenges and hurdles entrepreneurs and small business owners face. We will get through this together and I urge the federal government to quickly approve our loan application so we can provide relief to the state’s small business community during this global pandemic,” Polis said in a statement.

Polis said he also spoke with Colorado’s congressional delegation about the needs and actions. The congressional delegation wrote to the SBA as well urging it to grant Polis’ request.

““The coronavirus is taking a toll on Colorado’s vibrant small businesses. With over 1.1 million Coloradans employed by small businesses, we must do everything we can to help Colorado’s workforce and quickly approve Colorado’s request for a disaster declaration,” Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., said in a statement. “The Administration granting Colorado’s request would open the door for businesses and nonprofits across the state to access those funds and provide small businesses much needed relief.”

6:12 p.m. | Clayton Early Learning extending closure

Clayton Early Learning is extending the organization's closure through Friday, April 3 in response to the novel coronavirus in Colorado.

6 p.m. | Several cities, counties issue local emergency declarations and announce closures in wake of coronavirus outbreak

-- The City of Brighton is temporarily closing all of its public facilities through April 16
-- La Plata County is reducing public access to all county buildings and departments beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.
-- Teller County declares local disaster emergency to enable access to resources in order to fight the spread of COVID-19
-- The City of Boulder issued a local emergency declaration banning gatherings of more than ten people. The city also closed all city buildings and facilities until March 29 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

5:27 p.m. | Sen. Cory Gardner to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure

Sen. Cory Gardner will self-quarantine after coming into contact with a Colorado constituent who was visiting Washington, D.C., and later tested positive for COVID-19. He’s not showing symptoms at the moment.

5:04 p.m. | Denver Health changing visitor policy

Denver Health says it is not allowing any visitors at all Denver Health medical facilities until further notice to protect patients, families and staff in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado. One visitor will be allowed in certain situations, which you can read about here.

5:00 p.m. | Colorado nears 200 positive cases of COVID-19

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced the state total of positive cases of the novel coronavirus is now at 183. Of those, 20 people are hospitalized and two have died. The cases were reported across 19 of the state's 64 counties. The CDPHE said 1,790 people have been tested for the illness.

The data is part of the state's new COVID-19 website, which was launched Tuesday. The website has a breadth of informational resources for Coloradans about COVID-19. You can check it out for yourself here and you can view a breakdown of state cases here.

4:49 p.m. | Gun sales uptick in Colorado amid growing fears of COVID-19 spread

Colorado gun sales are seeing a significant uptick amid growing fears around the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation officials. So much so, the agency is implementing smoe changes, like expanding hours of operations, to keep up with demand.

4:47 p.m. | Union urges governor to enact protections for grocery store workers

United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 7, the union that represents grocery store workers, is urging Governor Jared Polis to enact safety protections for its members amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local 7 President Kim Cordova requested Governor Polis issue a new executive order guaranteeing safe work conditions. Among the demands is temporarily suspending local ordinances banning single-use grocery bags to lessen the probable spread of the virus through reusable grocery bags. Also, requiring employers to provide gloves, masks and adequate supplies of hand sanitizer.

4:45 p.m. | CU Boulder cancels graduation ceremony

CU Boulder has canceled its spring graduation ceremony, which was scheduled for May 7, to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Colorado. The university is exploring "virtual options" that will allow the community to celebrate the latest class of CU Boulder graduates remotely.

4:35 p.m. | Bent's Old Fort remains open

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta remains open but is modifying operations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. Frontier Skills Day, scheduled for March 21, has been canceled and the park's gift shop is closed until further notice. Since the fort is an open-air experience, it will remin open to the public.

4:17 p.m. | Rocky Mountain National Park remains open, but closes visitor centers

Rocky Mountain National Park is modifying its operations to comply with guidelines set by Center for Disease Control. The park remains open but it will be closing park visitor centers including Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Fall River Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center. At this time, restroom facilities are still available at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center.

3:53 p.m. | Loveland complex postpones events

The Ranch Events Complex is postponing or cancelling all events over 50 attendees as part of the governor's mandate to practice social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the state. The order is effective for 30 days, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

3:52 p.m. | El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office announces closures

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office announced it is temporarily closing all its branch locations and is suspending its DMV services to prevent the further spread of coronavirus in Colorado. For more information, click here.

3:20 p.m. | Weld County death is second-known COVID-19-related death in Colorado

Weld County health officials reported the county's first death caused by COVID-19, a male in his 70’s. This death is connected to one of the earlier identified positive cases, health officials said.

This is the second-known COVID-19-related death in the state. On Friday, state health officials announced a woman in her 80s living in El Paso County who had underlying health conditions died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Weld County has a total of 6 positive cases so far, with more positive cases expected, county health officials said. The county was notified Tuesday of an additional positive COVID-19 case, a female in her 50’s.

3:13 | Dental association urges Colorado dentists to delay non-emergency treatment

The Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association is urging Colorado dentists to delay non-emergency treatment for at least 2-3 weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Becky Comstedt, president of the association's Colorado chapter, said many dental offices are refusing to close unless mandated by the government. She said dental professionals are one of the highest risk professions for COVID-19 transmission, and delaying non-emergency treatment is crucial in stopping the spread.

3:02 p.m. | Colorado Symphony postpones performances

The Colorado Symphony is postponing the remaining of the 2019/2020 season performances through May 11, 2020, in an effort to reduce to spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

2:50 p.m. | 3 new cases identified in Summit County

Summit County health officials identified three new positive cases for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday, bringing the total of presumptive positive cases in the county to five. Community spread is present in Colorado's high country, and health officials are urging residents to practice social distancing.

2:40 p.m. | Beware of email scams

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Tuesday warned of phishing and malicious emails about the coronavirus. She posted several examples of the scam, which asked email recipients to click on links or send emails to certain addresses. Be sure the verify the source of emails and links before clicking through.

2:05 p.m. | MSU Denver confirms first case

MSU Denver confirmed its first COVID-19 case. An employee tested positive, the university said in an email to students and staff. The employee was last on campus on March 11 and has been self-isolated at home since then. The university did not say where on campus the employee works. The university has already transitioned to remote learning, and there's been no in-person contact in classes starting Monday.

1:56 p.m. | COVID-19 case connected to Larimer Co. long-term care facility

The Larimer County Dept. of Health and Environment has identified a positive coronavirus case in a resident of a long-term care facility in Larimer County, as well as a staffer at the facility, and is working with the CDC and CDPHE to provide on-site assistance and infection prevention.

The resident and worker live and work at the North Shore Health & Rehab Facility in Loveland, the LCDHE said.

“The case investigation is ongoing, but to date there are no other confirmed cases associated with residents of this facility. At least six other residents of the facility have been tested, and their test results were negative. Additional tests are pending,” the LCDHE said in a news release.

Case investigation is in process to figure out who may have been in contact with the two individuals so health officials can contact them.

“Columbine Health Systems has been a strong partner with local public health, state health and the CDC, doing everything they can to reduce the spread of this virus.” says Tom Gonzales, MPH, Larimer County Public Health Director.

“We continue to follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, in partnership with the CDC and their infection control guidelines regarding COVID 19 testing and isolation procedures. Their knowledge and support has been invaluable to us,” said Dr. Rebecca Jackson, DO, CMD, Medical Director, Columbine Health Systems.

There is a briefing with CDPHE starting at 2 p.m.

1:30 p.m. | Colo. Dept. of Labor: 6,800 unemployment claims by Tuesday morning

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment officials said 6,800 unemployment claims were made by 10 a.m. Tuesday, following the announcement that dining at bars and restaurants would be shut down. Executive Director Joe Barela called it an unprecedented volume of claims for the department — even compared to claims during a recession — and that the surge was expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

12:30 p.m. | K-12 assessment tests paused for school year; CEA calls for more school closures

Colorado’s end-of-year assessment tests, including the CMAS, will be suspended for the rest of the school year, and officials are working to figure out what to do about PSAT and SAT tests. The CEA wants schools statewide to close. Click here for more information from the Department of Education and from the CEA.

12:20 p.m. | Kaiser Permanente Colorado announces service changes

Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente Colorado announced several measures Tuesday, including expanded telehealth and virual care and the postponement of elective/non-urgent surgeries. Kaiser will also be consolidating medical offices to decrease in-person care when possible. More virtual care will help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves, the company said.

Ten medical offices will stay open for certain specialty care, OB-GYN, lab, medical imaging, behavioral health, and pharmacy services: Acero, Arapahoe, Aurora Centrepoint, Franklin, Lakewood, Lone Tree, Loveland, Parkside, Rock Creek, and Skyline.

11:20 a.m. | Neguse to hold virtual town hall

Colorado U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is holding a virtual town hall about the coronavirus at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Sign up for the town hall and watch it here.

11:10 a.m. | Food Bank of the Rockies needs healthy volunteers

The Food Bank of the Rockies is expecting food insecurity to increase over the next several weeks, as many restaurant and bar employees could be out of work. That also means the food bank will need more help from volunteers. Because of precautions taking place, the food bank has had several volunteer cancellations.

Anyone who is healthy and interested in volunteering can sign up here. Read more about how Food Bank of the Rockies is dealing with the coronavirus situation.

11 a.m. | Mnuchin: Government discussing sending cash to Americans

During a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin said the Trump administration is discussing a stimulus plan in which the federal government would send individuals cash.

Mnuchin did not go into specifics about the plan, but said specifics would be released in the coming hours and days. Mnuchin added that should such a program go into effect, it would likely be sent to lower- and middle-class Americans within two weeks

Read more from the White House news conference.

10:39 a.m. | More flexibility at assemblies, conventions for Colorado political parties

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed an executive order and a bill passed by lawmakers last week that will allow the state’s political parties to change their rules and procedures regarding their assemblies and conventions in order to limit person-to-person contact.

Under the order and the bill, the parties will allow people to participate in the assemblies and conventions remotely – allowing them to vote by email, mail, phone or app through a person physically present at the assembly or convention. Each physically-present person can be a proxy for five others.

The bill had bipartisan support from leaders in both chambers.

Click here to read the executive order and click here to read the bill.

10:28 a.m. | Unemployment filing system currently down

On Tuesday morning, the unemployment file-a-claim application was "experiencing technical difficulties," the Department of Labor said.

"We understand this is an inconvenience and working to correct the issues. We appreciate your patience," the department said. Click here to read more about what laid-off and furloughed workers should do.

7:45 a.m. | Presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Conifer High School system

On Tuesday morning, Jefferson Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) said they have let families know that they learned about a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the Conifer High School system. JCPH said this means students have been identified as people who have a potential risk of contracting the virus, so they should monitor their symptoms for the next 14 days.

7:27 a.m. | Vail Resorts closes its North American resorts for the season

The company announced it will close all of its North American resorts and retail stores for the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter ski season. It will consider reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in late April or early May, depending on how what the COVID-19 outbreak looks like at that time. Previously, Vail Resorts announced it would close from March 15-22.

Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts, said this decision is the evidence of the fast-moving updates surrounding COVID-19.

“While it is incredibly disappointing for our company to mark the end of the season so early, we know it is the most responsible path forward," he said.

4:50 a.m. | More casino closures

Overnight, multiple casinos closed in line with Gov. Polis's order. That included the following casinos:
--Golden Gates (in Black Hawk): Closed at 3 a.m.
--Mardi Gras (in Black Hawk): Closed at 1 a.m.
--Golden Gulch (in Black Hawk): Closed at 9 p.m. Monday
--Ameristar Black Hawk: Closed at 4 a.m. until further notice
--Bronco Billy’s (in Cripple Creek): Closed at midnight
--Century Casino (in Cripple Creek): Closed at 4 a.m.
--Bronco Billy’s (in Cripple Creek): Closed at midnight
Lodge Casino, Monarch Casino and Isle Casino Hotel, all in Black Hawk, have not made any announcements as of now.

Monday, March 16

10:07 p.m. | Boulder County closes facilities

Boulder County is closing all public facilities, including the court house, the Clerk and Recorder Offices, the Depart of Housing and Human Services, among others, to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.

9:41 p.m. | Douglas County suspends conceal carry applications

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has suspended new concealed weapons permit applications, fingerprint services and VIN verification for 30 days in response to the novel coronavirus.

9:41 p.m. | Mapleton Public Schools offers meal pick-up locations.

Meals may be picked up from the following locations Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 27, between 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Meadow Community School (9150 Monroe St, Thornton)

Skyview Campus (8990 York St., Thornton)

Welby Community School (1200 E. 78th Ave., Denver)

York International School (9200 York St., Thornton)

Global Primary Academy (7480 N. Broadway, Denver)

Global Primary Academy (7480 N. Broadway, Denver)
7:28 p.m. | Presumptive positive of COVID-19 in Jeffco Schools

Jeffco Public Schools says they have been notified by Jeffco Public Health that there is a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the Conifer High School system. Families and staff were told about the case in a letter Monday night.

6:59 p.m. | Arapahoe County closes facilities to public

Arapahoe County has closed all county facilities to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 through at least March 27. Essential county operations will continue during this closure.

6:18 p.m. | Elbert County reports first 3 cases of COVID-19

The CDPHE identified the first three positive cases of COVID-19 in Elbert County, according to county officials:

-- A teenage boy
-- A woman in her 30s
-- A man in his 30s
-- A woman in her 30s
5:55 p.m. | Aurora Municipal Center closes

The Aurora Municipal Center will close to the public from March 17 through March 31 as part of the city’s effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

5:45 p.m. | Aurora Public Schools offers free meals starting Tuesday

Aurora Public Schools will be distributing free breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday through Friday, and then again next week Monday through Friday at 15 locations to kids 18 and under. Both meals, which include vegetarian options, will be available together for pickup through a grab-and-go system, APS says. Here's a map of the meal distribution sites in Aurora.

5:40 p.m. | City of Lakewood limits operations

Several City of Lakewood operations will be limited in response to COVID-19 in Colorado, including the Lakewood Police Department, Municipal Court, recreation, cultural and family services buildings, as well as utility bills, business licenses and taxes. To view a full list of city operations affected by the novel coronavirus, click here.

5:41 p.m. | City of Evans issues local disaster emergency

The City of Evans has issued a local Declaration of Local Disaster to access emergency resources in response to COVID-19 in Colorado.

5:36 p.m. | Centennial closes city buildings to public

The City of Centennial is closing all city buildings to the public effective Tuesday at 8 a.m in response to the novel coronavirus. Essential services, such as law enforcement, snow/ice, road repair, signal light maintenance, etc.) will continue to be provided, officials say.

5:28 p.m. | Poudre Pour postponed

The Poudre Pour, scheduled for March 28 will be postponed in response to the novel coronavirus. The Town of Windsor, along with the Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) is working to reschedule the annuala fundraising event for the fall of 2020.

5:17 p.m. | Safeway, Albertsons hiring

Safeway and Albertsons are hiring in-store employees, deliver drivers and distribution center employees to fill 1,000 immediate openings at stores in Colorado. To apply, click here and here.

5:07 p.m. | Aurora Municipal Court update on COVID-19 response

Until further notice, the Aurora Municipal Court will allow people to wear surgical masks and gloves in court, if so desired, and bring small plastic containers of hand sanitizer into the courthouse. All arraignments/first appearances will be postponed for 91 days. Domestic violence arraignments/first appearances will remain as currently scheduled. For more restrictions or postpones, contact the Aurora Municipal Court.

5 p.m. | Clear Creek County declares local emergency declaration

Clear Creek County has approved a local disaster emergency declaration that will allow the county to activate certain response plans and makes the county available for funds and resources in response to the novel coronavirus.

4:54 p.m. | Greeley declares local disaster emergency

Greeley Mayor John Gates has declared a local disaster emergency for the City of Greeley in response to the spread of COVID-19. It will allow city officials to fully mobilize local, regional, and state resources; request state emergency assistance; and enact temporary restrictions on permits and city facilities necessary to help protect the community and city staff — while maintaining critical, essential, and priority operations of the city, in response to COVID-19.

4:53 p.m. | Tattered Cover to close all locations

Tattered Cover will close all of its locations effective 6 p.m. today and closures will go through at least two weeks.

4:52 p.m. | Colorado Supreme Court suspends operations

The Colorado Supreme Court has suspended some court operations, specifically all jury calls in state courts, except for jury calls for criminal trials facing imminent speedy trial deadlines. The Colorado Supreme Court is also suspending jury duty calls through April 3, "at which time the need for ongoing measures will be evaluated."

4:50 p.m. | Polis: Dine-in at restaurants, bars closed for 30 days

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday suspended dine-in services at all restaurants and bars in the state for the next 30 days, an order that could be renewed in a month. Takeout and delivery will be permitted under the order.

Polis also shut down large places of gatherings, such as gyms and casinos, under the 30-day suspension.

The statewide suspension follows Denver's city order earlier in the day — in which Mayor Michael Hancock shut down dine-in service at city restaurants and bars until May 11 — and the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommended Sunday against gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

Polis on Monday also launched the state's #DoingMyPartCO social media campaign, asking residents to share how they are helping slow the spread of coronavirus.

Polis said 20 people are hospitalized from coronavirus in Colorado, out of 160 total cases in the state. He echoed what state officials said earlier in the day: That increasing the number of tests in the state has been a challenge.

"We know that we need to test as much as possible," Polis said. "What's so frustrating about this virus is that we're always, from a data perspective, chasing where it was ... the best information we have is 3-5 days behind what is happening on the ground."

Polis said there are likely thousands of more cases of coronavirus in Colorado and that testing will help officials narrow down where the cases are. The state lab has processed 1,216 coronavirus tests since Feb. 28.

4:47 p.m. | Summit County Animal Control and Shelter limited service

The Summit County Animal Control and Shelter will be closed to the general walk in public and volunteers. People who need to relinquish their pet or who are interested in adopting a pet, must make an appointment by phone. Animal Control Officers are responding to calls.

4:19 p.m. | Wheat Ridge closes city facilities in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The City of Wheat Ridge is closing facilities at City Hall, including Municipal Court, the Recreation Center, the Anderson Building and the Active Adult Center to support social distancing and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus through March 29.

4:10 p.m. | 29 new cases in Colorado

State officials announced 29 new coronavirus cases in Colorado, bringing the statewide total to 160. The state lab has processed 1,216 coronavirus tests since Feb. 28 but those numbers do not include any negative tests from private labs.

Tuesday's release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment did not include demographic or location information on the new cases "due to the high volume of tests being processed by the state lab and a need to get information out quickly," officials said.

4:00 p.m. | Summit County closures

Summit County issued several closure orders Monday afternoon:

— All dining inside of restaurants, bars and cafeterias, effective 10 p.m. Monday. Restaurants can still offer take-out or delivery.

— All ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft, effective 11:59 p.m. Monday.

— Public bus services will be suspended at the end of service Monday night.
— All retail businesses that see foot traffic from the public will be required to shut down 10 p.m. Monday. Banks, grocery stores, liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, pharmacies and gas stations will be allowed to stay open.
— All retail businesses that see foot traffic from the public will be required to shut down 10 p.m. Monday. Banks, grocery stores, liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, pharmacies and gas stations will be allowed to stay open.
— All lodging, including hotels, motels, timeshares and short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBO, will be required to close by noon Tuesday.
Through Monday afternoon, two cases of coronavirus have been identified in Summit County.
Through Monday afternoon, two cases of coronavirus have been identified in Summit County.

3:55 p.m. | Weld County public health order
Weld County on Monday issued a public health order requiring social distancing of at least six feet and the cancellation of all events of 10 or more people, according to the county health department. Also, events at certain locations are prohibited, no matter how many people are there: Daycare centers, childcare centers, private schools, private day schools, community recreation centers, ice rinks and libraries. The order will be in effect until April 8.
Weld County on Monday issued a public health order requiring social distancing of at least six feet and the cancellation of all events of 10 or more people, according to the county health department. Also, events at certain locations are prohibited, no matter how many people are there: Daycare centers, childcare centers, private schools, private day schools, community recreation centers, ice rinks and libraries. The order will be in effect until April 8.
Weld County on Monday issued a public health order requiring social distancing of at least six feet and the cancellation of all events of 10 or more people, according to the county health department. Also, events at certain locations are prohibited, no matter how many people are there: Daycare centers, childcare centers, private schools, private day schools, community recreation centers, ice rinks and libraries. The order will be in effect until April 8.
3:48 p.m. | Mesa County offerts to reduce spread of COVID-19

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says its detention facility has begun to modify hours as a precaution due to the novel coronavirus.

3:45 p.m. | DeGette town hall Monday night

Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette will be holding a town hall via telephone about the coronavirus at 7 p.m. Monday. To ask questions, sign up here at least an hour before the town hall begins. You can also watch the town hall on the same link.

3:15 p.m. | Denver Clerk's office closed

Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette will be holding a town hall via telephone about the coronavirus at 7 p.m. Monday. To ask questions, sign up here at least an hour before the town hall begins. You can also watch the town hall on the same link.

2:30 p.m. | Denver Zoo closes

The Denver Zoo will shut down at 4 p.m. Monday and stay closed indefinitely.

"The Zoo will continue to assess the situation, and reopen and resume normal operations at the appropriate time," the zoo said in a news release Monday, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about limiting gatherings to less than 50 people.

Staff will still be able to work onsite and take care of the zoo's nearly 3,000 animals. Ticket refunds can be obtained by calling the Zoo’s Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

2:15 p.m. | CDPHE update on testing

Staff will still be able to work onsite and take care of the zoo's nearly 3,000 animals. Ticket refunds can be obtained by calling the Zoo’s Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Scott Bookman, incident commander for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, says the state is trying to work through a backlog of coronavirus tests and that the volume has been overwhelming for the state lab. The state can test about 250 samples per day, but officials are working to increase that testing capacity by sending samples to private labs across the country.

Staff will still be able to work onsite and take care of the zoo's nearly 3,000 animals. Ticket refunds can be obtained by calling the Zoo’s Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
A big focus for health officials this week is testing in mountain communities, because of the high number of tourists in that area and also a cluster of cases in Eagle and Pitkin counties. A testing site was opening in Telluride, where about 100 high-risk patients will be tested. Bookman said testing will happen this week in Routt County, in the Steamboat Springs area.

Bookman said another challenge for coronavirus testing has been the need for more personal protective equipment, or PPE, which keeps workers safe around patients who might have COVID-19. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock earlier Monday also said the lack of PPE was concerning for response efforts in the city.

2 p.m. | Loveland closes for season
Bookman said another challenge for coronavirus testing has been the need for more personal protective equipment, or PPE, which keeps workers safe around patients who might have COVID-19. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock earlier Monday also said the lack of PPE was concerning for response efforts in the city.

Loveland Ski Area says it will close for the season. Gov. Jared Polis over the weekend had temporarily shut down all ski areas in the state, but Loveland on Monday announced it will shut down for the season because "it is the best way we can help stop the spread of COVID-19."
2 p.m. | Loveland closes for season
Loveland said any upcoming lift tickets, rental packages and lessons will be refunded. Go here for full details about refunds.
Loveland Ski Area says it will close for the season. Gov. Jared Polis over the weekend had temporarily shut down all ski areas in the state, but Loveland on Monday announced it will shut down for the season because "it is the best way we can help stop the spread of COVID-19."
1:40 p.m. | 50 new nurses in state
Loveland said any upcoming lift tickets, rental packages and lessons will be refunded. Go here for full details about refunds.
State officials announced 50 new nurses are now in Colorado through the Freedom Health Care Staffing Company, which trains nurses for crisis situations. The nurses will staff testing sites and health care facilities. They are being funded from a portion of the $3 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund, which was activated by Gov. Jared Polis' recent executive action.
1:40 p.m. | 50 new nurses in state
The state also said it was opening a testing site near Telluride. The site will test 100 high-risk patients who have been selected by area health care officials to be prioritized for a test.
State officials announced 50 new nurses are now in Colorado through the Freedom Health Care Staffing Company, which trains nurses for crisis situations. The nurses will staff testing sites and health care facilities. They are being funded from a portion of the $3 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund, which was activated by Gov. Jared Polis' recent executive action.
1:30 p.m. | Trump: Avoid crowds of 10+
The state also said it was opening a testing site near Telluride. The site will test 100 high-risk patients who have been selected by area health care officials to be prioritized for a test.
President Trump in an afternoon news conference recommended that all Americans limit gatherings to 10 people or less and avoid eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. Officials recommended the limited gatherings for people in their homes, as well as in public places.
1:30 p.m. | Trump: Avoid crowds of 10+
"We hope the people of the United States will take [distancing recommendations] very seriously," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "They will fail if people don't adhere to them as a whole country, cooperate and collaborate to get things done."
President Trump in an afternoon news conference recommended that all Americans limit gatherings to 10 people or less and avoid eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. Officials recommended the limited gatherings for people in their homes, as well as in public places.
Earlier Monday, Denver city officials prohibited dining at bars and restaurants until May 11. Carryout, drive-through and delivery options will be permitted under the Denver order. Several other cities have taken similar action over the last two days.
"We hope the people of the United States will take [distancing recommendations] very seriously," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "They will fail if people don't adhere to them as a whole country, cooperate and collaborate to get things done."
1:20 p.m. | YMCA of Metro Denver closes
Earlier Monday, Denver city officials prohibited dining at bars and restaurants until May 11. Carryout, drive-through and delivery options will be permitted under the Denver order. Several other cities have taken similar action over the last two days.
The YMCA of Metro Denver temporarily closed all facilities, effective 1 p.m. Monday. The YMCA said it would share an updated "regarding re-opening in late March," but no specific date was given.
1:20 p.m. | YMCA of Metro Denver closes
1 p.m. | Denver Rescue Mission schedule changes
The YMCA of Metro Denver temporarily closed all facilities, effective 1 p.m. Monday. The YMCA said it would share an updated "regarding re-opening in late March," but no specific date was given.
The Denver Rescue Mission, which helps those experiencing poverty and homelessness, announced changes to their programs and services. Here's what is being put on hold for now:
1 p.m. | Denver Rescue Mission schedule changes
Holly Center Shelter – Closed – guests will stay at the Lawrence Street Shelter
Ministry Outreach Center
Client Services - Closed
Vehicle Donation Program – Closed
Furniture donations and pickups – Closed
Family Services at Administration & Education Building
Applications for Family Rescue Ministry or Family Refugee Services paused
Intake appointments for STAR Transitional Program paused
Family Services at Administration & Education Building
12:10 p.m.: Major League Baseball is pushing its start date to mid-May, at the earliest, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Associated Press is reporting. The CDC recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
Intake appointments for STAR Transitional Program paused
11:55 a.m.: Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers declared a state of emergency for the city Monday morning. The state of emergency makes Colorado Springs eligible for federal relief funding and gives Suthers authority to make certain regulations to help address the spread of coronavirus.
12:10 p.m.: Major League Baseball is pushing its start date to mid-May, at the earliest, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Associated Press is reporting. The CDC recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
11:40 a.m.: Mayor Michael Hancock is stressing the need for volunteers to help in the city's response to coronavirus and also the need for more personal protective equipment. He recommended contacting Mile High United Way through its website about volunteer opportunities.
11:55 a.m.: Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers declared a state of emergency for the city Monday morning. The state of emergency makes Colorado Springs eligible for federal relief funding and gives Suthers authority to make certain regulations to help address the spread of coronavirus.
Hancock said he was fearful that if city officials could not obtain more personal protective equipment in the next week, then efforts to help people with coronavirus could be slowed significantly. He said the equipment would come from the state and national level.
11:40 a.m.: Mayor Michael Hancock is stressing the need for volunteers to help in the city's response to coronavirus and also the need for more personal protective equipment. He recommended contacting Mile High United Way through its website about volunteer opportunities.
"We need [more personal protective equipment] in the Denver metro as quickly as possible," Hancock said, "and I mean hours."
Hancock said he was fearful that if city officials could not obtain more personal protective equipment in the next week, then efforts to help people with coronavirus could be slowed significantly. He said the equipment would come from the state and national level.
11:30 a.m.: Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday issued an order closing all restaurants and bars to on-site seating, effective 8 a.m. Tuesday through May 11. Delivery, drive-through and carryout will still be permitted under the order. The order follows guidance Sunday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gatherings of more than 50 people should be limited for the next eight weeks.
"We need [more personal protective equipment] in the Denver metro as quickly as possible," Hancock said, "and I mean hours."
"This was a very, very hard decision, because I know who is being impacted," Hancock said. "But right now, nothing trumps the health of the people of Denver. We wouldn't have moved in this direction unless we had to, in order to flatten that curve."
11:30 a.m.: Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday issued an order closing all restaurants and bars to on-site seating, effective 8 a.m. Tuesday through May 11. Delivery, drive-through and carryout will still be permitted under the order. The order follows guidance Sunday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gatherings of more than 50 people should be limited for the next eight weeks.
Hancock also announced that all DMV locations in Denver will be closed until further notice. There will be a grace period for people with expired registrations or licenses. Social distancing will be increased in the Denver jail, Hancock said, and deputies who handle evictions will be re-deployed.
"This was a very, very hard decision, because I know who is being impacted," Hancock said. "But right now, nothing trumps the health of the people of Denver. We wouldn't have moved in this direction unless we had to, in order to flatten that curve."
"Now is not the time to evict people from public housing," Hancock said.
Hancock also announced that all DMV locations in Denver will be closed until further notice. There will be a grace period for people with expired registrations or licenses. Social distancing will be increased in the Denver jail, Hancock said, and deputies who handle evictions will be re-deployed.
Go here for more updates from Hancock's news conference Monday morning.
"Now is not the time to evict people from public housing," Hancock said.
10:35 a.m.: Boulder issued an order Monday morning prohibiting anyone from holding an event or gathering on public space that could draw 20 or more people. That includes city parks and recreation areas and the Pearl Street Mall. The order does not apply to transportation waiting areas. Boulder had already closed all city buildings and facilities for the next two weeks.
Go here for more updates from Hancock's news conference Monday morning.
Earlier Monday, the BOLDERBoulder 10k race was postponed from its traditional Memorial Day date.
10:35 a.m.: Boulder issued an order Monday morning prohibiting anyone from holding an event or gathering on public space that could draw 20 or more people. That includes city parks and recreation areas and the Pearl Street Mall. The order does not apply to transportation waiting areas. Boulder had already closed all city buildings and facilities for the next two weeks.
10:10 a.m.: With children out of school, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Monday sent out health recommendations for parents and children. Children are believed to have a lower risk of coronavirus but can easily spread the virus to others.
Earlier Monday, the BOLDERBoulder 10k race was postponed from its traditional Memorial Day date.
CDPHE recommends that parents and children should practice social distancing as much as possible, trying to stay six feet away from others as much as possible. Parents should not take children into any social setting if they are sick. Here's the list of full recommendations from the CDPHE.
10:10 a.m.: With children out of school, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Monday sent out health recommendations for parents and children. Children are believed to have a lower risk of coronavirus but can easily spread the virus to others.
10:05 a.m.: Ameristar Black Hawk casino owner Penn National Gaming says it will reduce the number of open slot machines to increase social distancing. It will also reduce the number of chairs at table games and poker rooms and close facilities for deep cleaning two hours per day. Read the full update on Ameristar's plans.
CDPHE recommends that parents and children should practice social distancing as much as possible, trying to stay six feet away from others as much as possible. Parents should not take children into any social setting if they are sick. Here's the list of full recommendations from the CDPHE.
10 a.m.: Colorado Natural Gas says it will suspend disconnections through April 30, to help customers who are having a difficult time paying their bill. CNG has more than 20,000 customers in Jefferson, Gilpin, Park, Teller, Summit, Pueblo, Adams and Arapahoe counties.
10:05 a.m.: Ameristar Black Hawk casino owner Penn National Gaming says it will reduce the number of open slot machines to increase social distancing. It will also reduce the number of chairs at table games and poker rooms and close facilities for deep cleaning two hours per day. Read the full update on Ameristar's plans.
9:40 a.m.: The BOLDERBoulder 10K race on Memorial Day has been postponed, race officials announced. It will likely be rescheduled for the fall.
10 a.m.: Colorado Natural Gas says it will suspend disconnections through April 30, to help customers who are having a difficult time paying their bill. CNG has more than 20,000 customers in Jefferson, Gilpin, Park, Teller, Summit, Pueblo, Adams and Arapahoe counties.
"We are formalizing plans, and thousands of details so that we can announce a new date as soon as possible," officials said in a news release Monday morning.
9:40 a.m.: The BOLDERBoulder 10K race on Memorial Day has been postponed, race officials announced. It will likely be rescheduled for the fall.
The race is the second-largest 10K race in the country and has drawn more than 50,000 runners in recent years. It has been held on Memorial Day in Boulder since 1979. Anyone who has already registered for this year's race will automatically have their registration moved to the new date, later in the year.
"We are formalizing plans, and thousands of details so that we can announce a new date as soon as possible," officials said in a news release Monday morning.
6:40 a.m.: Many ski resorts are closing for at least a week, if not more. A few more announced changes to their expected reopening dates this morning. Here are the latest from the resorts:
The race is the second-largest 10K race in the country and has drawn more than 50,000 runners in recent years. It has been held on Memorial Day in Boulder since 1979. Anyone who has already registered for this year's race will automatically have their registration moved to the new date, later in the year.
-Vail: Closed through March 22
-Keystone: Closed through March 22
-Breck: Closed through March 22
-Beaver Creek: Closed through March 22
-Arapahoe Basin: Closed on March 15 for an indeterminate amount of time
-Steamboat: Closed on March 15 until further notice
-Winter Park: Closed on March 15 until further notice
-Loveland: Closed March 15 indefinitely
-Crested Butte: Closed through March 22
-Telluride: Closed for the season
-Snowmass: Closed through at least March 22
-Eldora: Closed through March 22
-Wolf Creek: Closed through March 22
-Steamboat: Closed on Sunday until further notice
-Silverton: Currently reviewing law and governor’s order to review options. We're expecting an update from them today.
-Purgatory: Closed through March 22
-Monarch: Closed for the season
-Silverton: Currently reviewing law and governor’s order to review options. We're expecting an update from them today.
3:47 a.m.: All meetings, classes, performances and other events in Fort Collins city recreation and cultural facilities have been canceled or postponed if they were scheduled between March 16-27.
-Monarch: Closed for the season
3:36 a.m.: The National Guard has arrived in Telluride to help state and local officials make decisions related to testing for COVID-19. Testing is scheduled for Tuesday at a location in Lawson Hill outside Telluride for people who are symptomatic and have doctor’s orders for the test.
3:47 a.m.: All meetings, classes, performances and other events in Fort Collins city recreation and cultural facilities have been canceled or postponed if they were scheduled between March 16-27.

3:36 a.m.: The National Guard has arrived in Telluride to help state and local officials make decisions related to testing for COVID-19. Testing is scheduled for Tuesday at a location in Lawson Hill outside Telluride for people who are symptomatic and have doctor’s orders for the test.

MORE | Coronavirus in Colorado: Updates from March 6-11, 2020

Sunday, March 15

9:45 P.M.: The City of Denver is preparing a 'public order' to align with the CDC guidelines of limiting gatherings of 50 people or more. In a statement, the city said a press briefing will be held Monday at 11 a.m. to detail impacts on Denver residents and businesses.

8:42 p.m.: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recommending that Coloradans adhere to the guidance released by the CDC today to recommends, for the next eight weeks, that “organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

More on the guidance from the CDC here.

6:10 P.M. | Arvada to close all city facilities starting Monday: City hall, including municipal court and other public city buildings will be closed Monday through March 27. The closures follow a State of Emergency issued Friday by the Arvada city manager.

6:00 P.M. | MSU suspending in-person, on-campus classes: Metro State University announced there will be no on-campus classes starting Monday, March 16. Online classes will continue, the university said in a statement. Students are urged to contact instructors with questions. Read full MSU statement.

5:45 P.M. | CDC recommends limiting crowd sizes over next 8 weeks: Both for organizations and individuals, the CDC recommended canceling public or individual events with crowd sizes larger than 50 people over the next two months. The guidance on gatherings include: concerts, parades, conferences and weddings, among other events. The recommendations are guidelines not regulations.

4:50 P.M. | No drive-up testing Monday: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tweeted Sunday that no drive-up testing will be done Monday. However, CDPHE said a drive-up testing site will be made available by appointment only on Tuesday -- a location has not been determined. The state health agency has not provided details as to why they are not able to provide drive-up testing Monday.

4:07 p.m. | Denver-area businesses close: Several businesses in the Denver area are closing due to COVID-19 spread. My Brother's Bar, Denver's oldest bar, said it will close temporarily and reopen at a future time. Illegal Pete's said it will close all of its locations effective Monday.

3:55 p.m. | Starbucks closes inside seating: Starbucks said Sunday that starting today it will "move to a 'to go' model across the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks to help prevent prolonged social gathering in our cafés." The company said Mobile Order & Pay, Drive Thru and Delivery will still be open.

3:29 p.m. | State advises visitors, residents of Colorado’s mountain communities to minimize social contact: Colorado health officials are recommending that people who live or have visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties in the past week to minimize their contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. Officials said the recommendation is due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities. A third of the state's positive cases have come from those four counties.

1:50 p.m. | CDPHE confirms 30 additional new positive cases in Colorado: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed 30 new positive cases in Colorado, based on overnight test results. That brings the total number of positive cases to date to 131.

Age of individuals of the 30 new cases:
Teenaged - 4
20s – 4
30s – 7
40s – 4
50s – 7
60s – 3
70s – 1

County of residence of the 30 new cases:
Arapahoe – 3
Boulder - 3
Denver – 4
Douglas - 4
Eagle – 4
El Paso – 1
Garfield - 1
Gunnison - 2
Jefferson – 5
Weld - 2
Unknown - 1

1:22 p.m. | Weld County confirms two additional COVID-19 cases: Weld County health officials reported Sunday two additional positive cases. The health department is investigating the circumstances and has identified close contacts. These cases bring the number of positive cases in Weld County to five.

1:02 p.m. | Royal Gorge Route Railroad suspends operations: The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is temporarily shutting down starting Monday. The company said the decision to close the attraction was based on strong guidance issued by Governor Polis to the ski industry. The company said some staff will be retained during the hiatus, others will be temporarily laid off. Royal Gorge Route Railroad said an emergency fund is being established for laid off staff who may need support.

12:13 p.m. | King Soopers employee tests positive for coronavirus: A King Soopers employee, who worked at the downtown location, tested positive for COVID-19, the Kroger-owned chain confirmed to Denver7. The employee last worked at the store, located at 1950 Chestnut Place, on March 6. The employee is receiving medical care and recovering.

9:31 p.m. | Denver DMV employee tests positive for COVID-19: An employee at the Tremont DMV in Denver tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Sunday. Anyone who visited the Tremont DMV, located at 2855 Tremont Place, on March 11 or 12, is urged to pay close attention to whether they feel ill and contact their healthcare provider if they begin to display symptoms that include fever, cough & shortness of breath, the agency tweeted.

9:05 a.m. | Confirmed coronavirus cases in US has tripled since Wednesday: According to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has tripled in recent days, bringing the total to around 3,000. The death total throughout the country has risen to 57.

Saturday, March 14

9:42 p.m. | KSE employees will continue to get paid during closure: Part-time and hourly employees of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment venues, including the Pepsi Center, will continue to be paid as the company suspends operations at its facilities for the next 30 days. KSE also owns the Paramount Theatre, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and 1STBANK Center.

9:18 p.m. | Gov. orders all Colorado ski areas to close: Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order Saturday evening, suspending operations at Colorado ski resorts in response to COVID-19.

6:38 p.m. | More Colorado mountain ski resorts close: Shortly after Vail Resorts announced it would be suspending it North American operations, other Colorado mountain resorts followed suit. Steamboat and Winter Park will shut down Sunday until further notice. Each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period, a statement read. Arapahoe Basin tweeted that it too will close Sunday for Arapahoe Basin for an undetermined amount of time.

6:02 p.m. | Colorado municipalities, counties declare emergency: Colorado communities have declared a disaster or emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak. Boulder County and the city of Brighton declared Saturday a formal local disaster emergency in response to COVID-19. A disaster declaration help communities receive emergency funding quicker.

5:38 p.m. | Other Colorado mountain ski resorts close: Shortly after Vail Resorts announced it would be suspending it North American operations, other Colorado mountain resorts followed suit. Steamboat and Winter Park will shut down Sunday until further notice. Each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period, a statement read.

5:23 p.m. | Trump tests negative for COVID-19: President Donald Trump's physician said the president has tested negative for COVID-19. Trump had held out on testing for days, despite his interactions with at least three people who have since tested positive. The White House says it's now conducting temperature checks on anyone in close contact with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

5:16 p.m. | Governor urges other mountain resorts to close: Governor Jared Polis urged other Colorado mountain resorts to follow Vail's lead and suspend operations.

4:33 p.m. | Vail to close amid outbreak: Vail Resorts is suspending its operations at all its North American mountain resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, and lasting through Sunday, March 22.

In a statement, the company said, “our top priority has been the health and wellbeing of our guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and wellbeing of the communities where we operate. We know each decision we make has a broad impact far beyond our operations.”

The company said its lodging and property management operations will remain open to service guests with existing reservations, but no new reservations will be taken for this upcoming week.

4:01 p.m. | Denver DMV to close: Denver DMV branches will close beginning Monday and will remain closed until further notice, the agency announced Saturday. Motor vehicle staff will continue to process phone calls, mail and online transactions during this time, officials said. Denver motor vehicle officials are providing a grace period for expired vehicle registrations and for newly purchased vehicles that have not yet been registered through April 9.

3:56 p.m. | King Soopers temporarily reduces hours of operation: King Soopers announced that they will be temporarily reducing the hours they will stay open at all its stores amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado. Starting Sunday, all locations will shift their service hours from 5 a.m.-midnight to 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The Kroger-owned grocer said the temporary reduction in hours will allow workers to focus on restocking shelves.

3:30 p.m. | Fatal COVID-19 patient may have exposed hundreds: El Paso County Public Health said the fatal COVID-19 patient, a woman in her 80s living in El Paso County who had underlying health conditions, may have exposed over 100 people during bridge games at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center.

2:10 p.m.: Officials issued a public health alert for anyone who attended the Colorado Springs Bridge Center from Feb. 27 through March 3. The El Paso County woman who died of coronavirus this week attended bridge games at the center on those dates. Officials said the alert is especially important for anyone who attended the following games:

-- 02/27/2020 Thursday Evening Unit Pairs
-- 02/28/2020 Friday Morning Pairs
-- 02/29/2020 299er Pair
-- 02/29/2020 299er Pairs
-- 03/01/2020 299er Swiss
-- 03/03/2020 499'rs

Anyone who attended the bridge center during those dates and are experiencing coronavirus symptoms should call their healthcare provider immediately.

12:50 p.m.: State officials announced 24 new cases of coronavirus in Colorado, bringing the statewide total to 101. Here's what we know about the new cases, via the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

Age of individuals:
20s – 4
30s – 5
40s – 5
50s – 5
60s – 2
70s – 2
80s – 1

County of residence:
Adams - 3
Arapahoe – 3
Denver – 5
Eagle – 4
El Paso – 1
Gunnison - 2
Jefferson – 2
Mesa - 1
Pitkin – 1
Weld - 1
Out of state - 1 (Currently located Denver County)

Resident/Visitor:
Residents: 23
Visitors: 1

Gender:
Female: 11
Male: 13

12:45 p.m.: The drive-up coronavirus testing facility at the Denver Coliseum will close due to high volume. Officials were expecting to test between 100-150 people.

12:40 p.m.: A student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has tested positive for coronavirus, but the student was not on campus while infectious, officials said.

12:25 p.m.: The Colorado legislature is shutting down for two weeks over coronavirus concerns. Lawmakers passed a resolution for adjourn on Saturday.

11:40 a.m.: A third positive coronavirus case has been identified in Weld County, officials say. The patient is connected to a case in Larimer County. Both patients work for health care systems in Larimer and Weld counties, according to Weld County officials.

11:10 a.m.: Gov. Jared Polis stopped by the Denver Coliseum, where Saturday's drive-up testing facility was located. The National Guard was helping at the facility, which was expected to test 100-150 people.

9:40 a.m.: Kroenke Sports and Entertainment venues, including the Pepsi Center, won't hold events for the next 30 days, KSE announced Saturday morning. KSE also owns the Paramount Theatre, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and 1STBANK Center.
"KSE’s goal and expectation is that all impacted events at the KSE venues will be rescheduled," KSE said in a news release.

9:25 a.m.: State officials are restricting all visitors at skilled nursing, assisted living and intermediate care facilities, a move aimed at protecting vulnerable populations from the spread of coronavirus. The order from Gov. Jared Polis requires facilities to offer "alternative communication" methods for people who would visit the facility residents and mandates screening of everyone entering the facilities. Third-party visitors who are critical to the resident's care will be allowed to continue visits, with screening.

7:40 a.m.: Just a reminder about today's drive-up coronavirus testing in Denver: The facility will be at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only the first 100-150 vehicles in line will be tested, based on resources at the facility.

7:30 a.m.: Apple will be closing all stores outside of China until March 27 in response to the coronavirus, CEO Tim Cook said Saturday.

MORE COVERAGE: Go here for our live updates from Thursday, March 5 through Wednesday, March 11.

What you should know about the novel coronavirus

The CDPHE said the "vast majority" of COVID-19 cases will be mild. Across the nation, the more severe cases typically involved the elderly and people with health conditions.

MORE: Tips on how to prevent catching, spreading coronavirus

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, a bill President Trump signed on March 6 guarantees $8.3 billion in funding which provides federal public health agencies with money for vaccines, tests and potential treatments and helps state and local governments prepare and respond to the threat. The bill also contains $500 million to expand access to health services for seniors.

The CDC said the best way to prevent the virus is to avoid close contact with sick people, keep your hands away from your face, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, disinfect items you frequently touch, wash your hands often — essentially, what you would do during the flu season.

It’s important to note the difference between coronaviruses and COVID-19. Currently, there are many kinds of coronaviruses — like the common cold — in Colorado and beyond. On the other hand, this novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, is brand new. People have never been sick from this specific virus before.

CDC said the actual virus is called SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19.

COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China in late January. It has since spread to almost 70 locations around the world, according to the CDC. John Hopkins University is tracking the international number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries, which can be seen here.

Do you have more questions on COVID-19? Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 to reach the CDPHE.