Coronavirus In Colorado, April 11 Updates

April 11, 2020
The latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows almost 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state.The latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows almost 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows almost 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

This post will be updated throughout the day.

New Numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado Show Close to 7,000 Cases

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows close to 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state. This includes both people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms.

Credit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Over 1,300 people have been hospitalized and 274 people have died thus far due to the novel coronavirus. The numbers are accurate through April 10.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are the following:

  • El Paso – 578 (+28 over the previous day) 
  • Douglas – 292 (+10)
  • Pueblo – 53
  • Chaffee – 28 (+2)
  • Elbert – 14 (+1)
  • Teller – 12 
  • Baca – 10 (+1)
  • Kit Carson – 7 (+1)
  • Alamosa – 7
  • Otero – 5
  • Fremont – 6
  • Costilla – 3
  • Custer – 2 
  • Las Animas – 2
  • Crowley – 2 (+1)
  • Huerfano – 1
  • Lincoln – 1 
  • Prowers – 1
  • Kiowa – 0 

Aurora Nursing Home Site of Large Outbreak Among Staff, Residents

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment reported a nursing home in Aurora was the site of a large COVID-19 outbreak, where over 70% of residents and 60% of staff tested positive for COVID-19. Juniper Village in Aurora has also reported eight deaths, five which were confirmed to be caused by COVID-19. Read more on this story at CPR.org.

State Outlines New Crisis Standards for Emergency Medical Services and Personal Protective Equipment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment outlined new crisis standards to help health care providers responding to COVID-19. 

According to a statement by Eric France, chief medical officer with the department, "the activated crisis standards provide recommendations on the questions ambulance dispatchers should ask and the equipment first responders should wear." 

The full list of recommendations can be found on the department's website.

Colorado Orders More Than $46 Million In Medical Supplies

The Colorado Unified Command Group has ordered more than $46 million worth of medical supplies to help meet needs from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group has been working with local, national and international vendors to place the orders, which consist of personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, as well as ventilators and respirators.

"These are extraordinary efforts in place to effectively deal with a lack of national strategy for the disrupted supply chain that is making it near impossible for acquiring the needed supplies to effectively manage the health crisis," said Scott Bookman, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 incident commander in a press release.

The agency will test the materials upon receipt and withhold payment until the equipment and gear is verified. Once verified, the resources will be distributed throughout the state.

Additionally, the state health department says FEMA has awarded $16.7 million in funds for the purchase of medical supplies, and has sent Colorado 100 ventilators.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Shows Over 6,500 COVID-19 Cases in the State

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows 6,510 known cases of COVID-19 in the state. That includes both positive tests and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

1,312 people are hospitalized and 250 people have died. There are 59 known outbreaks in at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities. More than 32,000 people have been tested, according to the state, but not all negative tests may be represented in that number.

Data is complete through Thurs., April 9.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are the following:

  • El Paso – 550 (+16 over the previous day) 
  • Douglas – 282 (+12)
  • Pueblo – 53* (+4)
  • Chaffee – 26 
  • Elbert – 13 (+3)
  • Teller – 12 
  • Baca – 9
  • Kit Carson – 6
  • Alamosa – 7
  • Otero – 5
  • Fremont – 6*
  • Costilla – 3
  • Custer – 2 
  • Las Animas – 2
  • Huerfano – 1
  • Crowley – 1 
  • Lincoln – 1 
  • Prowers – 1
  • Kiowa – 0 

*The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment reported 48 cases of COVID-19 in the county, which includes three cases not reflected in the state data due to the collection period. The Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment is also reporting six known cases, one more than is reflected yet in the state data.

Yesterday's update here.