Coronavirus In Colorado-Tue., April 28. Polis: Modeling Shows CO Can Slowly Reopen

April 28, 2020
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Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference about the state's efforts to reopen non-essential businesses while still dealing with the dangers of the new coronavirus Monday, April 27, 2020, in the State Capitol in Denver.

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Updated 4:15 p.m.

---Latest State Data Shows Over 14,300 Known Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 In Colorado---

There are over 14,300 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes people who tested positive for the virus and people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive and are showing symptoms of the virus.

Over 2,500 people have been hospitalized and 736 people have died thus far due to the novel coronavirus. More than 67,000 have been tested, although that number does not include all negative results. There are 149 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities. The data is complete through April 27.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 884
  • Douglas – 453
  • Pueblo – 135* 
  • Chaffee – 66
  • Elbert – 27 
  • Teller – 28 
  • Fremont – 22
  • Kit Carson – 20 
  • Baca – 10
  • Alamosa – 10 
  • Otero – 8
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Costilla – 3
  • Las Animas – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Crowley – 2
  • Huerfano – 2
  • Prowers – 1
  • Kiowa – 0

*Pueblo County is reporting known cases of COVID-19 not yet reflected in data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment due to a difference in reporting periods.

---Polis Says Modeling Shows Colorado Is Ready To Slowly Reopen With 'Safer-At-Home'---

Gov. Jared Polis outlined why now was the time to lift Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order and gave an update on "Level Two" of the state's COVID-19 response: Safer-at-Home.

"Why now?" Polis said on Monday from the state Capitol. "Our modeling shows that we can handle the caseload and that we need to figure out how to do this in a sustainable way."

This phase is a step toward reopening some businesses in the state. The new executive order keeps many of the same recommendations — like wearing a mask when you go out on essential travel, and maintaining social distance — but adds more clarity to what a gradual reopening looks like.

"We bought time to build our healthcare capacity," Polis said, referring to the now-lifted stay-at-home order. That includes purchasing masks, gloves, face shields and other personal protective equipment and hiring medical staff. "The goal was never to eradicate the virus in the United States. It's unrealistic."

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---Latest Data From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment---

There are 13,879 known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 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.

2,485 people have been hospitalized and 706 people have died thus far due to the novel coronavirus in Colorado. More than 66,341 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 144 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Sun., April 26.

In Southern and Southeastern Colorado counties, known cases of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • El Paso – 879 
  • Douglas – 449 
  • Pueblo – 133* 
  • Chaffee – 66*
  • Elbert – 27 
  • Teller – 27 
  • Fremont – 22
  • Kit Carson – 20 
  • Baca – 10
  • Alamosa – 10 
  • Otero – 8
  • Lincoln – 3
  • Costilla – 3
  • Las Animas – 3
  • Custer – 2
  • Crowley – 2
  • Huerfano – 2
  • Prowers – 1
  • Kiowa – 0

* Pueblo and Chaffee counties are reporting known cases of COVID-19 not yet reflected in data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment due to a difference in reporting periods.

Additionally, Colfax County in Northern New Mexico continues to hold steady, with five known cases of COVID-19.

See yesterday's updates here.