Coronavirus In Colorado-Wed., April 29 Updates: El Paso County Backs State’s Safer At Home Approach

April 29, 2020
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Update-4:15 p.m.

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

There are 14,758 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.

2,621 people have been hospitalized and 766 people have died thus far due to the novel coronavirus in Colorado. More than 69,449 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 157 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Tues., April 27.

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

  • El Paso – 907 (+23 over the previous day)
  • Douglas – 453 (+15)
  • Pueblo – 136* (+1) 
  • Chaffee – 66
  • Teller – 28 
  • Elbert – 28 (+1) 
  • 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.

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

Update: 9:00 a.m.

---El Paso County Receives $125.7 Million From CARES Act---

El Paso County has received $125.7 million dollars as part of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, known as the CARES Act. Commission Chair Mark Waller says the county will retain about 55 percent of those funds, while the remaining will be distributed among municipalities in the county.

"The federal government has put a mandate on us as the county to be the oversight agency for that," said Waller in a press conference Tuesday, "and to provide complete transparency in how those dollars are distributed and how those funds are going to be spent."

Waller says the county will retain about $83 million dollars while Colorado Springs will receive about 38 million dollars. 

---El Paso County Health Backs State's Safer At Home Approach---

El Paso County Health officials say it's in the community's best interest to follow the state's new safer at home guidelines. 

Dr. Robin Johnson with the county health department said Tuesday that data suggests the spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County has slowed down.

"While we are cautiously optimistic about this reopening, we want to remind people that it is a very gradual phased reopening and shift toward easing restrictions," Johnson said.

Johnson said it's still critical for people to stay home as much as possible and take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The methodical reopening gives them time to monitor trends in local cases, she said.

"Public Health is using a data and science-based approach to make the most informed decisions for our community," said Johnson. "And we need to be able to monitor and assess how the eased restrictions are affecting our case counts before making any further decisions."

Johnson said an important part of that is widespread testing. She said providers in El Paso County currently have the ability to approach or exceed what she called the "gold-standard" in testing, which amounts locally to about 1100 per day.

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

There are 14,316 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.

2,571 people have been hospitalized and 736 people have died thus far due to the novel coronavirus in Colorado. More than 67,094 people have been tested, though the number may not include all negative results.

There are 149 known outbreaks reported at residential and non-hospital healthcare facilities, prisons or other facilities.

This data is complete through Mon., 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
  • Teller – 28 
  • Elbert – 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 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.

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

See yesterday's updates here.