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Denver: Latest updates on coronavirus

Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Colorado and latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak

Colorado had 591 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Sunday, March 22, according to the state Department of Health. So far, Colorado’s state lab has tested 5,436 people for COVID-19. There are cases in 29 counties, and 58 people are hospitalized. There are five outbreaks of the disease at residential or long-term care facilities, including the North Shore Health & Rehab Facility in Loveland and Laurel Manor Care Center in Colorado Springs.

According to the Department of Health, 1% of confirmed Colorado cases are in children 9 or younger, 3% are in those ages 10 to 19, 14% are in 20- to 20-year-olds and 17% are in 30- to 39-year-olds. Those ages 40 to 49 make up 20% of cases, while 16% are in 50- to 59-year-olds, 14% are in 60- to 99-year-olds, 10% are in 70- to 79-year-olds and 5% are in those 80 or older.

The state has had six known deaths from COVID-19. The first, announced Saturday (March 14), was a woman in her 80s from El Paso County. The second death was a man in his 70s from Weld County, Fox 31 reported. The third was a man in his mid-60s from Weld county, Denver Latest News and the fourth was an elderly resident of Crowley County. The fourth was a man in his mid-60s from Eagle County, where the ski destination of Vail is located. Eagle has a particularly high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. An El Paso County man in his 70s was the state’s sixth death, reported on Saturday (March 21).

On Wednesday, March 18, the Colorado Department of Public Health banned gatherings of more than 10 people in the state. On Wednesday (March 18), Polis signed an order ending in-person instruction at all private and public schools in the state, effective from March 23 until April 17.

The orders followed other efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Tuesday (March 10), Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency for Colorado and enacted an emergency rule that requires employers of service and hospitality workers to offer four days of paid sick leave for those being tested for COVID-19, according to Colorado Public Radio (CPR) News. On Monday, March 16, Denver mayor Michael Hancock ordered all bars and restaurants in the city to halt onsite dining for 8 weeks, Denver Press Release Distribution Service beginning March 17 until May 11. Delivery and take-out can continue, according to 5280 Magazine. On March 16, Governor Jared Polis ordered the closure of all Colorado bars and restaurants, restricting them to carry-out or delivery service only for 30 days. On Thursday evening (March 19), Polis extended this closure order to hair salons, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors. The new orders also lengthen the closure period for all of these businesses to April 30.

More than 20,000 people in Colorado had filed for unemployment as of Friday, March 20, ABC 7 reported.

Two Colorado politicians, Republican senator Cory Gardner and Democratic representative Jason Crow, have announced that they are self-quarantining after contact with constituents who later tested positive for COVID-19, Denver 7 news reported.

The state has ramped up testing with temporary drive-through centers in Denver, Telluride, Pueblo, Salida and Colorado Springs, but these sites are opened only according to available resources. In Salida on Saturday (March 21), for example, testing was only available to the first 100 people to arrive (with a physician’s order), according to Denver 7.

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