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Two more coronavirus deaths announced in Colorado as state total rises to 9

Two more people in Colorado — one in El Paso County and the other in Gunnison County — have died of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to nine on Monday night.

“We are saddened to report our fourth COVID-related death in El Paso County,” Denver Latest News El Paso County Public Health said in a Facebook post at 9 p.m. The coronavirus victim is described as a man in his 80s.

Meanwhile, Gunnison County’s department of Health and Human Services announced its first death associated with the coronavirus, a man in his 50s, according to a news release

Both counties offered condolences to family and friends of the two most recent victims.

“We recognize these are trying times,” Joni Reynolds, Gunnison County director of public health, said in the release. Press Release Distribution Service “However, in a region known somewhat for its collective grit, I am confident — with the full cooperation of the Gunnison Valley community — that we will one day get through this crisis.”

El Paso County health officials said they are investigating how the man contracted COVID-19 and are trying to trace any possible contacts.

Earlier on Monday, state health officials announced that novel coronavirus cases rose by 129 to a total 720 in Colorado.

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