DENVER — New outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have been reported at multiple Colorado restaurants, a church, a popular hotel and even a rural fair, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
No outbreaks on the list are tied to a large gathering that made headlines in Weld County at the end of July or Bandimere Speedway, which received a temporary restraining order for a Fourth of July event.
There are also not any outbreaks on the list yet that are tied to schools. Some districts and universities resumed in-person learning this week.
Since COVID-19 was first confirmed in Colorado in early March, there have been 561 outbreaks of COVID-19. Of those, 167 are still considered active. For an outbreak to be resolved, the CDPHE said 28 days must pass with no new illnesses.
There are at least 9,188 COVID-19 cases connected to outbreaks, which accounts for 17% of the 53,901 total cases in Colorado. At least 878 deaths are connected to outbreaks as well. That’s 46% of deaths among COVID-19 cases in the state.
In total, skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, indoor offices and sit-down restaurants have hosted the most outbreaks. Currently, the top four are skilled nursing homes, sit-down restaurants, indoor offices and child care centers.
>>> The video above is a recap of the latest COVID-19 outbreaks from Colorado's governor.
The data is cumulative, and it reflects each case reported in an outbreak since it began. It does not reflect how many people are currently sick. For something to be considered an outbreak, the CDPHE said there has to be two or more cases of COVID-19 in a facility or non-household group with onset in the same 14-day period.
The CDPHE updates its outbreak data every Wednesday. Here’s a look at outbreaks in Colorado by type.
For the second week in a row, there is only one active outbreak at a Colorado grocery store. There have been 16 grocery store outbreaks since the pandemic began.
The only remaining grocery store outbreak is at King Soopers #114 in Commerce City. That is located at 15051 E. 104th Ave.
The CDPHE said seven employees there have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 25 have probable cases of the virus. The outbreak was first declared at this store on June 2.
Since last week’s data was reported, new COVID-19 outbreaks have been confirmed at four additional Colorado restaurants.
- The Cheba Hut at 3171 N. Chestnut St. in El Paso County (two confirmed staff cases)
- Culvers in Larimer County (four confirmed staff cases)
- The Qdoba in Vail (two confirmed staff cases)
- House of China in Gunnison (eight confirmed staff cases)
It's worth mentioning that no deaths have been tied to outbreaks at Colorado restaurants.
Find the full list of restaurant outbreaks below:
Schools, child care centers and more
There have been 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Colorado Academy Summer Camps in Jefferson County, according to CDPHE data.
The Colorado State University Athletic Department has also had 24 confirmed cases of the virus.
CSU's Kappa Sigma Fraternity has seven confirmed cases among residents, the data says.
There are nine active COVID-19 outbreaks at daycares across Colorado, CDPHE said.
The latest batch of data does not reflect new outbreaks reported as some districts have returned to class.
See information about COVID-19 outbreaks at child care centers, colleges, day camps and more below.
The largest new outbreak reported in this week's data was at Fountain Faith Fellowship in El Paso County, where nine attendees have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to one staff member with a probable case and one attendee with a probable case.
According to the CDPHE data, 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been tied to attendees at religious facilities. There are eight probable attendee cases.
Nine church staff members have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state's six active outbreaks at religious facilities.
Other new COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado
Since last week, there have been two new COVID-19 outbreaks at Colorado nursing homes. One is a second outbreak at PowerBack Rehabilitation in Lafayette, where the data says two residents have died of the novel coronavirus.
In addition, there have been nine confirmed cases of the virus among staff and eight that are probable since the pandemic began.
According to a news release from PowerBack, the center's Lakewood facility has been converted into a temporary COVID-19 rehabilitation center.
The second nursing home outbreak is listed as a second set of cases since the pandemic began at Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies in Larimer County, where 10 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and four have died, the data says.
Other new outbreaks have been reported at:
- United Ramp Services in Denver, where six employees have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- American Furniture Warehouse in El Paso County, where four workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Heuser and Heuser Personal Injury Law Firm in El Paso County, where four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
- KDVR/KWGN in Denver, where three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Navajo Incorporated Handy Solutions in Denver, where six employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 17 staff members have probable cases. The data says the outbreak was confirmed on Aug. 18, but it is listed as resolved on Aug. 19.
- Epicurean Butter in Adams County, where five employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Rusin Concrete Construction in El Paso County, where seven employees have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and three have probable cases.
- The Prowers County Sand and Sage Fair, where three attendees have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Tractor Supply in Teller County, where two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and two have probable cases.
- Great Wolf Lodge in El Paso County, where three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
There are five healthcare facilities with a repeat outbreak. Centennial Healthcare had one of the deadliest outbreaks in Colorado that began March. There was a second outbreak there in July that is now resolved and was less severe than the first. The CDPHE data shows 66 confirmed cases and 20 deaths in the first outbreak. There were 23 confirmed cases and no deaths in the most recent outbreak. The active outbreak at Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies is more widespread with the first with four more cases.
Overall, there are at least 4,946 cases and 835 deaths tied to 220 total healthcare outbreaks. That is at least 9% of 53,901 cases and 44% of deaths among cases statewide
The number of new cases and deaths in these facilities have slowed. Since last week, 53 additional confirmed cases and seven more deaths happened in places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
COVID-19 outbreaks in jails and prisons
At least 1,373 confirmed cases and five confirmed deaths are connected to 16 total outbreaks at jails/prisons. The severity of those outbreaks increased by 12 cases since last week. 11 of these outbreaks are still active.
Most notably, the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center in Denver now has 199 confirmed and 315 probable inmate cases. The largest outbreak in prisons/jails continues to be Sterling Correctional Facility at 564 confirmed inmate cases.
189 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are connected to the homeless community through five outbreaks. There are not any additional cases from last week. The largest outbreak is 112 confirmed resident and 10 confirmed staff cases among people experiencing homelessness in Denver.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story inaccurately reported the number of confirmed cases at Qdoba in Vail. It has since been updated.
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