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Active COVID-19 outbreaks at Colorado social gatherings, restaurants, schools and more

There are 346 COVID-19 outbreaks that are listed as active in Colorado as of Oct. 21.

COLORADO, USA — There are 346 active COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado that have happened everywhere from schools to offices to dinner parties to among firefighters battling the Cameron Peak Fire. 

That's according to the latest outbreak data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), which releases a new list each Wednesday. 

Two cases of the novel coronavirus constitute an outbreak, and the numbers are cumulative, meaning if an entity has a certain number of cases, that doesn't mean all those people were sick at once. 

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For an outbreak to be resolved, CDPHE said 28 days must pass with no new illnesses. 

As of Oct. 20, the outbreak at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley was listed as resolved. It had been active since April 3, and was the deadliest workplace during the pandemic in Colorado, with six deaths and 292 confirmed cases. 

There is, however, a new outbreak where eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at JBS corporate, according to the data. 

Keep reading for a look at novel coronavirus outbreaks in Colorado by category. Below is a map with the locations of all of the outbreaks in the state:

> CDPHE's full list of outbreaks in Colorado can be found here.  


There are 55 active COVID-19 outbreaks related to education in Colorado. This includes K-12 schools, colleges and universities, as well as administrative offices. 

The largest is at the University of Colorado, where CDPHE reports there are 1,584 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and 17 among staff. At Colorado State University in Fort Collins, 566 students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data. 

Outbreaks reported at K-12 schools are smaller, and all of them involve 10 or fewer confirmed cases among students. 

See the full list below.  

Social gatherings 

Multiple Front Range counties have limited the size of private social gatherings due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases. 

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Six social gatherings have made the outbreak list of active outbreaks. Those include: 

  • A bunco night in Mesa County, where seven attendees tested positive for COVID-19 
  • A dinner party in Pitkin County, where eight attendees tested positive for COVID-19 
  • A gathering in Moffat County, where five attendees tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • A wedding in Pitkin County, where seven attendees tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • A social gathering in Pitkin County, where six attendees tested positive for COVID-19 and another 10 have probable cases. 
  • A social gathering in Mesa County, where nine people tested positive for COVID-19 and one person has a probable case. 


There are 34 active COVID-19 outbreaks at restaurants in Colorado, according to CDPHE. All but two of them only involve staff members, but two also involve attendees. 

See the full list of COVID-19 outbreaks at restaurants below. 

Grocery stores

There are four active COVID-19 outbreaks at Colorado grocery stores. Those are at: 

King Soopers #1 

Address: 1331 Speer Blvd., Denver

No. of employee cases: Four 

Costco #440

Address: 6400 W. 92nd Ave., Westminster

No. of employee cases: 11 confirmed, three probable

King Soopers #114 

Address: 15051 E. 104th Ave., Commerce City

No. of employee cases: Eight confirmed, 40 probable 

Trader Joe's

Address: 5342 N. Nevada Ave,, Colorado Springs

No. of employee cases: Five

Offices and other outbreaks

As some businesses work to move employees away from working from home, there are 45 COVID-19 outbreaks at offices in Colorado, according to CDPHE. 

See the full list of indoor office outbreaks below. 

Other notable outbreaks include among those fighting the Cameron Peak Fire, where 45 people have tested positive for COVID-19. 

There are 41 probable cases of COVID-19 among staff at a Home Depot in Adams County, with 11 confirmed cases. 

There are two outbreaks tied to bowling alleys in Mesa County, as well as outbreaks at Top Golf in Thornton and Arapahoe County, according to the data. 

> See the full outbreaks list here. 




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