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200 COVID cases among Denver safety employees including police, fire

Those employees include police, fire, sheriff and 911 dispatch.

DENVER — There are 200 current COVID-19 cases among Denver's Department of Safety employees, the city said Monday. 

Those employees work for the city's police, fire and sheriff departments, along with 911 dispatch, Community Corrections and the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID). There are a total of 4,400 employees in Public Safety. 

So far this year, there’ve been 910 COVID-19 cases within the department, according to Kelli Christensen, director of communications
for the city and county of Denver's Department of Public Safety. 

"We are not experiencing staffing issues and have contingency plans in place to ensure we can meet our obligations to the Denver community," Christensen said.

Screenings for symptoms are done daily, as with all city employees, Christensen said. If a staff member answers yes to a screening question or has a known exposure, they are referred to testing.

Denver earlier this month moved to stricter Level Red COVID-19 restrictions to slow the exponential growth of the novel coronavirus.

Level Red mean all restaurants have to temporarily close to indoor dining, but takeout is still an option.

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On Sunday, the state's moving average positivity rate increased to 11.02%, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Positivity is an important indicator of the status of COVID-19 in the state. The World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2020 recommended that the positivity rate be at or below 5% to contain the virus.

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