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Colorado sees decline in outbreaks at long-term care facilities, officials say

The state health department provided an update to Colorado's response to COVID-19 during a Wednesday call.

DENVER — The state has seen a steady decline in new COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities across the state, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said during a Wednesday update on the state's response to COVID-19.

The 11 a.m. conference call featured Randy Kuykendall, Director, Health Facilities and EMS Division and  Dr. Jeff Beckman, Medical Director and Associate Division Director, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services.

Kuykendall and Beckman discussed the continued efforts taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in high-density environments serving older adults and people with disabilities. 

While no hard data was provided during the call, Kuykendall said the decline in outbreaks at facilities has made him feel better, but "we are not out of the woods yet."

When asked about the potential easing of visitor restrictions and testing of family members before visitation, Kuykendall said it was not clear what that might look like. 

Kuykendall said the Residential Outbreak Task Force is working on finalizing a recommendation to submit to the governor that would allow some visitations at facilities.

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CDPHE has been giving weekly updates each Wednesday on the state's response to the pandemic.

You can listen to a replay of the conference call in the video attached to this story, or on the 9NEWS YouTube channel.

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