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State releasing facility-level data on COVID-19 cases at long-term care, other facilities

"This is a change aimed at promoting transparency, protecting the public, and providing more insight into the extent of COVID-19 outbreaks statewide."

COLORADO, USA — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Wednesday said it will release information about confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care and other facilities every week.  

"This is a change aimed at promoting transparency, protecting the public, and providing more insight into the extent of COVID-19 outbreaks statewide," the department said in a news release. 

The news comes after an outbreak shut down JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, and an uptick in cases at several nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 

RELATED: JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley closes

A confirmed outbreak means there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or non-household group with onset in a 14-day period, CDPHE said.

The information will be available on the state’s website at covid19.colorado.gov/outbreak-data and will be updated every Wednesday by the end of the day, CDPHE said.

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Facilities included in the outbreak report will include:

Health care settings: Including long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities/senior communities that offer health care, inpatient rehab facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals.

There are currently 231 nursing facilities, 706 assisted living facilities and 21 intermediate care facilities in Colorado, the department said.

Correctional settings: Including state prisons, county and city jails, community corrections, detention settings and work release facilities.

Other settings: This could include factories, workplaces with crowded work conditions, camps, schools, child care centers, and independent living facilities/senior communities that do not offer health care.

Each Wednesday, CDPHE will report the following detailed outbreak data:

  • Facility name
  • Facility type
  • Date the outbreak was confirmed
  • Total reported cases (confirmed and probable)
  • Total reported deaths (confirmed and probable)

RELATED: JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley closes

Data released April 15

Facility staff:

Facility residents:

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