More than 542,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 30,000 have been hospitalized as of Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.
Monday, May 31
4:20 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 numbers
Here are the latest coronavirus numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Monday, with the change from Sunday in parentheses:
543,174 cases (+285)
30,198 hospitalized (+20)
64 counties (+0)
3,059,122 people tested (+2,373)
8,573,216 test encounters (+9,361)
6,580 deaths among cases (+0)
6,718 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
5,406 outbreaks (+0)
The latest hospital data showed 506 beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, 11 fewer than Sunday. Colorado's seven-day average positivity rate is 2.81%. The state's goal is to remain below 5%.
As of Monday, 3,022,501 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado, and 2,581,586 people had been fully vaccinated.
4:15 p.m. | Colorado updates public health order for residential care facilities
The state on Monday updated its public health order and guidance for residential care facilities that modifies mitigation requirements for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities.
The public health order follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control allowing fully vaccinated people to go without a mask in most places. In addition, vaccinated staff and residents will no longer have to undergo weekly testing for monitoring. Facilities in outbreak status still have to adhere to the previous state and federal mitigation measures. See the guidance crosswalk for a breakdown of state and federal mitigation guidelines.
“We want our residents and staff members at residential care facilities in Colorado to know there are clear benefits to vaccination,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director, Health Facilities and EMS Division, CDPHE. “These at-risk communities have been on the front-line of mitigating COVID-19 throughout the pandemic and while we aren’t quite out of it yet, making sensible, data-based decisions in regards to infection prevention and socialization will continue to help us finish strong and power the comeback.”
To ensure easy access to vaccines, residential care facilities will now be required to submit an ongoing vaccination plan that outlines role responsibilities, vaccine provider information, and educational opportunities. The changes are a part of the state’s plan to encourage ongoing vaccination in residential facilities so residents can have meaningful interactions while continuing to prevent COVID-19 case and community spread.
Residential care pharmacies or facilities that would like to become COVID-19 vaccine providers should notify the CDPHE Residential Care Strike Team at [email protected]. Pharmacy assistance is available through [email protected]. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov/ltcf.
12:15 p.m. | State updates public health order
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released an amended public health order that provides updated requirements for individuals and businesses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.
The new changes are effective Tuesday, June 1 and are expected expire at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.
The updates include:
- Modified face covering requirements, including changing the face covering requirements to start at age 12 (reflecting the state’s vaccine-eligible population), revised face covering requirements to only apply to unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals, changes to the exemption age for face coverings to individuals age 11 and younger
- Removed restrictions for large indoor gatherings
- Removed all references to the face covering Executive Order because it expires
Schools and camps must still follow outbreak guidance and coordinate their responses with local public health agencies, the CDPHE said.
Hospital reporting requirements remain in place.
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