By Amber McIver-Traywick
****As of May 27, there have been 24,565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Colorado. 1,114 deaths have been attributed to the virus. Larimer County as of that date has had 620 confirmed cases, 27 of those were individuals from Berthoud. Total deaths in Larimer County associated with the coronavirus has reached 21. One in 565 residents have tested positive.
****Earlier this month Colorado amended the way it counts COVID-19 deaths that reduced the statewide figure from more than 1,000 to 878. Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment said that its COVID-19 death toll included those who tested positive for the coronavirus but had died from other causes. This change will make the count more accurate. CDPHE said it will now provide data on both deaths caused by COVID-19 in addition to deaths of persons who had COVID-19. The numbers as of May 27 were 1,352 death among COVID-19 cases and 1,114 of those were due to COVID-19.
****At North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Banner has implemented a new thermal camera imaging system to help monitor employee temperatures as they arrive for work. Certainly, this is not practical for all businesses, but employees should be encouraged to do regular temperature checks on their own, and if exhibiting symptoms such as fever, dry cough, fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headache and/or shortness of breath, they should isolate and stay at home.
As a new service, Banner Occupational Health and Wellness is offering antibody testing to determine if someone has had COVID-19. If a business wishes to have their employees tested, they can contact Roxane Conant at 970-810-2680 for a $70 blood test.
**** Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds and SWAs are now open to camping, with exceptions in counties with remaining health orders or areas remaining closed by county request. We ask visitors to state parks to remain flexible in their travel plans as we work with counties and local public health orders to keep parks and amenities open safely and cooperatively. Visitor centers, service centers and all CPW offices are continuing to restrict access to the public. Restrictions and closures remain subject to change.
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