News Bites – December 10, 2020
****Colorado has dropped its coronavirus capacity limits on houses of worship and religious events which includes weddings and funerals. The end to the restrictions came after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling cast doubt on the legality of such restrictions.
State public health officials are still recommending that houses of worship limit the number of people who attend their services. But a late-night amended order released Monday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment appears to concede the state likely cannot enforce capacity caps following the Supreme Court’s decision.
In a press release CDPHE stated that “Worship and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are classified as essential.” Places of worship are still required to follow public health recommendations, such as mask wearing and maintaining six feet of spacing between members of different households but may exceed recommended capacity caps if they cannot conduct their “essential activity” within those restrictions.
- Total Cases: 11,877 (+1,630 from last week)
- Total Cases in Berthoud: 456 (+69 from last week)
- Deaths: 85 (+10 from last week)
- New positive cases in 24 hours: 174
- 14-Day Case Rate per 100k: 770
- COVID patients in hospital: 111
- Hospital Utilization: 72%
- ICU Utilization: 76%
- 14-Day test positivity rate: 11.9
- Risk Score: High
- 27% of the population of Larimer County has been reported to have contracted the virus. Deaths attributed to the virus comprise 0.72% of reported cases. Nearly 50% of deaths were in those 85 and older.
*State of Colorado
- New positive cases in 24 hours: 3,411 (-651 from last week)
- COVID patients currently hospitalized: 1,629 (-218 from last week)
- Hospital transfers or discharges in the past 24 hours: 241
- Total cases: 268,589 (+31,279 from last week)
- Total hospitalizations: 14,116
- Deaths: 2,784 (+89 from last week)
- Percent of critical care ventilators in use: 45%
- Hospitals anticipating a staff shortage in the next week: 30%
- Facilities anticipating personal protective equipment shortages in the next week: 1%
- Hospitals anticipating ICU bed shortages in the next week: 10%
*As of Dec. 9, 2020.
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