News Bites – October 29, 2020
****In response to recent increases in COVID-19 case rates, test positivity and hospitalizations, the Larimer County Health Department is implementing critical measures designed to slow the spread of the virus in Larimer County.
Measures include restrictions on recreation and league sports. Participants are limited to players who live in Larimer, Weld and Boulder counties and spectators are limited to 2 per player. Personal indoor and outdoor gathers are limited to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households. Alcohol sales are prohibited after 11 p.m. in Larimer County. All non-critical office-based businesses are encouraged to further increase remote work options and reduce in-person work.
There is substantial evidence of the continued spread of the virus throughout Larimer County. As of Oct. 28, the county had a two-week incidence rate of 226 cases per 100,000 residents.
“It is critical that we wear masks and maintain social distancing and follow these protocols in order to keep our businesses open and maintain in-person learning in our schools,” says Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson. “These guidelines have worked before and if we all pitch in and work together on this they will work again and we will get through this.
Rising numbers in the county have jeopardized the county’s “Safer at Home Level 1” status. The dial system established by the state includes three levels in the “Safer at Home” phase followed by a return to a “Stay at Home” order. Three counties including Denver and Arapahoe have entered “Safer at Home Level 3” in the past week.
**** Berthoud has 123 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 23 from the past week. Larimer County as of Oct. 28, has had 3,872 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases which represent 1.08% of the population, this is an increase of 421 cases with an additional 497 suspected cases. 57 deaths are attributed to the virus, an increase of three from last week and representing 1.47% of reported cases. Of those individuals who have been tested for the virus in the county, 3.5% have returned positive.
Weld County has had 6,086 confirmed cases which is an increase of 569 from last week. The county has seen 102 deaths associated with the virus, a number unchanged from last week. There are currently 110 individuals hospitalized in the county who have tested positive for the virus.
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