Update: The latest on COVID-19 in Colorado

Polis acknowledges cases of inaccurate reporting of COVID-19 deaths, says criminal charges "completely inappropriate." Polis also covers alleged murder by parolee.

Patrick Murphy, the organizer of End the Muni, collecting signatures in North Boulder Park on May 7, 2020. He used single-use pens and napkins to prevent skin from touching the petition page. He supports online signature gathering, especially during the pandemic. (Photo by John Herrick)

We’re wrapping up the daily Update as part of our transition away from a daily news site. For a good look at the latest numbers, please check out The Denver Post’s dashboard.

This story was originally published on March 5 and will be updated daily. For earlier updates during the month of April, visit this page. For updates from March, when COVID-19 began to first spread through Colorado, visit this page.

May 15, 3:05 p.m. update:

During a press conference at the state Capitol on Friday, Gov. Jared Polis sought to quell the notion that his health department might be inflating the number of COVID-19 deaths. 

The Montezuma County Coroner George Deavers has told 9News that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment changed the cause of death on a May 4 certificate to COVID-19 when the man died of alcohol poisoning. The man had COVID-19, Deavers told 9News, but didn’t die from it. 

Polis acknowledged the incident and at least one other incident where a death certificate was inaccurately changed to include a cause of death of COVID-19. Polis said no one behind a desk should be “second-guessing” the findings of a coroner. 

“They need to report to the people of Colorado how many people died of COVID-19,” Polis said. “People are not very interested in, nor should they be, how many people died with COVID-19.”

On Thursday, state Rep. Mark Baisley, a Republican from Roxborough Park, requested an investigation and criminal charges against Jill Hunsaker Ryan, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, for allegedly falsifying death certificates to inflate COVID-19 deaths. Baisley brought the request to George Brauchler, the Republican district attorney for the 18th Judicial District. 

Responding to a question about an inquiry to bring criminal charges against Hunsaker Ryan, Polis said criminal charges would be “completely inappropriate.” 

Health officials hosted a call with reporters Friday afternoon to answer questions about the COVID-19 death data. As The Colorado Sun reported:  “… officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revealed during a call with reporters that that number does not represent the number of people who have died due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.The death figure CDPHE has been providing for weeks is more accurately described as the number of people with COVID-19 who have died — for any reason.” 

Though data is still lagging, the clarification lowers the state’s official death toll from 1,150 as of Thursday to 878 as of May 9.

Separately, a parolee has been accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman last weekend after his early release from prison on April 15 as part of the Department of Corrections pandemic response. The man has been eligible for parole since 2017 was set for mandatory release in August. 

Polis signed an executive order in March giving the Department of Corrections more power to release inmates earlier to intensive supervision and special needs parole. Polis responded to the allegations by saying, “Nobody should be released simply because of COVID-19. … No prisoner who is a danger to society should be released early in any situation and of course nobody on that parole board thought that this person was going to do what they allegedly did.” 

“I’m glad they didn’t release him in 2017 when he first came up for parole,” he added. 

There were about 200 homicides in Colorado last year, according to data from the Division of Criminal Justice. 

Polis was asked whether he is still “pro-choice” on vaccinations, a position that has sabotaged efforts by Democratic lawmakers to boost vaccinations rates in Colorado by making it more difficult for parents to seek exemptions. He did not directly answer the question and instead said there will be too few COVID-19 vaccinations to meet demand at first. 

“The limited supply will mean that we likely need to prioritize Coloradans who are most at risk for the limited number of vaccinations when they become available,” he said.

Polis asked Coloradans to observe a moment of silence at 7 p.m. Friday evening to mourn those who have died from COVID-19. 

“Every person we’ve lost in this pandemic has a story and a community of loved ones mourning,” he said. 

May 14, 4:30 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 13 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 20,838 cases*
  • 3,789 hospitalized
  • 60 counties
  • 115,996 people tested**
  • 208 confirmed outbreaks
  • 1,091 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results. According to CDPHE, “Labs and facilities who report results in the state’s Electronic Reporting System report all results (including negatives). A handful of smaller labs and facilities fax their results, and in those cases, only positive results are reported.”

As of May 13, 645 deaths have been linked to nursing homes or other senior care facilities.

May 14, 1:40 p.m. update:

More than 31,000 Coloradans filed for unemployment, including independent contractors, last week, a decrease of about 10,000 over the previous week. 

Over the past two months more than 451,000 Coloradans have filed for unemployment, more than every claim filed between 2017 and 2019, which amounted to 322,000. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is paying record levels of benefits — an average of $90-100 million a week, according to Cher Roybal Haavind, deputy director of CDLE. In February, before the outbreak of COVID-19, the department averaged $7 million in benefits paid a week, Roybal Haavind said.

CDLE expects the state’s unemployment trust fund, which pays out benefits, to hit zero in June or early July. But the department has never failed to pay out benefits, she said, and will borrow from the federal government when the fund runs dry. The state can also reinstate charges on businesses who lay off employees or charge businesses higher premiums that pay into the fund.

In other news, the Colorado Crisis Hotline received the most calls it has had in its history between February and April of 2020.

Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health, said in a call with the press that most of the calls relate to heightened stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The calls are also lasting 2-4 minutes longer than average 11-13 minutes, he said. March 2020 had the most calls since the hotline began in 2012, with a total of 21,338 calls 57% more than March 2019. 

At Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Mental Health Institute, telehealth calls have gone from 100 a week to 6,000, according to Jason Williams, director of operations for the institute. The hospital has shifted many of its appointments into the virtual sphere, Williams said, but the psychiatric inpatient unit has been full as well. 

Gov. Jared Polis recently created the COVID-19 Special Assignment Committee within the Behavioral Health Task Force to assess the impact of the disease has had on behavioral health services. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing heightened stress and anxiety, or another mental health problem that is interfering with life, you can reach the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-8255. Or you can text “TALK” to 38255.

May 14, 7:56 a.m. update: 

In all, there are 817 positive or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado’s jails, prisons and halfway houses, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The state has confirmed 443 positive cases in the Sterling prison, where the state says two inmates have died of COVID-19. Three other prisons, including the CoreCivic-run Crowley prison, have confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Corrections. 

There are now 183 cases in the downtown Denver jail, according to CDPHE.

May 13, 6:05 p.m. update: 

More than 11% of Colorado renters were unable to pay rent for May on time, according to a survey from the Colorado Apartment Association. 

The association surveyed 84 apartment management companies with a total of 137,719 apartment homes. That’s just a slice of the 2.05 million Coloradans that rent, according to the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project. 

On-time payments went up more than 5% compared to April in Colorado, when about 16% of renters did not pay their landlords by April 6, according to the association. Nationally, May also saw more on-time payments — 20% of renters missed rent by May 6 compared to 22% by April 6, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. 

Rent collection for both months is about 1-2% lower than it was in 2019, according to CAA.

“It is normal for rent delinquency rates to be highest at the beginning of the month and decrease as more residents pay rent throughout the month,” Mark Williams, executive vice president of the Colorado Apartment Association, said in a statement. “During an average month, rent delinquency rates are between 5% and 6% after the first week, but decrease to 1% or 2% by the month’s conclusion.”

Ean Thomas Tafoya, co-chair of the Colorado Latino Forum, wrote in an email to The Colorado Independent that CAA doesn’t speak for all Coloradans.

“There are estimates that unemployment will reach over 20% and will most certainly be high for Black and Latinx communities,” Tafoya wrote. “The CAA narrative to the contrary does nothing more than delay a process desired by many when what is actually needed is for them to rise in solidarity with the people to cancel rent and mortgages and work to house those experiencing homelessness immediately.”

May 13, 5:22 p.m. update: 

Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. Cory Gardner joined President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday for a meeting during which the president said mail-in voting, a much-lauded electoral process used in Colorado, is subject to “tremendous corruption” and “cheating.”

“I’m against it,” Trump said. “We’re not gonna lose elections because of that.”

Neither Polis nor Gardner said anything to the president in response. During a call with reporters afterward, Polis, who supports the policy, said he didn’t want to debate the president. “People shouldn’t need to fear a disease just to be able to vote,” he told reporters. 

Trump also criticized the press for not reporting the number of COVID-19 tests distributed. During the meeting in a conference room, a prop was placed between Polis and the president stating the number of gloves, masks, face shields and gowns delivered to Colorado. “I said, ‘wait,’” Polis told reporters after the meeting. Polis said the fine print on the prop said the figures included deliveries from the federal government and public-private partnerships.

May 13, 4:40 p.m. update:

As of Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has completed 175 investigations into workers collecting unemployment who have refused to return to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vast majority of the investigations — 166 — found that the workers do not have to return to work and can continue collecting unemployment benefits, according to Cher Roybal Haavind, deputy executive director of CDLE. Most of the time, Roybal Haavind said, the workers have been ruled to be vulnerable to COVID-19 or live with a vulnerable person, but CDLE also investigates the conditions of the workplace and if the worker has children to care for. 

“In the cases of vulnerable populations, there might be no conditions, at present, that would be safe for them to go back to work and assume that they would not be at higher risk for COVID-19,” Jeff Fitzgerald, director of CDLE’s unemployment division, said. 

More than 465 workers have been reported for refusing to work by their employers since April 24, according to Roybal Haavind. Additionally, other workers have notified the department that they feel unsafe returning to work when collecting benefits, which CDLE officials estimate currently account for 20-30% of their total investigations. 

Workers on unemployment can’t refuse going back to work if they are given the option to telework, even if they have to take care of children because of the pandemic, Fitzgerald said.

May 13, 4:20 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 12 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 20,475 cases*
  • 3,735 hospitalized
  • 60 counties
  • 112,505 people tested**
  • 206 confirmed outbreaks
  • 1,062 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 12, 4:10 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 11 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 20,157 cases*
  • 3,695 hospitalized
  • 60 counties
  • 109,304 people tested**
  • 199 confirmed outbreaks
  • 1,009 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 12, 3:15 p.m. update:

Colorado lawmakers and leaders of four other western states requested $1 trillion from federal officials in direct, flexible funds to prop up state and local governments facing revenue shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Without additional flexible aid from the federal government, our state will be forced to make the deepest budget cuts we have ever seen,” Colorado House Speaker Rep. KC Becker, a Democrat from Boulder, said in a statement. “These cuts would hurt vulnerable populations and further impact our already underfunded schools and institutions of higher education, which still haven’t recovered from the last recession.”

In a letter to congressional leaders, lawmakers from member states of the Western States Pact, which includes Colorado, California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington, urged a congressional stimulus bill that would “preserve core government services.” 

“Though even this amount will not replace the decline in revenue that we forecast, it will make a meaningful difference in our ability to make-up for COVID-19 revenue losses,” the letter said.

House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion stimulus bill on Tuesday that includes $1 trillion for state and local governments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the legislation was a “liberal wish list” that doesn’t stand a chance of passing, according to reporting by The Washington Post

May 12, 11:10 a.m update:

Attorney General Phil Weiser and 20 other attorneys general sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday urging action to address the spread of COVID-19 in meatpacking plants. 

More than 12,500 meatpacking workers nationwide have tested positive for the coronavirus and at least 53 have died, according to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. In Colorado, one of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 occurred at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, with at least 280 cases and 7 deaths. At least 101 other cases and one death are tied to meatpacking plants around the state. 

“We need mandatory and enforceable health and safety measures to protect employees at meat and poultry processing facilities. As we have witnessed in Colorado, COVID-19 outbreaks at these facilities threaten to result in wider community spread and put more lives and our food supply at risk,” Weiser said in a statement released by his office.

President Trump issued an executive order on April 28 directing the Secretary of Agriculture under the Defense Production Act to ensure that meat processing plants remain operational using federal safety guidance. 

Weiser and the attorneys general, in their letter, argued that the executive order benefits the meat processing industry at the expense of workers’ health and safety. The federal safety guidance should be strengthened and changed to mandatory safety requirements that facilities must follow to remain open, the attorneys general said.  

“Without adequate and enforceable mandates to protect worker safety, your Executive Order may perpetuate this spread of illness and death,” the letter said. 

The attorneys general recommend the requirements for meatpacking plants include:

  • Priority testing for workers in the processing plants.
  • Immediate access to adequate personal protective equipment.
  • Suspend waivers that allow plants to force employees to work faster and longer, and a halt to approval of any additional waivers.
  • 6-foot physical and social distancing where possible. 
  • Plexiglass barriers where distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 positive workers, with full pay.

May 11, 4:05 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 10 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 19,879 cases*
  • 3,663 hospitalized
  • 60 counties
  • 106,761 people tested**
  • 192 confirmed outbreaks
  • 987 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 11, 3:30 p.m. update:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is suspending the license of the C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock indefinitely after the restaurant opened on Mother’s Day in defiance of the governor’s public health orders, Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday. 

During a press conference with reporters at the state Capitol, Polis said he was disappointed after watching the videos of the packed restaurant online. He said he was thinking about all the moms and grandmothers whose lives were put at an increased risk of dying from the virus as a result. He choked up when he mentioned his mom, whom he said he did not take out to lunch on Mother’s Day. He said he loves her far too much to put her life at risk by visiting a busy restaurant operating illegally. 

“We’re walking a tightrope between protecting all of our health and of course trying to grow our economy. It’s hard enough to walk without folks shaking the rope because of their own ideology or anti-scientific views which they choose over the lives of our brothers and sisters,” Polis said. 

He added, “If the state didn’t act and more businesses followed suit, it’s a near guarantee that people would lose their lives.”

Polis also announced camping can resume in the state’s parks starting on Tuesday, unless county orders prohibit it. Camping can only be done through reservation, and Polis said campers should minimize their interactions with others. 

“Fill up your automobile in your local area, get the supplies you need from stores in your local area — including food — and then yes you can go hike or you can go camp and return home,” Polis said. 

He said he doesn’t want campers infecting local communities that have reduced infections or bringing the virus back to their homes from their trips. 

Restaurants should expect a decision on whether they can gradually reopen by May 25, the governor said. May 25 is about one month after the safer-at-home order took effect, which is the amount of time needed for social distancing effectiveness to show up in the data, Polis said. The reason is that it can take up to two weeks for an infected person to be recorded in the state’s database because of the incubation period of the virus and testing logistics, Polis said. And he said he wants to see how the virus is spreading after two or three cycles of infection. 

Polis said he expects to have the data to decide if summer camps can open on May 25, as well. 

“Always subject to change and always subject to phase-ins,” Polis said of the timelines. 

May 11, 1:45 p.m. update: 

The Tri-County Health Department ordered the closure of C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen in Castle Rock on Monday afternoon. The restaurant opens Mother’s Day in defiance of the governor’s public health orders.

“If the restaurant refuses to follow Governor Jared Polis’ public health order, further legal action will be taken that could include revocation of the restaurant’s license,” the health department said in a statement.

May 10 5:10 p.m. update:

C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock opened for business on Sunday in violation of Gov. Jared Polis’s executive orders designed to manage the spread of COVID-19.

In a video taken by Colorado Community Media’s Nick Puckett, the restaurant appears to be completely full, with a line stretching out of the door.

C&C owner April Arellano wrote on Facebook that “I will go out of business if I don’t do something.” House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who has called on Douglas County to severe ties with the local health department over its COVID-19-related public health orders, posted a photo on Facebook of him posing with Arellano at the restaurant on Sunday.

Under the state’s safer-at-home orders, restaurants can’t offer dine-in service and Polis has said businesses that violate the orders face their licenses being revoked.

“These restaurants are not only breaking the law, they are endangering the lives of their staff, customers, and community,” said Polis’s deputy press secretary Shelby Wieman in a statement to The Denver Post.

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 9 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 19,703 cases*
  • 3,631 hospitalized
  • 60 counties
  • 104,077 people tested**
  • 190 confirmed outbreaks
  • 971 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 10, 11:21 a.m. update:

Lawmakers have extended their recess until May 26 in order “to give additional time for preparations including safety protocols, to work through appropriate legislation, and to seek greater clarity on potential Congressional action that could significantly impact our state budget,” according to a news release from House and Senate Democrats.

The original plan was to return to the Capitol on May 18.

The Joint Budget Committee this week has been going through each state department’s budget and making cuts. The extra week will give budget writers more time to backfill a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall caused by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 response.

“Last week our Joint Budget Committee had to begin the heart-wrenching process of rewriting Colorado’s budget after COVID-19 created a more than $3 billion revenue shortfall,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia, a Democrat from Pueblo, in a statement. “With so much at risk and our desired return date fast approaching, we determined that it would benefit all Coloradans if we gave our budgetary and legislative process a bit more breathing room. Though facing our dire fiscal situation has been a painful task, we are committed to protecting our most critical institutions and vulnerable populations as best as we possibly can. We look forward to continuing to fight for our communities in the Capitol when we all return on May 26.”

May 9, 5:07 p.m. update: 

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 8 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 19,375 cases*
  • 3,623 hospitalized
  • 59 counties
  • 100,610 people tested**
  • 188 confirmed outbreaks
  • 967 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 8, 5:15 p.m. update: 

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 7 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 18,827 cases*
  • 3,600 hospitalized
  • 59 counties
  • 96,772 people tested**
  • 184 confirmed outbreaks
  • 960 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 8, 3:00 p.m. update:

Gov. Jared Polis answered questions from the media on Friday in a virtual press conference, following a request for Coloradans to wear masks whenever they are in public during the safer-at-home order.

Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Polis fielded a question about testing at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, which has the largest confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Colorado, with 280 cases and at least 7 workers who have died from the disease, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

JBS, in conjunction with the state, originally planned to test every worker at the plant, but broke that promise and instead opted to shut down to disinfect. Polis said the state set up a testing site for workers and community members in Greeley less than a mile away from the plant. The site tested more than 1,000 people, he said. The plant employs 6,000 people.

“If the company is interested in more testing, we’d be happy to work with them to get the testing they need,” Polis said. 

The governor, answering another question about JBS, added “if they need to be closed again, we are confident that we have the tools to be able to do that.”

  • When asked by a reporter why the state isn’t testing all nursing homes and nursing home employees, Polis said the state is using the National Guard and help from Colorado State University to work towards a goal of testing 45,000 workers at nursing homes. Testing at nursing homes continues to be one of the top priorities of the state, Polis said. 

 

  • The governor responded to a question asking what standards the state will use to decide whether stricter measures are appropriate. Polis said the standards are similar to those the state used at the start of the outbreak in March  — ensuring hospitals aren’t overwhelmed. The state will be looking at hospitalization rates, but hospitalization can happen days or weeks after infection, he said, making it a less useful data point when deciding whether to lockdown again. The number of diagnosed cases, testing results and Coloradans’ distancing effectiveness  — using cell phone and traffic data — are more responsive indicators of the severity of the virus, Polis said. 

May 8, 11:15 a.m. update: 

Criminal justice advocates are calling on Gov. Jared Polis to help release thousands of inmates by ordering commutations and parole reforms. The goal is to allow for at least single-cell occupancy in the state’s prisons, according to a May 8 letter from ACLU Colorado and others.

“Colorado just abolished the death penalty. We cannot keep elderly and medically vulnerable Coloradans incarcerated in prisons that are likely to become their death traps,” the letter states.

Colorado’s prison population has dropped to the lowest level in decades. But the process for releasing inmates during the pandemic has been slow. And some with underlying health issues are not being considered for early release, advocates say.

The parole reforms include suspending a requirement that people have to have an approved parole plan prior to review by the parole board and to allow people who require victim notifications to be eligible for early release.

The letter also calls on the Polis administration to implement more widespread testing in the state’s prisons.

Another reason to release inmates, according to the letter, is the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color, who are overrepresented in the state’s prison system. Here’s a breakdown (inmate population (Colorado population)):

White: 45.8% (87%)
Black: 17.5% (4.6%)
Latino: 32% (21.7%)
Native American: 3.5% (1.6%)

“In prison, as in the broader community, people of color will suffer the most from COVID-19. Black people account for less than 4% of Colorado’s population and yet, account for 7.6% of all COVID-19 cases and 7% of all deaths. Colorado’s Latinx population is similarly disproportionately impacted. Latinx people represent just over 21% of Colorado’s population, but account for 35% of COVID-19 cases. Because of historic and systemic racism in our criminal legal system and historic disinvestment in communities of color, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people are dramatically overrepresented in prisons. Thus, infections, serious illness, and deaths among incarcerated people will inevitably fall most heavily upon incarcerated people of color, who are also disproportionately represented among vulnerable populations with diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and other conditions with COVID-19 comorbidity,” the letter states.

May 7, 6:30 p.m. update

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 6 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 18,371 cases*
  • 3,557 hospitalized
  • 59 counties
  • 92,267 people tested**
  • 178 confirmed outbreaks
  • 944 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 7 3:35 p.m. update:

Coloradans are experiencing a heightened level of stress, anxiety and emotional distress because of the pandemic, a phenomenon mental health care providers say they are trying to separate from clinical mental problems.  

It’s normal to feel those heightened negative emotions right now, Brad Sjostrom, manager of West Pines Behavioral Health, said in a virtual town hall with mental health care providers and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday. No one has been through something like the pandemic, he said. Just because someone is anxious right now, doesn’t mean they will go on to develop a mental health condition, he said. 

But, “if we feel overwhelmed to the point that we’re not functioning, it’s good to seek mental help,” Sjostrom said. 

As a collective crisis, the pandemic requires people to lean on each other, Vincent Atchity, CEO of Mental Health Colorado, said. The more that everyone can form personal networks of friends and family to speak to, the more providers can be freed up to address serious mental health needs. 

Mental health care providers have switched many services to telehealth, a transition that has been positive, Sjostrom said. The transition was made possible through executive orders from Gov. Jared Polis and relaxation of other federal and state telehealth regulations. Telehealth is not a catch-all, Sjostrom and other providers said, but it does allow providers to extend their reach. 

“For those who want to do in-person treatment, it will be available at some point,” Sjostrom said. 

For more on how telehealth has impacted substance abuse disorder treatment in Colorado, read our story here.

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet of Aurora and Rep. Jonathan Singer of Boulder represented the Colorado House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on the video call. Singer said the Colorado legislature recognizes the possible benefits of telehealth in treating mental health needs. Polis’s executive orders relaxing telehealth regulations will provide an “excellent template” when the legislature reconvenes on May 18, Singer said.  

May 7, 1:00 p.m. update:

More than 41,000 more Coloradans filed for unemployment last week, the lowest weekly total in the past six weeks. 

In all, more than 419,000 claims have been filed over the past six weeks, and more than 33 million unemployment claims have been filed nationally. 

Colorado paid out more than $84 million in benefits last week. Compare that to the height of the great recession — between 2009 and 2010 — where an average of $19 million in benefits were paid out by the state weekly. Coloradans have also received more than $407 million from the federal government in $600 weekly payments on top of their regular benefits and the new benefits for independent contractors since April 20, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). 

CDLE broke down the industries with the most workers filing for unemployment. There is a two-week lag. Here is the most recent data from the week ending on April 18. 

Top 5 industries with highest claims:

Accommodation and Food Services: 5,283

Retail Trade: 5,092

Healthcare and Social Service*: 3,775  

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services**: 1,907

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation: 1,819

*According to CDLE, most of the claims from workers in healthcare and social services come from daycares and physician and dentist offices. 

**Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services include temporary help services, telemarketing centers and janitorial and landscaping services. 

May 7, 11:55 p.m. update: 

The state is planning to keep its two alternative care sites on standby into the fall in case there is a second wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations that exceeds hospital capacity, according to Kevin Klein, the director for the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

“Our target is to have them ready to go if we need them,” Klein told reporters on Thursday. “We’re planning for the worst, hoping for the best.”

He said the state plans to have a 200-bed alternative care site at The Ranch in Loveland ready by June 11 and the 250-bed site at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver ready by June 4. The Denver site was initially planned to have 2,000 beds.

These dates could be pushed out again. 

“What we don’t want to do is put any additional costs in by staffing those facilities. We will keep looking at what the data tell us and what our hospital capacity is,” Klein said. 

The other alternative sites — St. Anthony’s North 84th Avenue Facility in Westminster, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo and Western Slope Memory Care in Grand Junction — should all be ready in late June or early July, according to health officials.

Klein said state models predict there may be a second wave of COVID-19 cases peaking in the fall. 

May 6, 4:35 p.m. update

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 5 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 17,830 cases*
  • 2,986 hospitalized
  • 57 counties
  • 89,529 people tested**
  • 174 confirmed outbreaks
  • 921 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 6, 12:40 p.m. update: 

At least 8 meatpacking plant workers have died of COVID-19 in Colorado, the Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed Wednesday. 

At the JBS beef plant in Greeley at least 280 workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, state data show, making it the state’s largest confirmed COVID-19 outbreak location. On Wednesday, the state confirmed the seventh death at the plant related to the disease. At least 60 workers at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fort Morgan have also tested positive for COVID-19. One of those workers has died, according to state health officials.

May 5, 4:50 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 4 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 17,364 cases*
  • 2,919 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 85,976 people tested**
  • 170 confirmed outbreaks
  • 903 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

May 5, 3:00 p.m. update:

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and officials confirmed that the city’s businesses will be able to operate under largely the same guidelines as the statewide safer-at-home orders starting Saturday. 

“We are in a good place to take the next step,” Bob McDonald, executive director of Denver’s public health department, said at a press conference. 

Retail and commercial businesses will be able to open at 50% customer and employee capacity, Hancock said. At salons, tattoo parlors and barbers, business must be conducted by appointment only and with a capacity of 50% or fewer than 10 customers, whichever amount is less. 

Playgrounds, recreation centers and basketball courts will still be closed, along with dine-in service at restaurants and bars. Hancock said the city can’t offer a timeframe when bars and restaurants can start to open up. 

McDonald acknowledged that the city is still seeing new infections of the coronavirus, but more importantly, he noted, the hospitalization rate is currently as low as it was at the beginning of the outbreak. 

Denver is training 45 contact tracers to track the spread of infections, which will help the city start to gradually open. The city also launched a mobile testing unit on Tuesday, and is planning on launching six more, McDonald said. The mobile tests will be free. 

Denver’s mandatory mask requirement starts on Wednesday, which officials say will be enforced. The city is asking area businesses to help enforce the order, but asks that businesses don’t get into confrontations with customers, according to Kristin Bronson, Denver city attorney.

May 4, 4:45 p.m. update:

On Sunday, protesters formed caravans in the neighborhoods around the homes of John Fabbricatore, acting field director for the ICE Denver office, and Johnny Choate, warden of the GEO Group-run ICE detention center in Aurora. 

The protesters demanded that ICE free all of the detainees at the Aurora facility. As of April 24, five workers at the facility tested positive for the coronavirus and no detainees have tested positive. ICE released eight medically vulnerable detainees on April 15.

Some of the exchanges on Sunday were recorded and shared to the Abolish ICE Facebook page here. The page’s administrators accused counterprotesters of stealing signs, damaging their vehicles and assaulting activists during the protest. 

This is the second time in less than a year anti-ICE activists have protested in front of Choate’s home. On Sept. 19, 2019, activists, police and counter-protesters clashed outside of the warden’s home resulting in three arrests.

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 3 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 16,907 cases*
  • 2,838 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 83,266 people tested**
  • 163 confirmed outbreaks***
  • 851 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

***The total amount of outbreaks reported is less than the number reported on April 29. CDPHE’s website doesn’t provide a reason for the drop.

May 4, 2:45 p.m. update: 

Some businesses on Monday can begin reopening with a 50% in-person workforce. And on Friday, counties across the state will be lifting stay-at-home orders. As a result, many Coloradans will be able to return to work. But what about those who fear for their health going to work?

A reporter asked Gov. Jared Polis about this on Monday during a press briefing at the state Capitol. He replied, “Nobody can be compelled to go to work. That’s a very important statement to make.” He added that there are benefits under the federal CARES Act available to workers who are unemployed. 

Colorado is an “employment-at-will” state, meaning employers can fire employees without reason or notice.  

Separately, the governor announced a state map of testing locations. Here’s a link

May 4 10:30 a.m. update: 

Democratic lawmakers have abandoned their effort to set up a new health insurance plan known as the “Colorado Option,” similar to public option plans that are tightly regulated by the government, in part due to the complications of getting public input during the pandemic.

“This is simply not possible right now. A successful Colorado Option needs the input of our frontline workers & right now they need to focus on taking care of patients & themselves. I know this is the right policy to address the rising cost of care & lack of insurance choice,” tweeted Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Democrat from Vail who was sponsoring the bill.

Lawmakers will be in a pinch when they reconvene on May 18, struggling to find money in a state budget crippled by the economic fallout of the pandemic at a time when they say government assistance is needed most. Over the past five weeks, more than 358,489 Coloradans have filed for unemployment, according to the Department of Labor and Employment. Rep. Dillon Roberts, who was also sponsoring the bill, tweeted Monday, “A pandemic that causes thousands to lose employer-based health coverage clearly illustrates the need for a Colorado Option.”

Lawmakers last week also dropped a bill to set up a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado. This year marks the sixth attempt at passing such a program.

The Joint Budget Committee is meeting today to begin working on the state budget, which faces a multi-billion shortfall due to a drop in revenue from personal income and sales taxes. Five of the six JBC members were wearing face masks while meeting except for Rep. Kim Ransom, a Republican from Littleton.

May 3, 5:20 p.m. update:

On April 30, after traveling to work in New York City during to COVID-19 pandemic on the medical emergency front lines, Aurora paramedic Paul Cary died at the age of 66. He was flown to the Denver International Airport on Sunday and escorted to the Olinger Hampden Funeral Home & Cemetery.

Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement, “Paul Cary served his community, and his country, heroically, and I am incredibly saddened by his passing. During a time of great need, he selflessly volunteered to travel thousands of miles from his home to help others. He risked his own health and safety, and stepped up to do what he could. This is a difficult time for so many Coloradans, and so many Americans. I can never express just how grateful I am for people like Paul, and all our emergency responders who are on the front lines of this virus. Paul dedicated his life to the service of others, and he will be greatly missed.”

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 2 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 16,635 cases*
  • 2,799 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 81,352 people tested**
  • 163 confirmed outbreaks***
  • 842 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

***The total amount of outbreaks reported is less than the number reported on April 29. CDPHE’s website doesn’t provide a reason for the drop.

May 2, 6:15 p.m. update: 

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through May 1 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 16,225 cases*
  • 2,793 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 78,179 people tested**
  • 163 confirmed outbreaks***
  • 832 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

***The total amount of outbreaks reported is less than the number reported on April 29. CDPHE’s website doesn’t provide a reason for the drop.

May 1, 9 p.m. update: 

An 86-year-old male prison inmate died at the Sterling Regional Medical Center on Friday after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the Department of Corrections (DOC) said. DOC said he was tested for COVID-19 while at the hospital and the official cause of death will come from the coroner’s office.

DOC said the inmate had been housed on the east side of the Sterling Correctional Facility, a prison where 241 inmates and 11 employees have had lab-confirmed COVID-19.

DOC said it will not be releasing his name at this time.

May 1, 5:20 p.m. update: 

The City and County of Denver will be issuing an order requiring residents to wear face coverings on May 6, according to city officials. 

Denver residents must wear a face covering when they are in or in-line at a retail or critical business, receiving any healthcare services or using public transportation. Workers in retail, commercial or other critical businesses must also wear a mask if their work requires them to come in contact with people or food. The order includes rideshare, taxi and other transportation drivers who must also wear masks when driving. 

A face covering is not required if it would harm a person’s health or if a worker is in a private office. The coverings can be made of any type of porous material that covers the nose and mouth, as long as they don’t have one-way plastic valves. According to the Denver’s public health department, plastic valves allow droplets to be released into the air from breathing. 

Violators could face a fine of up to $999 under the May 6 order, which will continue “until further notice.”

For more clarification, state officials say Gov. Jared Polis’ decision to cut Colorado’s Medicaid program by $183 million on Thursday was offset by earlier federal funding.

Portions of the federal coronavirus stimulus bills gave the Colorado Medicaid program $182 million to offset new enrollment costs to the program, according to Kim Bimestefer, executive director of the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing (HCPF), which oversees the state’s Medicaid program. There won’t be any changes to benefits or services until the next budget year, Bimestefer said, because the state won’t need to pay for the costs from new enrollment until the new budget year starts in July. 

HCPF estimates that Medicaid will see more than 437,000 new enrollees to the state’s public health insurance programs because of COVID-19, and projects the federal government will add another $100 million in funding next year for the department, Bimestefer said. 

The state government’s budget will have an estimated $3.2 billion shortfall next year, and the department doesn’t yet have accurate projections on the cost of those new enrollees. 

To cover any possible funding shortfalls, Bimestefer said HCPF has set up a plan to prioritize cuts next year, starting with those with the least impact on low-income enrollees.HCPF will also be pushing for more telehealth options in the future to cut costs, she said.

May 1, 4:05 p.m. update:

Here are some of the latest numbers on COVID-19 in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to CDPHE, this summary only includes data through April 29 and does not reflect cases since then.

  • 15,768 cases*
  • 2,747 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 75,249 people tested**
  • 161 confirmed outbreaks***
  • 820 deaths

*According to CDPHE: “Positive cases include people who tested positive, as well as cases where epidemiological investigation has determined that there is a high likelihood that an untested individual has COVID-19 due to their symptoms and close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

***The total amount of outbreaks reported is less than the number from April 29. CDPHE’s website doesn’t provide a reason for the drop.

May 1, 9 a.m. update: 

Gov. Jared Polis joined most states across the U.S. in placing a moratorium on evictions for renters late Thursday night.

The order says no person “shall remove or exclude a tenant from a premises or enter a premises to remove or exclude personal property of a tenant from the premises” or “execute or enforce a writ of restitution, possession judgment, or order.” This means sheriffs will not be allowed to serve a court-ordered evictions.

Landlords are also prohibited from charging late fees or penalties for any breach of the terms of a lease or rental agreement due to nonpayment, the order states.

The order expires in 30 days.

The executive order came as part of a series issued at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. In one order, Polis immediately suspended state spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, cutting $229 million from this year’s budget. The order did not mandate any furloughs or layoffs, according to the Office of State Planning and Budgeting. The majority of the cuts — $183 million come from Medicaid services

Another order directs the executive director of the Health Care Policy and Financing Department to increase payments to nursing facilities and other provider-owned residential settings. Deaths at nursing homes and long-term care facilities account for about half of the COVID-19 deaths in Colorado.

Yet another order allows Colorado’s health care providers to widely use telehealth services for another month, including phone and video calls. The state originally relaxed regulations to allow telehealth to be billed to Medicaid and private insurance in most situations.

John is a contributing writer for The Colorado Independent, covering energy, environment and criminal justice. Email him at Herrick.johnny(at)gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @herrickjohnny.
Forest is a freelance journalist originally from Washington. He settled in Denver five years ago. In the past, he was a reporter and news editor for MSU’s student paper — The Metropolitan — and studied Arabic and journalism in Egypt. You can email him at forest@coloradoindependent.com, or follow him @foresttwilson on Twitter.

42 COMMENTS

  1. As updates are added, I think putting the date at the head of a paragraph and listing most recent first would be helpful.

    The lede is no longer “Several advocacy groups canceled lobbying days at the state Capitol.”

    The WHO pandemic declaration is a big deal … probably big enough to justify a whole paragraph all by itself. And my brief reading of their statement thought it even more important that they said ““We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,”

    • Thanks, John. Yes, the situation on the ground is moving rapidly. We’re jumping into update story frequently and are brainstorming ways to provide quick — and quick-changing — info.

      • Good to see you comment on this. Read you in Denver Post many years ago when I was stationed at Lowry AFB, to Teach, and transferred to Texas I believe the local doctors need to check their patients (whether in hospital, or in for checkups). Much older now, and seeing 3 care providers. General, Cardiologist, and Kidney Specialists) at age 90 now. Somehow, all the talk, talk, talk, about this virus, No one seem to connect this Virus to being faster acting (and lethal) for older, people with prior immune problems. Like COPD, on steroids.

  2. Just received an automated call from our elementary school in jeffco that said teachers are preparing to switch classes to an online format in advance of a district announcement on attendance policies.

  3. Item for everyone: When you see your general care provider (Nurse or Doctor) how many of them check your inhaling, AND EXHALING, by listening to your lungs, from front and back, for equal force . Everyone should read about COPD, and read the section about what happens, when your lungs retain too much Carbon Dioxide, during the exhaling. This restricts amount of Oxygen, you lungs can take in on next inhaling. And that carbon dioxide, destroys the small air sacs in the lungs, that process oxygen, and place it in the blood steam, to feed every body cell.
    ——I became aware of this recently, when father of a friend in California, was in Vacaville hospital, and doing well. Went to Rehab facility (nursing), and was failing. By then, sent to San Jose Hospital, and later to nursing facility there. Failed, and transferred to Santa Clara, and Doctors there questioned what was reason for his progress in hospitals, then failing in habitation (nursing) facilities. And further Testing showed he NEEDED HELP AT THE NURSING HOMES, TO EXHALE I- ensuring Oxygen got to body cells. (I now understand why my care providers, all check me on every checkup (by listening to my lungs, while taking several deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling. VERY IMPORTANT.

  4. What does gun control have to do with Corona virus? Using a pandemic to push political agenda? Such a same how this state has turned into CA and is taking the rights away from its citizens.

  5. Listen up you so called lawmakers and your
    Self righteous god forsaken asses, you are put in your positrons to take nurture and keep calm and all i hear any place i look is how you are going to take a PAID do you understand PAID 2 plus weeks off becayse your to freaking good to get sick..WHAT ABOUT ME AND MANY M.J ANY MORE LIKE ME THAT LIVE DOLLAR TO DOLLAR NO ONE TAKING CARE OF US AND WHY CANT WE LEAVE TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY OH COULD IT BE BECAUSE U AND YOUR KIND ARE GONE NO BILL SIGNED SEE THOSE OF U THAT LIVE LATTER..YOU SHOULD BE BEAT TO SN INCH OF YOUR LIVES EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU..I HOPE PEOPLE REMEMBER WHAT U DID COME ELECTION TIME..THERE WILL BE YOUR BEATING

  6. “Our hearts go out to 240,000 employees in the food and beverage industry”. So are you going to take responsibility and help us out? We’re suffering because of this. There are people on my team who have children whose hours are getting cut left and right. As it stands right now we have no options if we shut down due to this virus. What are you going to do about that? People
    I love and care about are terrified, not of the virus, but of whats going to happen to us before this all blows over. This is not our decision. This is yours. Do something.

  7. Ok, a question for the masses. We het all these numbers on how many effected. We NEVER see a number or any info ANYWHERE where is says who or how many are recovering.. i would like to see out government start giving us that number.
    Kathy Screen
    (Colorado)

  8. That’s great for home owners. But what about RENTERS, how are people going to pay rent when businesses are closing down and we can’t make money to pay rent!?!? Any help on this is greatly appreciated!

  9. The governor has requested that all non essential business cut back on employees by 50% with an exception of construction businesses . Do not construction employees have the same ability to transfer the Covid virus? Construction employees are out amongst more of the population than those employees working within a housed business. Can someone explain this reason for maintaining this exposure.

  10. Our heart goes out to those in Colorado. It is a tough situation for all of us. We are praying for all those affected and for all those who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19. We appreciate the precautionary measures taken by the state during this crisis and pray for all its citizens.

    • If you’re praying then you should believe it’s already determined by your God and won’t help. After all, He numbers the hairs on your head, he knows when you live or die. Will you instead volunteer at a food banK, donate blood and make hats for oncology patients?

  11. That chart you have showing the cases, hospitalizations, deaths of the Covid-19 in CO is very helpful. I’ve been looking at these numbers every day, but to see it all in the graph confirms what I was kind of thinking. The timeline really puts is all into perspective. Thank you very much. .

  12. The Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff not on the forefront of protecting first responders. They are issuing limited non-effective equipment and their failure to limit calls for service that are not important right now unnecessarily exposes them and other citizens they come in contact with to this virus. They are both already short staffed due to sick calls. It’s about to get worse and soon you won’t have first responders to respond at all. Better watch Detroit. Help our first responders get what they need so they can continue to be out there serving and protecting.

    • The moonbeamers running Colorado Springs think this is all a psyop.

      When do the transplants get the majority down there? Can’t be that much longer before they outnumber the hairfarmers.

  13. Where did the graph go? It was a good chart, and a reliable source to watch the curve at!

    Remember; the state has 1850 ICU beds, and today April 1st the state reports 620 people have been hospitalized so far. Its probably fair to say the Colorado hospital system is starting to get overwhelmed.

    that chart is important, please bring it back!

    • Hey Samuel,

      It’s my understanding CDPHE updates their data retroactively when they confirm the actual date of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths. We had been charting the data released each day and assigning it to the day that it was released. That was relatively easy for us to keep up to date. But I believe this data can be misleading because it doesn’t show as accurate a trend. We have taken the chart down and are seeking raw, accurate data from CDPHE. For now, we will still be posting daily updates with the latest numbers. But if you want a better picture of the trend, I recommend clicking the link to CDPHE’s website and viewing their visualizations. Thanks, John

  14. I shop for Instacart and more than half the people I see in the stores and the majority of other InstaCart shoppers are not wearing any protective gear. I see babies and toddlers in grocery stores every day I work without gloves or masks. This past week I’ve seen an influx of people out shopping but I’ve also seen an influx in InstaCart shoppers. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

  15. To hell with you Polis. I’m an essential worker and I will not be wearing a mask. Not now, not ever. I remember when this used to be a free country.

  16. The government should be protecting people from late mortgage payments and late rents so that they are not foreclosed on or evicted. Further once everything is pretty much back to normal that rents and mortgages will commence again at the time the government opens the States so that people do not have to struggle to pay back rent or mortgage payments. It is bad enough that everyone is worried about getting this horrible virus (not knowing how their body is going to handle it) and then to also have to worry about losing their homes and how they are going to pay for food, electricity etc. The country should be closed down and an economic method used to help businesses and every person in this country not lose their jobs, their homes etc.

  17. The government only has so much money to help people “we the people” can be responsible enough to open our own state up responsibly. We don’t need government to rule us or step in and overreach our constitutional liberties. Who do you think gives the government money so that they have means to pay unemployment or people on social security, plus the cov-19 unemployment as a bonus which so many people are using as an additional source of income to their unemployment check they will get already. Our hard earned money which is taxed and businesses of Colorado are paying for this and with jobs being at an all time low where will the revenue come from the feds? I’d rather live than be “mandatorily cooped” up for unreasonably amounts of time when this virus is going to hit hard again once the restrictions lift. What then? You go out of business again shut it down again because of a small chance of death? I think we can social distance wear a mask out of courtesy to others especially the high risk and elderly without the need of such extreme measures via stay at home or shelter in place. And yes I understand it was to slow the spread and save lives, I am not discounting the lives that have already been lost and the ones saved due to the virus. Just wish this could been better executed from the beginning….

  18. I am wearing a mask when going into grocery stores but maybe because I have Allergies I find them stifling. I have an ordinary medical mask– made out of paper and a new cotton one. Any advice? Right now I feel as if the mask is like a hand over my face. I rip it off the minute I get out of the store. And no, I don’t want Insta Cart as I am an excellent cook, I want to choose my groceries myself. Any advice?

  19. my son”s brother in law passed away. the doctor who was treating him and knew his condition…said he died of a heart attack…but that he had to say on his death certificate that he died of the virus. So what is going on here?? I am sure that some people had the virus…but may have died from one of the other health issues they had. I kinda think we have been ‘HAD”! Americans are very smart people. We think for ourselves…which is our God given right! But we also believe in obeying the laws of the land. For instance…wearing a mask..is it the LAW…or a request that has been ask of us? I also have problems trying to breathe with something over my mouth and nose. There are those that would like to see the USA fall…and this has been a very good way to ‘bend it”s knees”!

  20. The impact of this pandemic is not confined just to the people, who continue to face hardships due to a blow on their source(s) of earning since industrial growth across the globe is witnessing a slump which might take them a couple of years to recoup from.

  21. Anybody know a good landlord/ tenant lawyer?? Came home to all of our belongings in a dumpster in the driveway and a “vacant” sign in the mailbox…

  22. Has anyone wondered what would happen to the inmates if released. Adding more to the already unemployed isn’t helping them? Job prospects are not very high during this outbreak? They shouldn’t be eligible for unemployment? Housing where, ability to pay rent, or is this adding to the homeless problem? What is the probably of inmates committing crimes again? Most inmates took someone rights away they made that choice are the people backing this wanting to put them in a room in their house?

  23. Seems like Colorado is checkin up about 10 to 15 deaths a day. Are you kidding me? What an insane example of government over reach and the politicization of this not so dangerous pandemic.

  24. Wake up people. This is control plain and simple. The curve has flattened. There was no ‘rush’ on the medical system. Our death rate for CO is around half that of a flu season from other years. President Trump has made sure we will have what we need to put out any flare ups. Plus there are therapies available should they be needed . Good grief people instead of howling like wolves in cages every night at 8pm we should be howling at the ridiculous measures being forced down our throats. And the “contact army” being built to keep us in line. When criminals are being let loose and responsible people trying to work or allow their kids to play outside (very healthy behavior btw) they are arrested or loose their licenses to make a living???? What is wrong with that picture…….wake the hell up!!!!!!!!

  25. Americans please wake up! 3000 died after the 9/11 attacks. 90,000 after tomorrow will be dead after the Chinese let this epidemic escape.Wuhan. This is the start of the next hot war, not cold war. China bought up the all the PPE and meat in January. They condemned Trump for shutting down air travel while quarantined Wuhan. Virus did not start in wet market(fish market) it was loose a month earlier (lancet med or epoch times).

  26. If this State does not open NOW we are not going to recover from this, protect the people that are most at risk and let the others go to work, earn money, have a life. This lock down is not going to stop this virus from spreading, it does not kill everyone who gets it,

  27. Dear Prime Minister Churchill:
    I would like to voice my vehement objection to your “royal edict” shuttering all London businesses one hour prior to sundown. You may believe that the “blackout” somehow hampers the Luftwaffe targeting the city, but I ask what sense is there saving a city if there is no commerce in it? I sincerely believe that we would be much better off allowing Herr Hitler occupy our Island as we would at least be able to purchase those goods and wares that make life worth living.

  28. I’m just saying nobody is commenting on the fact that the Colorado Department of Health and environment was changing death certificates hello this is a major issue! It’s not just happened here it’s literally happening all over the United States in many countries I think a hundred countries including Italy a woman was in stage 4 cancer and their Department of Health tried to change her death certificate to died of covid-19 this doesn’t raise questions in people?? Coming from a fellow Colorado citizen it is not as bad as the Colorado Department of Health and environment has made it out to be!

  29. Colorado highway accidents kill over 600 people per year, but we don’t call that a pandemic and close down our state highways and make it illegal to drive.! When the officials get done buggering the numbers, I bet we will have had fewer thatn 600 ACTUAL covid deaths in Colorado. My friend took his sister to the local hospital because she was having a heart attack (he has survived 2 so knows the symptoms well) and they claimed she died of Covid and refused to do an autopsy to prove it. Multiply that times the hundreds of Colorado hospitals, and the over reporting of Covid deaths has to be monumental – not to mention that doctors and hospitals are being offered cash bribes to label any death due to Covid. It is high time to stop all the fear mongering and let businesses reopen. When the law suits start in another month or two, you will look bad enough for your over reaction to your so-called “pandemic”, so stop digging a hole for yourself and let the state open up again. Your tax agencies are doing absolutly nothing to help businesses meet sales and property tax assessments while you have us arbitrarily shut down. We still get threatening notices rather than any kind of deferrment options! The income we are losing because of your shut-down mandates will never be made up, and the debt we are incurring from mortgages and utilities will plague us for years. Those of you on public salaries don’t know about what its like to be unconstitutionally deprived of our legal right to pursue legal businesses to earn a living for our families and employees, or to lose your insurance because you can’t pay for it, but after this next election in November, you WILL find out. We won’t forget what you have done to us!

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