Growth in deaths from Colorado’s coronavirus outbreaks shows signs of leveling off

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LONE TREE, CO - MARCH 27: From left, Physician Lucas Rylander, registered nurse Anne Auger, medical assistant Dao Nguyen, and registered nurses Andrea Martell and Jill Ross work in the tent for COVID-19 test at Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Medical Offices in Lone Tree, Colorado on Friday March 27, 2020. Kaiser Permanente has 10 drive-thru testing locations for COVID-19 across the metro area. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)
LONE TREE, CO - MARCH 27: From left, Physician Lucas Rylander, registered nurse Anne Auger, medical assistant Dao Nguyen, and registered nurses Andrea Martell and Jill Ross work in the tent for COVID-19 test at Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Medical Offices in Lone Tree, Colorado on Friday March 27, 2020. Kaiser Permanente has 10 drive-thru testing locations for COVID-19 across the metro area. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

The growth in deaths from Colorado’s COVID-19 outbreaks appears to be leveling off, though it’s far from certain that the trend will continue.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that outbreaks linked to residential facilities or workplaces were responsible for 7,414 cases of the new coronavirus and 743 deaths. That’s roughly one-third of all cases and three-fifths of all deaths among infected people.

While those numbers might not be cause for celebration, it was the slowest week-over-week increase in deaths since the state began reporting outbreaks on April 15, with the total growing about 10%. In comparison, deaths nearly doubled between the first report and the second one on April 22.

Read more of the story, including the list of facilities with the largest outbreaks by case count, at The Denver Post. 

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