The number of Boulder County residents who have tested positive for the new coronavirus has risen to 93 as of 3 p.m. Sunday, county health officials said.
Sunday’s cases are up by 12 over Saturday, when cases totaled 81.
According to Boulder County Public Health spokesperson Chana Goussetis, 14 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization and 40 have recovered from their illness.The county has recorded one death associated with the coronavirus, that of a Lafayette resident in their 60s.
Sunday afternoon, updated numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment showed 2,307 cases statewide, with 326 people hospitalized across 46 counties, and 47 deaths. There have also been 10 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities.
To try to slow the spread of the virus and not overwhelm hospitals, the state is under a stay-at-home order issued late Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis.
The order requires residents to stay in their homes except for essential travel, like grocery shopping or caring for a loved one. Bars, restaurants, ski resorts, hair salons and other nonessential businesses are shuttered at least until mid-April.
“This is a critical time,” Goussetis said. “How well we adhere to the stay-at-home order now will directly influence how many people become severely ill and how our local economy is impacted long-term.”
Both the Boulder County and state numbers are unlikely to fully reflect the actual number of people in the county who have the virus. There are numerous people who have the virus whose test results are not yet known, while more likely have the virus and have not yet been tested because they don’t meet the testing criteria.
Those testing positive for the disease range in age from the teens to the 80s, and the average age is 45 years, according to Boulder County.
Under the stay at home order, businesses may continue operations where their employees, contractors and volunteers work remotely or from home. Essential businesses are asked to remain open, but must comply with social distancing requirements of maintaining a six-foot distance from others, including employees and members of the public — for example, customers standing in line.
Essential businesses, including restaurants, are encouraged to consider delivery, drive-thru, and pick up options to minimize exposure between individuals.