At least 10 Boulder County residents who had tested positive for the coronavirus have died, including seven in long-term care facilities, health officials announced Sunday.
Boulder County’s total confirmed and probable positive cases also has reached 275, an uptick of 27 from the previous day, according to Boulder County Public Health.
Of those, 62 people have required hospitalization, 113 have recovered, and investigations are ongoing concerning 48 of the cases. The average age continues to be 50 years old, while the age bracket seeing the highest number of positive tests is those 20 to 29.
Of the eight deaths tallied by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office as of Thursday, the oldest person to die is a 98-year-old woman. The youngest was also the first person to die, 68-year-old Dan Vigil of Lafayette, who passed away March 22.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Sunday also released new numbers for the statewide impact of COVID-19.
Based on data reported through Saturday, 290 people have died, 7,303 have tested positive, and 1,417 have been hospitalized across 56 of the state’s 64 counties. Additionally, there have been outbreaks at 68 residential and non–hospital health care facilities.
While the case numbers locally are rising, according to Boulder County Public Health, the average three-day growth rate of new Boulder County residents testing positive or considered probable for COVID-19 has been trending down.
The three-day growth rate on April 10 was at 4.8%, down from about 10% on April 6. The three-day growth rate high was about 40% on March 20.
“We understand how difficult it may be to not be able to run out an pick up something for dinner, to get your work done while also home-schooling, or to limit exercise to the yard,” Boulder County Public Health spokeswoman Chana Goussetis wrote in an email. “We are grateful for the commitment of every Boulder County resident to do what’s best for their neighbor, family and friends. It will take more time, so please keep it up — what you’re doing is making a difference.”
While the downward trend in growth rate is positive, county health officials have noted it’s based on incomplete data.
Both the county and state numbers are believed to not show the full range of COVID-19’s spread, due to the lack of access to testing for many, and because of the lag time in a return on the results of tests that are completed.