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CU Boulder to revamp coronavirus reporting, cites 11 positive cases during past five days


University of Colorado Boulder will begin reporting a daily and running total of positive coronavirus cases on its online dashboard by next week, according to an update posted to the university’s website Thursday.

CU Boulder is currently reporting the number of coronavirus tests conducted over a five-day period and number of positive tests over a five-day period, as well as the five-day average of new cases per day and the percentage of student isolation space that is being used.

Starting next week, the campus will report the number of new positive cases every day, the number of tests conducted every day, the total number of positive coronavirus cases since the semester began and how many tests have been completed since the semester began.

CU Boulder will also report the number of isolation spaces available and in use by on-campus students and the number of screening tests completed for the campus monitoring program.

However, before those changes are made, CU Boulder officials on Thursday reported 11 positive coronavirus tests during the past five days, while Boulder County reported 15 cases.

CU’s online dashboard reported the 11 cases surfaced between Aug. 22 and Wednesday, out of 354 tests.

CU has not posted cumulative results and instead has been releasing numbers on a rolling five-day time frame, but Daily Camera calculations based on previous numbers from the university’s online dashboard indicate there were possibly four new positive tests reported Tuesday, putting the campus at 28 positive tests since Aug. 11.

Students needed proof of a negative test or needed to get a test on campus to move into the dorms before the start of the fall semester on Monday. With classes now underway, the university is testing students living in the dorms on a weekly basis, but will not be testing off-campus students.

The county’s 15 cases bring the total to 2,271. Of those, 195 have been hospitalized and 898 have recovered. There are 154 disease investigations in progress and the death toll remains at 79.

With Labor Day less than two weeks away, Boulder County Public Health is hoping to prevent a spike in cases connected to the holiday.

“After July 4, Boulder County saw a 64% increase in the average 5-day rolling cases per day for the 2 weeks after the holiday,” the health department tweeted Thursday. “For Labor Day we need to work together to prevent another spike in COVID-19 cases.”

Data updated Thursday shows that 41,229 county residents have been tested for the virus. The overall percent of positive tests returned is 4.22%, and the current five-day average percent of positive tests is 2.

The five-day average of new daily cases Thursday is 7.6. One week ago, the five-day average was 15.8, county data shows.

Statewide, there have been 6,928 positive or probable cases. There have been 1,931 deaths among the cases, and of those, there have been 1,835 deaths because of the coronavirus. There have been 6,928 people hospitalized. Of Colorado’s roughly 5.7 million population, 687,530 people have been tested for the virus.

Staff writer Katie Langford contributed to this story.

Boulder County cases by age:

  • 0-9: 55
  • 10-19: 228
  • 20-29:743
  • 30-39: 281
  • 40-49: 280
  • 50-59: 262
  • 60-69: 167
  • 70-79: 136
  • 80+: 106

Some data may be missing due to ongoing disease investigations and reporting delays, the health department notes. 

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