Boulder County Public Health reported Tuesday two new COVID-19 deaths that involved residents of long-term care facilities.
“I’m sad to report that we were notified today of two Boulder County residents with COVID-19 passed away yesterday,” Boulder County Public Health spokeswoman Chana Goussetis said.
The two residents were in their 80s and 90s, Goussetis said, and were residents from different long-term care facilities. The two new deaths bring the county’s coronavirus death toll to 203.
The county reported 47 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 15,908. There have been 430 hospitalized since the pandemic began.
The Longmont Fire Department was among seven new Boulder County outbreaks listed in the state’s weekly outbreak report last week. Dan Higgins, Longmont Fire Services Division interim deputy chief, said the majority of Longmont firefighters who were sickened with the coronavirus in late December were able to return to work this week.
Eleven firefighters have returned this week. Higgins said four other firefighters needed additional time to recover and are scheduled to come back to work next week.
State data last week showed that 14 people had tested positive for the virus. Higgins said a 15th person who was exposed also tested positive for the virus.
With healthy firefighters working over time, Higgins said that services were not interrupted because of the outbreak. The Longmont Fire Department will continue following protocols to limit the possibility of an infection, he said.
“We have a screening process that everyone needs to go through before they start their shift: They get their temperature checked, and they answer a series of health screening questions,” Higgins said. “In the stations, as much as physically possible, firefighters are supposed to stay (physically) distanced and have their masks on.”
He said the Longmont Fire Department also has stepped up its cleaning process and has been using a machine that mists hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate areas.
The University of Colorado Boulder, which is set to begin its spring semester with fully remote learning on Thursday, updated its online dashboard Tuesday. During testing from over the weekend and Monday, there were six new positive test results from 132 diagnostic tests and 771 monitoring tests. Since the start of the school year on Aug. 24, the university has reported 1,772 positive results from 16,714 diagnostic tests and 77,431 monitoring tests.
Boulder Valley School District reported on its online coronavirus dashboard that there were 10 positive cases, six probable cases and one pending, symptomatic case.
The St. Vrain Valley School District reported 32 active cases, split between 20 students and 12 staff. The district has seen a cumulative 425 student cases and 188 staff cases, totaling 613.
Statewide, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported there are 362,825 cases. There have been 5,213 deaths among cases, and of those, there have been 4,183 deaths due to COVID-19. There have been 20,015 people hospitalized. Of Colorado’s more than 5.7 million people, 2,247,455 people have been tested.
According to a Monday email from CDPHE, there are a total of four COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant cases in the state, two of which are from Elbert County and two from the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons in Aurora. CDPHE confirmed all cases of the variant involved staff members at facilities, not patients.
Boulder County Public Health encourages residents to participate in its weekly COVID-19 vaccines Q&A discussions. The virtual meetings are at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Those who want to participate can do so by visiting bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/covid-19-community-updates.
Vaccines administered in Boulder County
- 1,735 received both doses
- 10,162 received one dose
Boulder Valley active cases
BVSD elementary schools
- Alicia Sanchez: 1 probable case
- Coal Creek: 1 positive case
- Douglass: 1 positive case
- Eisenhower: 1 positive case
- Eldorado: 1 positive case
- Louisville: 2 positive cases
- Meadowlark: 1 probable case
- Pioneer: 2 probable cases; 1 symptomatic, test pending
- Superior: 1 positive case
- University Hill: 1 probable case
BVSD middle schools
- Casey: 1 positive case
- Culinary Center: 1 positive case
- Transportation: 1 positive case
- Early Connections: 1 probable case
St. Vrain Valley active cases
SVVSD elementary schools
- Alpine: 1
- Blue Mountain: 1
- Centennial: 1
- Central: 4
- Hygiene: 1
- Legacy: 2
- Longmont Estates: 2
- Niwot: 2
- Soaring Heights: 1
- Timberline: 2
SVVSD middle schools
- Altona: 1
- Coal Ridge: 1
- Erie: 1
- Mead: 1
- Westview: 1
SVVSD high schools
- Erie: 3
- Frederick: 1
- Mead: 1
- Silver Creek: 1
- Skyline: 2
- Spark! Discovery Preschool: 1
- Central Administration: 1