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Editor’s note: The article below has been updated to reflect that Boulder County Public Health will host its online community meetings every other week, not every Wednesday. The next meeting is 3:30 p.m. March 10.

Boulder County is nearing requirements for the less restrictive Level Blue, but public health officials say it’s still too early to know when the county’s current Level Yellow status could change.

The county on Tuesday reported one new death from the coronavirus and 38 new cases, pushing the total case number to more than 19,000. The county also released data on the number of reinfections, following the state’s announcement Monday that it was adding 822 cases of second infections to its online dashboard.

Angela Simental, Boulder County Public Health acting communications manager, said the person who died was in their 80s and was not a resident at a long-term care facility. The person’s death brings the county’s total death toll to 247. The number of new cases reported Tuesday brings the county’s total number of cases to 19,003. There were 21 people being treated at Boulder County hospitals because of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. To date, there have been a total of 577 residents hospitalized, Boulder County Public Health data showed. The seven-day average percent positivity rate was 2.5%.

County closes in on Level Blue

“The county is still in Level Yellow, but getting closer to Level Blue,” said Mike Stratton, Boulder County Public Health communications specialist.

According to the state’s COVID dial, Stratton said Boulder County is in the blue metric for one-week incidences and also for the seven-day average test positivity. The county, however, remains in the yellow metric for 10 days of declining or stable hospitalizations.

“These designations are totally up to the state, but as we understand it, we will need to be in the blue for all three categories for seven days, though there is possibility there might be some flexibility,” Stratton wrote in an email. “Things are looking good, but it is a little too early to predict when we might actually change levels — assuming, of course, that everyone does their part to keep the virus in check in the county.”

COVID-19 vaccine increase expected; state reports reinfections

Gov. Jared Polis announced in a news conference Tuesday that the state met its goal to vaccinate 70% of people 70 and older by the end of February. Polis also said the federal COVID-19 vaccine supply was greater this week and that Colorado was expecting to receive an increase of more than 11,500 doses for about 256,880 doses next week. Colorado’s supply in mid-March is expected to increase again, according to a news release about the conference.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a news release Monday that it would be adding 822 cases to the data dashboard that “meet the standard national criteria to define persons who had a second infection of the virus that causes COVID-19,” according to a news release. The criteria include receiving two positive tests for the virus within 90 days or longer.

The cases were reported from Aug. 20 to Feb. 28 and involved people from 1 to 101, with the median age being 42, according to the release. Of the cases, 49% were women. The reinfection cases make up about .19% of Colorado’s total case count, the release said.

In Boulder County, there have been 24 cases of reinfection, Stratton said. Of those cases, he said five are affiliated with long-term care facilities and the ages for reinfections ranges from 20 to 90 years old.

When former Boulder County Public Health spokesperson Chana Goussetis warned residents about the possibility of reinfection last month, there had been 22 total cases reported. Goussetis said people who have had the virus are considered immune to reinfection for 90 days. After that time frame, people who are exposed to the virus again and not fully vaccinated are susceptible to reinfection.

The University of Colorado Boulder reported four positive tests discovered during testing Monday, according to the university’s online dashboard. There were also 106 diagnostic tests and 2,209 monitoring tests taken. There were four on-campus isolation spaces in use, which makes up 1% of the campus’ isolation reserve space. Since Jan. 4, there have 334 positive results; 5,647 diagnostic tests and 37,894 monitoring tests.

In the Boulder Valley School District, there were 26 active cases and 318 quarantines among 276 students and 42 staff, according to the district’s online coronavirus dashboard.

The St. Vrain Valley School District reported that there were 42 active cases among 34 students and eight staff, its dashboard showed. Throughout the school year, there have been a cumulative 874 cases among 639 students and 235 staff.

Statewide, the CDPHE reported that there are 430,615 cases. Among the cases, there have been 5,959 deaths, and of those, 5,927 deaths because of COVID-19. There have been 23,593 people hospitalized. Of Colorado’s more than 5.7 million population, there have been 2,585,390 people tested.

Boulder County Public Health will host bi-weekly community update meetings on the virus. The next meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. People can tune into the online meeting by visiting the county’s website at: bit.ly/3e9arzb.


Boulder Valley School District cases, quarantines

BVSD elementary schools

  • Douglass: 1 active case; 25 students and 1 staff quarantined
  • Emerald: 1 active case; 1 student quarantined
  • Fireside: 1 active case; 18 students and 1 staff quarantined
  • Foothills: 2 active cases; 33 students and 9 staff quarantined
  • Pioneer: 1 active case; 26 students and 1 staff quarantined
  • Ryan: 2 active cases; 49 students and 7 staff quarantined

BVSD middle schools

  • Angevine: 1 active case; 12 students quarantined
  • Centennial: 1 active case; 9 students quarantined
  • Halcyon 6-12 special education: 1 active case; 5 students and 4 staff quarantined
  • Manhattan: 1 active case; 4 students quarantined
  • Nevin Platt: 1 active case; 5 staff quarantined

BVSD high schools

  • Boulder: 4 active cases; 4 students quarantined
  • Broomfield: 2 active cases; 1 student quarantined
  • Broomfield and Fairview: 1 active case; 26 students and 5 staff quarantined
  • Centaurus: 2 active cases; 31 students and 5 staff quarantined

BVSD athletics:

  • Centaurus Athletics: 1 active case; 8 students quarantined

Other:

  • Meadowlark PK-8: 1 active case; 14 students and 3 staff quarantined
  • Monarch High School Athletics: 1 active case; 10 students quarantined
  • Transpo-Boulder: 1 active case; 1 staff member quarantined

St. Vrain Valley School District cases

SVVSD elementary schools

  • Alpine: 1 student and 1 staff case
  • Black Rock: 2 staff cases
  • Blue Mountain: 1 student case
  • Eagle Crest: 1 student case
  • Grand View: 1 student case
  • Longmont Estates: 1 student case
  • Lyons: 2 student cases
  • Northridge: 1 student case

SVVSD middle schools

  • Altona: 1 student case
  • Coal Ridge: 1 student case
  • Longs Peak: 2 student cases
  • Lyons Middle Senior: 1 student case
  • Mead: 1 student case

SVVSD high schools

  • Erie: 6 student cases
  • Frederick: 3 student cases
  • Longmont: 2 student cases
  • Mead: 1 student case
  • Niwot: 3 student cases
  • Silver Creek: 1 student and 1 staff case
  • Skyline: 1 student case

Other

  • LaunchED Virtual Academy: 1 student case
  • Soaring Heights PK-8: 2 students and 1 staff case
  • Multiple schools: 1 staff case
  • Central Administration: 2 staff cases