Boulder County reported 50 new coronavirus cases Thursday but no additional deaths. In addition, the state’s weekly outbreak report showed that there are three new outbreaks across the county.
The number of new cases brings Boulder County’s total number of cases to 19,132. The death toll remained at 247. Hospitalizations dropped from 19 people in the hospital because of COVID-19 on Wednesday to 12 people in the hospital on Thursday, according to Boulder County Public Health data. A total of 580 residents have been hospitalized to date. The seven-day average positivity rate was 2.8%. The seven-day average for the number of new cases among residents was 49.4.
Three new outbreaks
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s weekly outbreak report showed that the three new outbreaks occurred at Accel at Longmont, a nursing home and rehabilitative care community; World Famous Dark Horse, a bar and grill; and Summit Middle School, a Boulder K-12 charter school. The state classifies an outbreak as two or more people at a workplace or facility testing positive within 14 days.
The outbreak at Accel at Longmont was reported on March 2. According to state data, there have been a total of three cases among two staff members and one resident at the location, 1960 S. Fordham St. The report also shows that Accel at Longmont had an earlier outbreak in November, which was resolved in January. Accel didn’t respond to request for comment by deadline.
Dark Horse’s outbreak was reported Feb. 26. The bar and grill, 2922 Baseline Road, had six total staff cases, the report shows.
Director of Operations Chris Verrips said the outbreak occurred about three weeks ago among staff members who live together.
“We closed for a week,” Verrips wrote in an email. “Cleaned and sanitized every surface in the building. The contact tracing we went through didn’t really leave us a ton of staff to work with. We followed all the CDC guidelines upon dealing with our staff. We quarantined everyone we needed to and had anyone we deemed high contact test before returning to work after quarantine.”
Verrips said the business will continue its diligence to wear masks, space out tables, sanitize and circulate air flow. He also said staff members’ temperatures are monitored and that they are encouraged to stay home if they’re not feeling well.
“Throughout this whole pandemic our staff has been nothing but rock stars!” he wrote. “They have had to adjust to many income changes, rules, among everything else and not batted an eye. We have lost very few staff members and kept everyone employed throughout. Our No. 1 priority is keeping our staff and customers safe, allowing us to keep our doors open.”
At Summit Middle School, 4655 Hanover Ave., there were two total attendee cases reported, the state report showed. The outbreak was reported Feb. 25. The school didn’t respond to request for comment before deadline.
The state report shows that there are 22 active outbreaks in Boulder County. Across the state, there are a total of 708 active outbreaks.
Three outbreaks were also reported as newly resolved in Boulder County. The state considers an outbreak to be resolved when there are no new cases for 28 days. The report showed that the resolved cases occurred at:
- Intervention Community Corrections Services, a halfway house, resolved its case Wednesday.
- The Peaks At Old Laramie Trail, an assisted living facility, resolved its case Feb. 26.
- Tru Community Care, which provides in-home care, resolved its TRU PACE program outbreak on Tuesday.
Longmont infection rate still highest in county
Longmont continues to have the greatest rate of infection among the county’s municipalities with 6,788 positive tests per 100,000 residents, according to county data updated Thursday. Boulder has the second highest rate of infection at 6,685.3 positive tests per 100,000 people, followed by Lafayette with an infection rate of 5,069.7; Louisville at 4,090.2; Erie at 3,906.6; unincorporated Boulder County at 3,772.1; Lyons at 3,273.1; Superior at 2,821.5 and Nederland at 1,623.4.
Boulder continues to have the highest number of cases, however. County data showed that, as of Thursday, there were 7,118 Boulder residents who had tested positive for the virus, followed by 6,557 positive tests in Longmont; 1,648 positive tests in unincorporated Boulder County; 1,554 positive tests in Lafayette; 851 positive tests in Louisville; 369 positive tests in Superior; 81 positive tests in people experiencing homelessness; 67 positive tests in Lyons and 25 positive tests in Nederland.
Data continues to show the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on the county’s minorities. While about 13.8% of the county’s population is Hispanic/Latino, they represent roughly 34.3% of cases; about 39% of hospitalizations and roughly 17.7% of deaths. People who are white, non-Hispanic make up roughly 77.8% of the county’s population and represent about 60.7% of the cases; roughly 53.8% of hospitalizations and about 76.4% of COVID-19 deaths. Black or African American, non-Hispanic people represent about .8% of the county’s population and roughly 1% of cases, about 1.5% of hospitalizations and about .5% of deaths. Asians represent roughly 4.6% of the county’s population, making up about 2.4% of cases; 4.4% of hospitalizations; and 4.1% of deaths.
At the University of Colorado Boulder, there were seven positive tests discovered during testing Wednesday, the university’s dashboard showed. There were also 142 diagnostic tests and 1,666 monitoring tests. Eight on-campus isolation spaces were in use, which is 2% of the campus’ isolation reserve. Since Jan. 4, there have been 346 total positive results; 5,918 diagnostic tests and 41,611 monitoring tests completed.
In the Boulder Valley School District there were 30 active cases reported, according to the district’s dashboard. There are 356 quarantines among 311 students and 45 staff.
The St. Vrain Valley School District reported 56 active coronavirus cases among 44 students and 12 staff, according to the district’s dashboard. Throughout the school year, there have been 899 cases among 658 students and 241 staff.
Statewide, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that there were 433,021 cases. Among the cases, there have been 5,974 deaths, and of those deaths 5,960 were due to COVID-19. There have been 23,791 people hospitalized. Of Colorado’s roughly 5.7 million population, there have been 2,597,695 people tested.
COVID-19 vaccines administered in Boulder County
- 29,115 people have received their first vaccine dose
- 31,137 people received both doses
- 60,252 shots have been administered total
*This data is updated by Boulder County Public Health on Mondays and Thursdays
Boulder Valley School District cases and quarantines
BVSD elementary schools
- Alicia Sanchez: 1 active case; 17 students and 4 staff quarantined
- Columbine: 1 active case; 15 students quarantined and 3 staff quarantined
- 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
- Foothill: 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: 2 active cases; 25 students and 1 staff 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: 3 active cases; 4 students quarantined
- Broomfield: 2 active cases; 1 student quarantined
- Centaurus: 2 active cases; 21 students and 2 staff quarantined
- Centaurus Athletics: 2 active cases; 8 student quarantines
- Monarch Athletics: 1 active case; 10 students quarantined
- Bus route- Centaurus High School/Louisville Elementary/Meadowlark: 1 active case; 20 students and 1 staff quarantined
- Bus route- Fireside/Broomfield Heights Middle School: 1 active case; 3 students and 2 staff quarantined
- Meadowlark PK-8: 1 active case; 14 students and 3 staff quarantined
- Transpo-Boulder: 1 active case; 1 staff quarantined
St. Vrain Valley School District cases
SVVSD elementary schools
- Alpine: 1 student and 1 staff case
- Black Rock: 1 staff case
- Blue Mountain: 1 staff case
- Centennial: 2 student cases
- Eagle Crest: 1 student case
- Grand View: 1 student case
- Longmont Estates: 1 student case
- Lyons: 2 student cases
- Northridge: 1 student case
- Red Hawk: 1 staff case
SVVSD middle schools
- Altona: 2 student cases
- Coal Ridge: 1 student case
- Longs Peak: 2 student cases
- Mead: 3 student cases
- Trail Ridge: 2 student cases
SVVSD high schools
- Erie: 4 student cases
- Frederick: 3 student cases
- Longmont: 2 student cases
- Mead: 2 student cases
- Niwot: 5 student cases
- Silver Creek: 2 student and 3 staff cases
- Skyline: 1 student case
- LaunchED Virtual Academy: 1 student case
- Soaring Heights PK-8: 4 students and 1 staff case
- Timberline PK-8: 1 staff case
- Central Administration: 4 staff cases