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Boulder County reports 4 new coronavirus cases, first single-digit day since March

Health department sees infections trending down ahead of move to level clear


Boulder County Public Health on Wednesday reported four new positive COVID-19 cases — the first single-digit day since mid-March.

“We owe a lot to the community who has decided to get vaccinated,” said BCPH Spokeswoman Angela Simental. “We are seeing the trends go down.”

Boulder County’s positive cases have continued to decrease over the past several days. On Monday, the county reported 15 positive COVID-19 cases, 21 positive cases Tuesday and on Wednesday the number shrunk to four. Simental said there is a lag in data by the time the county compiles the information and posts it to the site about 3 p.m. every day, but even with that lag, it would only vary by one or two cases.

“The trends are still very accurate,” she said. “There is always something that happened today that will not get reported until later on.”

The last time a single-digit increase was reported was March 15, when five new cases were tallied.

As of Monday, Simental said 69.8% of the Boulder County population elidable for the COVID-19 vaccine has received at least one dose of the vaccination.

“That is a great step forward,” she said. “There are a lot of advantages to getting vaccinated. We get to have our businesses remain open. It’s really a community effort, so we are very happy to see the positivity that is going down and the vaccine rate going up.”

Simental said it’s wonderful to see the positive case rate trend down as the county prepares to move from modified level blue to level clear on Sunday.

Under level clear, capacity restrictions and mitigation are no longer required but may be encouraged, according to the BCPH’s website. Masks may still be required under state or local order, and if the state continues any orders, those state restrictions will apply in Boulder County.

Level clear will observed for 90 days beginning Sunday. The county will remain at that level if new hospital admissions remain below an average of two per day per 100,000 residents for seven consecutive days as observed over a 14-day period, Simental said.

“Level clear gives us a little more leeway as far as how we come back to normal,” she said. “To go into level clear, we have to remain low in our numbers. I think that will happen on May 16.”

Although the number of positive cases have fallen, BCPH reported one new death Wednesday.  Simental said the person who died was in their 40s. They were not a resident of a long-term care facility.