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Boulder County reports two days of record-breaking coronavirus cases

Wednesday's case totals surpass the previous day with more than 500 cases

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Boulder County Public Health reported a record-breaking 535 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday — surpassing Tuesday’s total of 436, which was the largest single-day total since the onset of the pandemic.

Shawn Hollister, spokesperson for Boulder County Public Health, confirmed that both numbers are the highest single-day totals the county has seen.

Hollister referred to previous news releases from the county when asked to comment about the case totals.

The U.S. on Tuesday also broke a record when the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases topped 267,000. The highest previous average was reported Jan. 11 with about 250,000 cases.

County health officials are attributing the spike in COVID-19 cases to the omicron variant, which has rapidly spread throughout the county and state.

Dr. Michelle Haas, BCPH chief medical officer, said in a public health news release that the seven-day cumulative case rate increased from 184.9 per 100,000 on Dec. 20 to 260.1 cases per 100,000 on Dec. 22 — a 44% increase.

The omicron variant now accounts for more than 90% of Colorado’s COVID-19 cases only three weeks after it was found, and 59% of the cases across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number is down from what the CDC previously reported about the new variant.

According to the most recent state data, 10 new omicron variant cases have been determined in Boulder County since Dec. 21. That brings the total to 15.

Public health officials in the news release reminded residents about the importance of wearing a mask, preferably a KN95 or surgical mask, though a multi-layer cloth mask does meet the county’s public health order requiring the use of masks by people age 2 and older in indoor public spaces.

They also emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu and getting booster shots. The release said that preliminary data shows that a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine offers significant protection against the omicron variant.

“Vaccination against COVID-19, including getting a booster, remains the most important step that individuals can take to protect their health and the health of their community and reduce the impact of COVID-19,” Hollister has said.

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