Colorado reports first coronavirus outbreaks linked to child care centers
Colorado has identified its first coronavirus outbreaks in child care facilities, with four adults and one child testing positive for the COVID-19 respiratory disease, according to new data released Wednesday by the state’s public health department.
All of the cases related to child care were in the Denver metro area. Orchard Valley Learning Center, in Arapahoe County, reported two adults and one child have tested positive. The other adult cases were at The Learning Experience Westminster, in Jefferson County.
Children are at a lower risk for severe complications of COVID-19, though at least three children in New York have died from an immune overreaction to the virus.
So far, 6,110 of Colorado’s COVID-19 cases and 673 deaths have been linked to 206 outbreaks across Colorado. That means about 30% of all cases and 63% of all deaths have come from a known outbreak.
All told, Colorado now has recorded 1,062 deaths and 20,475 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 since the virus first was detected in the state in early March, according to the latest state data case released Wednesday.
Outbreaks have been reported in a dairy plant, a mushroom farm, six grocery stores, 17 food manufacturing facilities and 11 prisons or jails. The vast majority of Colorado’s outbreaks are still in facilities serving older people and those with disabilities, though. Of the 192 active outbreaks, 134 were in residential care facilities.
Five outbreaks in Colorado have exceeded 100 cases, and aren’t yet over:
- Sterling Correctional Facility: 458 cases, 2 deaths
- JBS meatpacking plant, Greeley: 316 cases, 6 deaths
- Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, Denver: 184 cases, 0 deaths
- Cherry Creek Nursing Center, Aurora: 139 cases, 32 deaths
- Orchard Park Health Care Center, Centennial: 129 cases, 5 deaths
The Cherry Creek Nursing Center also had the most deaths of any outbreak in the state. The other outbreaks with the highest death tolls also were in nursing facilities:
- Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, Brush: 96 cases, 20 deaths
- Centennial Healthcare Center, Greeley: 87 cases, 20 deaths
- Laurel Manor Care Center, Colorado Springs: 76 cases, 18 deaths
- Mountain Vista Health Care, Wheat Ridge: 72 cases, 15 deaths
- Julia Temple Health Care Center, Englewood: 66 cases, 15 deaths
This week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared 14 outbreaks resolved — meaning there’s no longer evidence of COVID-19’s spread within that setting. The resolved outbreaks include a bridge tournament in El Paso County, housing for employees of Copper Mountain and 12 senior living facilities.
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