Coronavirus in Southern Colorado: The Lastest from the Region and Beyond

Thursday, March 26

5:45 p.m. | First COVID-19 death reported in Pueblo County

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced Thursday evening in a press release – an 81-year-old woman had died due to COVID-19.

In the statement Randy Evetts, Public Health Director said:

“This is a tragic loss of life and we share our heartfelt condolences with the family. This unfortunate loss highlights the seriousness of this virus. Now more than ever, we want to remind our residents to protect yourself, your family, and the community.”

The death is the 9th in Southern Colorado. (7 El Paso County, 1 Pueblo County and 1 Crowley County.)

3:00 p.m | Pueblo has 2 additional COVID-19 cases

An 80 and an 82 year-old females have been confirmed as Pueblo’s 4th and 5th cases of COVID-19, the Pueblo Department of Pueblo Health said in a release on Thursday afternoon.

One of the cases is is tied to the outbreak at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center where an individual tested positive for the virus. The two cases, however are unrelated and Pueblo Health said the two women live indepently of each other.

Investigations have started on both cases.

The Numbers:

  • 217 tests administered in Pueblo County (90 taken at the State Fairgrounds 3/19/20)
  • 73 tests previously sent have been returned with negative results. 
  • 137 tests are pending

10:00 a.m. | No results for Pueblo, no additional cases

In their twice-daily email update, Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment provided the updated numbers:

  • To date, 217 tests have been sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and commercial labs.
  • Pueblo is waiting on 142 test COVID-19 test from Pueblo (including the tests from the State Fairgrounds 3/19/20).   
  • 70 tests previously sent have been returned with negative results.
  • 3 tests previously sent have been returned with positive results.

What we watching for: Without expanded testing, currently hospitals are doing the majority of the testing on patients, there isn’t the daily jump in numbers as seen in El Paso County. A spike could happen but it hasn’t happened yet. The second untracked number is more admittance by serious cases of COVID-19 into Pueblo hospitals.

8:00 a.m. | The slow Southern Colorado crawl but El Paso cases grow

Chaffee County: a ski county with winter tourism, is another one of those Colorado mountain communities showing more cases on a daily basis. They had another positive on Wednesday, bringing their total to 5.  

El Paso County: Up to 122 cases up from 106 a day earlier. On Tuesday, the county had 69 cases. 

Pueblo County: Still waiting on results from CDPHE’s mobile testing lab. With 90 out and other tests performed by hospitals still pending, it’s unknown what Pueblo’s true count is.

Counties announce results about a day before the CDPHE reflect those cases.


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