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Colordo Governor Jard Polis talks about medical supplies needed in the state during a news conference as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Monday, March 30, 2020, in Centennial, Colo. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Southern Colorado: Pueblo has 2nd COVID-19 death while Governor alarmed by El Paso death rate

An 80-year-old male is Pueblo County’s second death from COVID-19, Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed on Monday. This death follows an 81-year-old woman who passed away from COVID-19 last week. 

In 24 hours, Pueblo received a bulk of results with 3 positives and 39 negatives. 

The Numbers:
Pueblo County All:

  • 283 tested (+7)
  • 209 negative (+39)
  • 45 pending (-37)
  • 21 positive (+3)

*From Pueblo Health

Southern Colorado Counties:

  • County / positives / deaths
  • Alamosa – 1
  • Baca – 1
  • Bent – 0
  • Chaffee – 15 (1)
  • Conejos – 0
  • Crowley – 1 (1)
  • Costilla – 3
  • Custer – 0
  • El Paso – 245 (11)
  • Fremont – 2
  • Kiowa – 0
  • Otero – 3
  • Prowers – 0
  • Saguache – 0
  • Rio Grande – 4

* From CDPHE. Numbers can be 24 hours behind local county health reports.

Colorado

  • 15,364 tested (+1176)
  • 2620 positives (+320)
  • 414 hospitalized (+88)
  • 51 deaths (+4)
  • 47 counties (+1)

* From CDPHE. Numbers can be 24 hours behind local county health reports.

Behind the numbers: 

  • Chaffee County has the fourth-highest COVID-19 cases per capita in the state. The other 3 are also neighboring Colorado mountain communities. (Gunnison, Pitkin & Eagle)
  • Pueblo County is not reporting hospitalization over fears assumptions could be made over patients located in one of the two hospitals.
  • El Paso County has 11 deaths from the virus, which is the highest in the state.

What they said: 

Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health Director, said:

  • “It’s clear testing has ramped up as we are seeing a spike in hospitalizations and death across the state.”

Governor Jared Polis urged El Paso County to obey stay-at-home orders:

  • “We want to make sure we see greater support for compliance for staying at home in El Paso County.”

Dr. Leon Kelly, Deputy Medical Health Director told the Colorado Springs Gazette that the deaths are not related to social distancing measures and happened before they were in place:

  • “Much of the early exposure to the virus in Colorado Springs at the bridge club happened before social distancing orders were in place. These deaths are not related to a defiance of anything that anybody is asking currently,” Kelly told the newspaper.

The Southern Colorado Picture:

As of Monday evening, more than half of Southern Colorado’s counties have at least 1 COVID-19 case.

Health officials haven’t released data when they expect the peak number of cases will arrive for rural Colorado but that could be towards the middle of April.

Taos County, N.M: 

Last week, we said to look out for a rise in cases from Nothern New Mexico that may impact San Luis Valley or Las Animas County because its a destination for marijuana purchases and other business:

  • Taos County, borders San Luis Valley has 10 cases as of Monday. 
  • Colfax County (Raton), which is near Trinidad, has 0 cases.

The Statewide Picture: 

Gov. Polis, in a Monday press conference, said that Colorado is starting to see the first signs of the impacts of March 16 closure of restaurants and bars. 

COVID-19 doubling time has slowed from 2 days to 5 days, which has delayed the peak of the outbreak, which is vital to maintaining critical care for patients in hospitals around the state.

Polis also said that while detection of the virus could take as much as 8 days, once someone is hospitalized with a severe case, the recovery could take longer.