The number of active COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado decreased again, as of Wednesday’s weekly report, though correctional institutions saw increases.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 578 active outbreaks, which was the fewest since late October. An outbreak is two or more cases tied to the same location or event. It isn’t considered over until four weeks have passed with no new cases.
Almost a quarter of current outbreaks were in K-12 schools, but the number decreased slightly compared to last week. The state health department reported 137 active outbreaks in schools, which was seven fewer than the previous week.
Most other major sectors also either had fewer outbreaks than the previous week, or held steady. Exceptions were correctional institutions, with four more outbreaks; colleges, three; outpatient health care, three; construction, two; and restaurants, one. Some fluctuation from week to week is normal.
Jails in Clear Creek and Summit counties had new outbreaks, as did the Delta Correctional Center and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. So far, each new outbreak involved fewer than 20 new cases.
Five new outbreaks were reported at Colorado colleges, but two were declared over, for a net increase of three.
New clusters were found in the University of Northern Colorado’s strength and conditioning program for athletes; Beta Theta Pi at Colorado School of Mines; Colorado Christian University; Northeastern Junior College’s athletics program; and a dining hall at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus. All involved fewer than 15 cases.
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