BOULDER COUNTY, CO — Over the past week, more than 90 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Boulder County, according to public health data. As of Tuesday, 1,100 people had tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began. The death toll in the county has reached 69.
Around 503 people have recovered in the county and 169 have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, according to Boulder County Public Health. More than 10,690 people have been tested in the county.
The agency released the following municipal breakdown of case numbers in the county, which include both probable and confirmed cases as of Tuesday:
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Longmont has the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people — 519.8, followed by Lafayette (335.1) and Boulder (299.7).
Gov. Jared Polis announced new statewide public health guidelines Monday that will allow some services to reopen. The governor said the more-relaxed guidelines are a result of Coloradans' dedication to wearing masks and practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
"12 of the last 14 days have had a downward trend in cases," Polis said during a news conference Monday. "So far, Coloradans have done a great job."
"We see that some of our neighboring states are moving the wrong way, such as Utah."
The "Safer at Home: New Guidelines," aims to be more sustainable for the economy than previous guidelines, the governor said. He also announced "Protect Our Neighbors," a new framework that "will empower local governments that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems, paired with low virus levels, to make decisions about how they should reopen," Polis said.
Under the Safer at Home: New Guidelines phase, counties that have seen a downward trend of cases and that prove they have a solid plan for combating the virus can apply to expand some services.
- Indoor events (conferences, receptions, museums) can begin to open
- Outdoor events (concerts, fairs rodeos, receptions) can also begin to open
- Residential overnight summer camps will be able to open with 10 kids together indoors and 25 kids outdoors
- Bars will be able to open at 25 percent or up to 50 people
- Personal services will be able to expand to include things such as facials, beard trimming, lip waxing, etc.
- Non-critical manufacturing facilities can expand their in-person workforce
The new rules are set to take effect Thursday after they've been finalized, Polis said.
Denver, Arapahoe and Weld counties consistently have the highest overall number of cases in the state; however, Morgan, Logan, Saguache, and Crowley counties consistently have the highest case rates per 100,000 people.
As of Tuesday, 29,442 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Colorado among 254,020 people who have been tested since the outbreak began, health officials confirmed. Around 5,272 people have been hospitalized, and the death toll among people who tested positive for COVID-19 has reached 1,617.