Apr. 9—The state reported one new coronavirus outbreak in the county this week, at a Longmont care facility where one of the positive cases is a staff member who had been vaccinated.
County health officials also reported 94 new coronavirus cases, four additional hospitalizations and no new deaths.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its outbreak report on Wednesday. This week's outbreak, at The Peaks Care Center at 1440 Coffman St., brings the total active outbreaks in the county to 30. One prior outbreak was resolved last week, according to state data.
The Peaks Care Center Executive Director Julian Hazlett confirmed on Thursday that two of the rehabilitation facility staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday during routine testing and that both are asymptomatic.
"One of (the staff members) was actually vaccinated," Hazlett said. This staff member had been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in mid-January and is experiencing very mild symptoms, he added.
"We are doing bi-weekly testing to rule out any other active cases — and have had three rounds of testing completed now with no other positive test results," Hazlett said.
Hazlett also said the rehab center is working on appropriate infection control measures and screening with both the county and state.
"We actually have really high vaccination rates; we're at 87% for staff that are vaccinated and at 93% for our residents," Hazlett said. He added that the facility continues to do contract tracing and determined the two cases did not come from within the facility itself.
Hazlett wanted to reassure the families of its residents and said "we are doing everything we can to protect their loved ones as well as the staff and are taking all appropriate measures as well as really encouraging vaccination."
One prior outbreak at clothing retailer Studio Bernina in Lafayette was resolved with the state on Tuesday.
In an email, BCPH spokeswoman Angela Simental wrote, "There have been around eight outbreaks reported due to high school sports traveling and adolescent gatherings." Simental added some of these cases are now being closed after the 28-day window.
According to data Simental provided, two age groups with the largest increase include residents aged 0-9 and 10-18. Residents 9 years old and younger saw an increase of 131% in new cases, with 30 cases reported in the past week, and residents 10-17 saw a 70% increase in new cases, with 51 cases reported in the past week.
In an email Thursday, BCPH spokesperson Mike Stratton stated the county has seen 32 reinfection cases. He stated the reinfection cases are patients between 10 years old and 60, and that six of those are affiliated with long-term care facilities.
Stratton said data about the 32 reinfections in terms of variant and individual vaccination status is not available, partly due to the fact many testing sites do not have the capability to test for multiple COVID-19 mutations. He also said data about municipality, gender and ethnicity cannot be provided due to privacy concerns.
Stratton said that according to BCPH Medical Officer Dr. Chris Urbina, natural immunity, which is immunity after a resident recovers from coronavirus, lasts approximately 90 days. However, some studies are saying that the more severe infection, the longer the immunity can last.
In regard to the length of vaccine immunity, Stratton wrote, there is only one study available regarding an mRNA vaccine, which preliminary data indicates vaccine immunity lasts for six months. He noted that since the vaccine has been available since late last year, it's the longest epidemiologists and researches can say vaccine immunity lasts as studies are still ongoing.
In an email a CDPHE spokesperson gave additional information regarding the two Boulder County residents who recently tested positive for the P.1 variant.
"The individuals first tested positive in mid-March, but it took time to genome sequence their samples," a CDPHE spokesperson wrote. The CDPHE spokesperson added, "one of our national lab partners discovered Colorado's P.1 cases and the CDC notified us of that finding on April 5."
The spokesperson, who would not give their name, stated that since September, the state lab has been conducting genome sequencing on about 5% of all positive cases in Colorado, and that the lab saw the emergence of variants beginning in January. The spokesperson also said the state is working to increase the percentage of genome sequencing soon.
CDPHE also said its investigation with the two residents who tested positive for the P.1 variant is still ongoing and advises others who know they might have been in contact with those individuals to seek testing and isolation.
The 94 new cases reported Thursday bring the county's total cases to 21,398, and the four new hospitalizations bring the county's total to 738, with 19 residents currently hospitalized with coronavirus. Seven residents were discharged Thursday after receiving COVID-19 treatment. The number of resident deaths remained at 250 for the 28th day.
The University of Colorado Boulder updated its dashboard Thursday. During testing on Wednesday, there were nine positive test results from 141 diagnostic tests and 1,367 monitoring tests. The dashboard showed 21 of the university's isolation spaces were in use, which is 4% of the reserved space for quarantines. Since the start of spring testing Jan. 4, there have been 627 positives from 9,638 diagnostic tests and 82,206 monitoring tests.
The Boulder Valley School District updated its dashboard Thursday. The district reported 37 active cases with 520 students and nine staff members in quarantine.
On its dashboard Thursday, the St. Vrain Valley School District reported 61 active cases, all of them students. The district has seen a cumulative 838 student cases and 247 staff cases.
Statewide, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported there have been 474,053 cases. A total of 6,294 deaths have occurred because of COVID-19. The state reported 6,143 deaths among cases. To date, 26,131 people have required hospitalization. Of Colorado's more than 5.7 million population, there have been 2,774,396 people tested.
Vaccines administered in Boulder County
* 58,782 received a partial dose (includes Modern and Pfizer vaccines only)
* 72,458 received full vaccine (includes new Johnson & Johnson 1 dose shot)
* 131,240 received at least one dose
*Updated by the county on Mondays and Thursdays, and live every other Wednesday during the virtual BCPH COVID-19 community meetings.
Boulder Valley School District active cases and quarantines
BVSD elementary schools
* Eldorado PK-8: 3 cases; 65 students quarantined
* Emerald: 4 cases; 9 students quarantined
* Flatirons: 1 case; 16 students quarantined
* Lafayette: 1 case; 22 students quarantined
* Monarch PK-8: 2 cases; 46 students quarantined
* Superior: 1 case; 29 students quarantined
* University Hill: 1 case; 11 students and 3 staff members quarantined
* Whittier: 1 case; 24 students quarantined
BVSD middle schools
* Angevine: 1 case; 4 students quarantined
* Casey: 2 cases; 27 students and 2 staff members quarantined
* Louisville: 1 case; 14 students quarantined
BVSD high schools
* Boulder: 3 cases; 52 students quarantined
* Broomfield: 1 case; 7 students quarantined
* Centaurus: 3 cases; 24 students quarantined
* Fairview: 4 cases; 57 students and 1 staff member quarantined
* Monarch: 4 cases; 80 students and 2 staff members quarantined
* Centaurus High v. Boulder Tech: 1 case; 5 students quarantined
BVSD other departments/campuses
* Manhattan School of Arts Boulder: 2 cases; 14 students quarantined
* Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center: 1 case; 14 students and 1 staff member quarantined
*Cases listed include all active cases and do not necessarily represent cases newly determined at time of publication.
St. Vrain Valley School District active cases
SVVSD elementary schools
* Black Rock: 4 student cases
* Eagle Crest: 2 student cases
* Erie: 2 student cases
* Longmont Estates: 1 student case
* Prairie Ridge: 2 student cases
* Red Hawk: 1 student case
* Soaring Heights PK-8: 7 student cases
* Thunder Valley PK-8: 2 student cases
* Timberline PK-8: 1 student case
SVVSD middle schools
* Altona: 1 student case
* Erie: 6 student cases
* Mead: 2 student cases
* Westview: 1 student case
SVVSD high schools
* Erie: 10 student cases
* Longmont: 1 student case
* Mead: 5 student cases
* Silver Creek: 8 student cases
* Skyline: 3 student cases
SVVSD other departments
* LaunchED Virtual Academy: 2 student cases
*SVVSD only updates active quarantines on Fridays. Cases listed include all active cases and do not necessarily represent cases newly determined at time of publication.