The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 778 outbreaks as of Wednesday afternoon, about 9% fewer than at the same time last week. The largest declines were recorded in offices and restaurants (both down 17) and retail (down 12).
The state defines an outbreak as two or more cases related to the same location or event. An outbreak is not considered over until four weeks have passed without a new case.
Schools remained the most frequent site of outbreaks, with 257 – the same number as last week.The number of outbreaks in assisted living facilities rose by eight, wiping out much of the progress made last week, where they fell by 11. The rebound was less dramatic in nursing homes, which have seen four more outbreaks this past. week after registering 14 fewer last week. .
Although the increases are relatively small, outbreaks in long-term care facilities are of greater concern than in other facilities, as older people are more vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19.
Outbreaks currently active in long-term care facilities have infected 232 residents and 472 staff. Five residents and one staff member died.