Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates

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DENVER (KDVR) — The cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, are growing in Colorado. As the state responds to the global pandemic, we are posting the latest updates – both local and important national stories – in this live blog.

Monday, June 1

2:05 p.m.: Bolder Boulder canceled

The 2020 Bolder Boulder, which had already been postponed from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has been canceled.

“We have been keeping closely attuned to all the latest information from local and state health officials, and having regular discussions with our partners – CU Boulder and the City of Boulder – as well as our sponsors. After consultation, we are all in agreement and we determined that bringing together tens of thousands of people could be a risk to the community,” said Cliff Bosley, the race director, in a statement.

The next Bolder Boulder will take place Memorial Day (May 31) 2021.

Sunday, May 31

6 p.m. New COVID-19 data from the state

There have been 26,378 COVID-19 cases reported to the state, with 183,947 people being tested for the virus.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 60 Colorado counties.

There have been 4,347 people hospitalized in Colorado because of the virus.

Outbreaks have been reported at 281 facilities.

There have been 1,445 deaths among people who had COVID-19, and 1,181 deaths due to the virus.

Saturday, May 30

4:23 p.m. New COVID-19 data from the state.

The state released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The CDPHE says there have been 26,098 positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

There have been 1,443 deaths among people with COVID-19, with 1,181 deaths occurring due to COVID-19, which is the same number reported on Friday.

So far, the state has tested 178,196 for the virus.

There have been 4,333 hospitalizations because of the virus, with 321 people currently being hospitalized.

Outbreaks have occurred at 280 facilities.

There have been cases in 60 of Colorado’s counties.

Friday, May 29

5:51 p.m.: Commerce City allows restaurants to expand dining to outdoor spaces

Commerce City has adopted a new ordinance to allow restaurants and similar businesses to expand their dining areas to outdoor spaces effective immediately.

Restaurants are temporarily allowed to:

  •  Use a portion of adjacent private property zoned commercial or industrial (to include landscaped or parking areas) for outdoor service areas (with permission of the property owner).
  • Use adjacent public property or right-of-way for outdoor services with a separate easement or license granted by the permit manager.
  • Cross public sidewalks to deliver food or beverages to the outdoor service area without a separate easement or license so long as doing so does not interfere with public activities, utilities or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Serve alcohol in the outdoor service area with an approved temporary modification to the liquor license.
  • Use tents in compliance with the fire code and city building codes.

Outdoor service areas can be established immediately but restaurants will need to apply for a temporary outdoor service permit by July 1, 2020 to continue the outdoor service. The permit application form will be available by mid-June and permits will be valid through October 31, 2020.

4:58 p.m.: Aurora Municipal Court reopening following COVID-19 closure

The Aurora Municipal Court will reopen to the public June 1 with the following requirements and restrictions in place:

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • Only people with docketed matter, scheduled appointments, making payments or needing to clear a warrant will be allowed into the courthouse
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Every visitor’s temperature will be checked with a “touchless” thermometer upon entering.

4:11 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,436 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 15 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,181 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 23.

There are 25,613 cases statewide and 4,307 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 321 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 173,300 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 277 facilities.

3:04 p.m.: CSU proposes tuition freeze

Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell is proposing a freeze on tuition for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposal is pending approval by the university’s Board of Governors.

CSU also announced that while the school year will start as scheduled on Aug. 24, it will shift to remote learning after fall break.

Therefore, the final two weeks of classes and finals will be delivered virtually.

“The health of our community is our top priority,” McConnell said in a statement. “The public health experts on our own team and across the country are united in urging people to limit travel to contain the spread of COVID-19. In light of this guidance, it would be irresponsible to ask our community members to return to campus after traveling for Fall Break. Instead, I’ve asked our academic team to work with all of our extraordinary faculty to prepare to deliver their course material virtually to wrap up the semester.”

Thursday, May 28

10:53 p.m.: Denver Center cancels 2020-2021 season

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced the cancellation of its 2020-2021 Theatre Company season.

The DCPA says it had already postponed or canceled 25 shows since March.

More information on the DCPA’s response to the pandemic can be found on its website.

4:23 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,421 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Wednesday, an increase of 29 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,168 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 23.

There are 25,121 cases statewide and 4,254 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 335 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 166,596 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 272 facilities.

3:10 p.m.: UCHealth offering antibody tests to anyone who wants one

UCHealth announced it is now offering antibody tests to anyone in Colorado.

While nasal swab tests can determine if someone is currently sick with the virus, antibody tests are done through a blood draw and can determine if someone has been exposed to or sickened by COVID-19.

“Many people have been interested in getting antibody tested because they want to know if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they want to know if they are possibly immune to COVID-19. Unfortunately, for now, the only thing we can tell you is that if you have antibodies, you have been exposed to COVID-19. We cannot tell you yet whether you are immune to it,” said Richard Zane, M.D., UCHealth’s chief innovation officer. He is also the professor and chair of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Tests can be ordered through UCHealth doctors or online.

UCHealth is charging $100 for an antibody test and $85 for a nasal swab test.

“While most health insurance plans will cover the cost of testing, patients are encouraged to check with their insurance company for coverage details,” UCHealth said in a statement.

10:14 a.m.: Gov. Polis to Provide Update on COVID-19

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m Thursday.

11:20 p.m.: President Trump extends National Guard for COVID-19 fight

President Trump: The men and women of the National Guard have been doing a great job fighting the CoronaVirus. This week, I will extend their Title 32 orders through mid-August, so they can continue to help States succeed in their response and recovery efforts.

Wednesday, May 27

8:40 p.m.: Restaurant association starts list of reopened establishments

The Colorado Restaurant Association has started a statewide list of restaurants that have reopened or are reopening soon.

Visit the CRA’s website to see the list.

Restaurant owners can add their establishment to the list by filling out an online form.

4:35 p.m.: CDPHE releases new outbreak data

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new information about COVID-19 outbreaks statewide.

As of Wednesday, outbreaks have been reported at 270 facilities.

The largest outbreak is at Sterling Correctional Center, where 529 inmates and 22 staff members have tested positive. Two inmates have died.

Another large outbreak is at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, where 273 workers have confirmed cases of the virus. Six workers at the plant have died. Additionally, there are five confirmed cases at JBS’ corporate offices. One corporate employee has died.

Three deaths have been reported at Cargill’s plant in Fort Morgan. The facility has 84 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

4:16 p.m.: New coronavirus data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,392 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Tuesday, an increase of 40 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,135 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 23.

There are 24,797 cases statewide and 4,196 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 362 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 160,796 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 270 facilities.

4:04 p.m.: A Taste of Colorado canceled

A Taste of Colorado, which typically takes place Labor Day weekend in downtown Denver, has been canceled.

Organizers of the event say it will not be rescheduled.

2:45 p.m.: Arvada to begin reopening public buildings June 1

Arvada will start to reopen public facilities on June 1.

The city is taking a phased approach “to allow all team members to be trained in safety requirements and to ensure all necessary materials and equipment to adjust facilities to accommodate physical distancing can be acquired and applied.”

Some buildings, such as police department substations and municipal courts, have already reopened. However, the city said most services will continue to be provided remotely.

More information about when Arvada facilities open can be found on the city’s website.

Tuesday, May 26

8:36 p.m.: Colorado School of Public Health: Social distancing measures could last until end of year

Colorado can expect to have some form of social distancing restrictions in place until the end of the year, according to the Colorado School of Public Health.

The CSPH devises the models the state is using to determine the impact of Safer at Home measures.

The school’s Dean, Dr. Jonathan Samet, said it’s impossible to know the exact length of time the measures will be in place.

“It’s clear we will need to use, in the end, all the measures we have available. The models for now say we are in this for the longer run,” said Samet.

4:28 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,352 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Monday, an increase of 19 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,114 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 23.

There are 24,565 cases statewide and 4,160 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 367 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 157,036 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 267 facilities.

3:58 p.m.: 2021 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships canceled

The 2021 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have been canceled. They were scheduled to take place March 1-6, 2021 in Vail.

“This was a difficult call to make since we’re so many months away from the next Burton U.S. Open, and we’re not sure what will be happening with the pandemic nine months from now,” John Lacy, Burton’s CEO, said in a written statement. “After playing out multiple options for the 2021 event, we realized there is too much at stake due to the potential public health risk and the financial risk for Burton to invest millions in an event that could end up being cancelled.”

3:49 p.m.: Denver Greek Festival canceled

The Denver Greek Festival has been canceled, organizers announced. It was scheduled to take place June 26-28.

The festival had been taking place for 54 years.

“Every year, parishioners gather to handmake over 95 percent of the food while the event itself attracts crowds of over 30,000 individuals. Given the social distancing guidelines that are currently in place, this simply isn’t possible to do so safely. In an effort to give the community a taste of Greece this summer, we hope to host virtual Greek Festival events such as online cooking demonstrations, dancing, choir performances, and Greek language lessons. Please visit and follow the Denver Greek Festival Facebook page for additional details and to be notified of these upcoming events,” organizers said in a press release.

10:55 a.m.: Rocky Mountain National Park phased reopening begins May 27

In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Rocky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening on May 27, with limited services including basic park road and trail access.  Visitor centers will remain closed.  Many outlying areas will reopen, however the Wild Basin area will remain closed to all public access during this initial phase.

10:05 a.m.: CU-Boulder announces flexible fall semester amid coronavirus pandemic

The University of Colorado Boulder announced Tuesday that classes will begin on time in the fall but there will be a flexible semester, where a portion will take place on campus and online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, May 25

6 p.m.: Cafe files lawsuit against CDPHE, Tri-County Health

The owners of a Castle Rock cafe have filed a lawsuit against the state, the CDPHE and Tri-County Health.

4 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from the state

The state released new data for COVID-19 in Colorado.

There have been 24,269 cases reported to the state. Cases have been reported in 60 of 64 Colorado’s counties.

The CDPHE says the state has seen 4,128 hospitalizations because of the virus. Currently, there are 397 patients hospitalized.

Outbreaks have been reported at 266 facilities.

The state says 153,683 people have been tested for the virus.

There have been 1,333 deaths among people who tested positive for COVID-19, up one from the day before. There have been 1,088 deaths due to COVID-19.

3 p.m.: Denver to align with state’s guidelines for reopening restaurants

The City and County of Denver will assume the same guidelines laid out for the state by Governor Jared Polis on Monday.

The state’s guideline for reopening restaurants on Wednesday, May 27, limits the maximum capacity to 50 people for indoor seating with a limit to eight or less in a party. Parties must be spaced at least six feet apart from each other and patrons must keep a six-foot distance between other patrons outside their party.

12:15 p.m.: Governor Polis Issues Guidance for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping 

Beginning on May 27, restaurants will be able to open for in-person dining at 50% capacity of the indoor posted occupancy code limit, but they can not exceed 50 people, whichever is less. They are also encouraged to provide as much outdoor services as possible. Bars will remain closed. Establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June. Read the full restaurant guidance here

Children’s day camps and youth sports camps will open on Monday, June 1, 2020. Residential overnight camps will be closed in June. Decisions for July and August overnight camps will be made in mid-June. Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps must work with the Colorado Department of Human Services and their local public health agency (LPHA) for approval. Day camps, including mobile, youth sports camps, and outdoor camps, must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as specified in the guidance

Sunday, May 24

4:30 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from the state

The state released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The state says there have been 24,174 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado, with 4,119 hospitalizations.

There have been 1,332 deaths among people with COVID-19, and 1,088 deaths due to COVID-19.

No information was released today about current hospitalizations in Colorado.

4:15 p.m.: Another King Soopers employee dies of COVID-19

James McKay, a UFCW Local 7 union member, has died of COVID-19. McKay was 75-years-old and a courtesy clerk who started at King Soopers in 2006.  

The Union says that there have been 70 King Soopers/Kroger employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and three COVID-19 releated deaths.

McKay worked at the King Soopers in Capitol Hill. He is the second employee at this location to have died from COVID-19.

3 p.m.: New guidance for restaurants, food services

The The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new guidelines for restaurants and food services on Sunday.

Indoor and outdoor dine-in services will be able to resume in the near future. Gov. Polis and the state have not released the timeline just yet.

The CDPHE notes that other kinds of establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June.

Saturday, May 23

4 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from the state

New COVID-19 data was released from the state.

A total of 23,964 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state of Colorado and 147,744 people have been tested so far.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,327 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Friday, an increase of two from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,088 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There have been 4,105 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, with 426 people currently being hospitalized.

3:15 p.m.: Eagle County will allow dine-in service at restaurants and bars as of May 25

Eagle County will move to the “Blue Phase” as of May 25.

Eagle County will now be able to host gatherings of up to 50 people. Six feet of distance will still be required between non-household members.

The county will also allow dine-in service at restaurants and bars at a reduced capacity, with social distancing protocols in place.

For more information on the “Blue Phase,” click here.

Friday, May 22

9:08 p.m.: Governor’s office says restaurants could reopen ‘as soon as next week’

Gov. Jared Polis’ office issued a statement saying restaurants could reopen as soon as next week.

The full statement is below:

“Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we hold dear not for political gamesmanship.  No one wants to ensure the economy bounces back stronger than before more than the Governor which is why the state released draft information related to opening restaurants last Monday based on the best available data and practices to inspire customer confidence and protect our health.  The Governor has heard from over 2,000 restaurants through public comments that improve the prospects for restaurants across the state as he works to finalize how restaurants can safely open as soon as next week.“

8:21 p.m.: Jeffco Public Schools releases tentative plans for fall, seeks feedback

Jeffco Public Schools launched a website with potential plans for how classes will resume in the fall.

Dubbed “Restart Jeffco,” the website lists several scenarios for the upcoming school year.

The district is also seeking feedback from families. Comments can be submitted online.

4:51 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,324 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 14 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,088 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There are 23,487 cases statewide and 4,082 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 444 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 142,667 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 260 facilities.

4:28 p.m.: New drive-thru testing sites in Weld County

Weld County will soon hold several drive-thru COVID-19 testing events. The goal is to have 10% of the county’s population collectively tested by July 18.

People with symptoms and asymptomatic people who have spent time close to others with symptoms are eligible.

The test sites are as follows. Each site will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the specified dates:

  • June 1 in Fort Lupton at the Southeast County Services Complex, located at 2950 9th St.
    Registration is open from May 25 – May 31.
  • June 3 in Briggsdale at Briggsdale School, located at 515 Leslie St.
    Registration is open from May 27- June 2.
  • June 5 in Severance at Severance High School, located at 1200 Hidden Valley Pkwy.
    Registration is open from May 29-June 4.
  • June 8 in Firestone at the Southwest County Services Complex, located at 4209 Weld County Road 24 ½. Registration is open from June 1- June 7.

Registration opens seven days prior to each event and can be completed by visiting the Weld County health department’s website.

“These events in June reflect the first time since the beginning of the pandemic Weld County has obtained enough test kits to test the general population,” the county said in a written statement.

1 p.m.: Trump declares churches ‘essential’

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

10:05 a.m.: Louisville Street Faire canceled

The Downtown Business Association (DBA) of Louisville and the City of Louisville regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Louisville Street Faire.

While there has not yet been specific guidance issued by the State of Colorado and the Boulder County Health Department, the City has notified the DBA that that the City will not be able to permit special events involving large groups for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19

10:03 a.m.: 2020 Arapahoe County Fair has been canceled

After weighing all economic and public health and safety considerations, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has decided to cancel the 2020 Arapahoe County Fair that had been scheduled for late-July.

The County is finalizing details of hosting a limited 4-H competition and conducting a virtual junior livestock auction. The Arapahoe County Fair is one of many events across Colorado that have been canceled, postponed or moved to virtual settings in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Thursday, May 21

8:34 p.m.: Major Denver USPS facility defies orders to close

The City and County of Denver ordered the closure of a large United States Postal Service distribution center.

The facility is located at 7550 E. 53rd Pl. in northeast Denver and handles mail for all of Colorado and Wyoming, which have a combined population of about 6.5 million people.

According to the city, the state of Colorado has reported “multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases” among employees at the facility. The city did not disclose how many confirmed cases there are at the distribution center. FOX31 and Channel 2 have reached out to the city for those details.

However, USPS said the facility would not close.

“The Denver Distribution Center remains open as we sort 10 million pieces of mail a day for every person in CO and WY including medications, stimulus checks, and election materials. We are meeting all CDC and federal guidelines for COVID-19. USPS is an Essential Service,” it said via Twitter.

7:50 p.m.: Pepsi Center test site to open Friday

A free, drive-up COVID-19 test site will open at the Pepsi Center on Friday morning at 8 o’clock.

It will continue to operate daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

The city says the site will be able to test at least 500 people daily.

4:21 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,310 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Wednesday, an increase of 11 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,062 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There are 23,191 cases statewide and 4,037 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 445 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 139,937 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 256 facilities.

10 a.m.: Great American Beer Fest will be held online in October

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is adjusting its event due COVID-19 and will be held online in October instead of at the Colorado Convention Center in September.

Wednesday, May 20

4:32 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,299 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Tuesday, an increase of 42 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 1,001 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There are 22,797 cases statewide and 3,990 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 466 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 135,611 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 249 facilities.

3:25 p.m.: Cherry Creek State Park beach closed

The Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park is closed and will remain closed through at least May 28.

The park said the closure is due to “people continuously violating the social distance order.”

The Smoky Hill parking lot will also be closed.

2:46 p.m.: Gov. Polis and Mayor Hancock to announce large-scale COVID-19 drive-up testing facility

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Governor Jared Polis, city leaders and regional partners will provide an update on Denver’s new free, drive-up COVID-19 testing site on Thursday from the Pepsi Center at 2 p.m. via press conference. 

2:24 p.m.: Boulder closes portion of Boulder Creek

The City of Boulder has closed a portion of Boulder Creek after video showed hundreds of people packed along its banks earlier this week.

The closure is in the Eben G. Fine Park area. The park itself will remain open.

“This closure is intended to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 in an area shown as conducive to social gathering and large groups exceeding current Safer at Home orders,” the city said in a statement.

The closure will be monitored by police.

According to the City, Boulder police issued 66 citations at the park between April 29 and May 19 “when education was ineffective.”

A map of the closure is below:

10 a.m.: Gov. Polis provides Wednesday update on coronavirus in Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis will hold a news conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. on COVID-19 in Colorado. We will stream it on FOX31, here and on the FOX31 Facebook page.

Watch the full press conference, in case you missed it.

Tuesday, May 19

9:51 p.m.: Drive-in theaters cleared to reopen

On Monday, the Colorado Joint information Center created confusion and frustration among drive-in movie theatre owners when it issued a statement saying drive-in theaters must remain closed under Gov. Jared Polis’ Safer at Home order.

On Tuesday, the state clarified that drive-ins are OK to reopen.

“The governor just asked us to clarify in the order that Drive Ins are okay,” Jill Hunsaker Ryan, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, wrote in an email to Tri-County Health Department administrators.

6:50 p.m. State seeks feedback on draft of guidelines for reopening restaurants

State officials are seeking feedback about how to ease restrictions on restaurants and resume dine-in services.

On Tuesday, the state released a draft of guidelines and it will be collecting feedback from stakeholders until Friday.

On May 25, the state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level.

“This date does not reflect when restaurants may or may not open,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said of May 25.

The draft is not binding and is subject to change.

4:35 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,257 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Monday, an increase of nine from the day prior. Of those deaths, 968 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There are 22,482 cases statewide and 3,955 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 463 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 131,837 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 240 facilities.

11:10 a.m.: Denver to Waive Penalty for Late Payment of April Sales, OPT, and Seat Taxes

The City and County of Denver will continue to waive the 15% penalty for late payment for sales and use, occupational privilege, and seat (facility development admissions) taxes. April taxes are due May 20, 2020. Businesses must still file their return and remit the tax funds within 30 days of the due date.

Monday, May 18

8:25 p.m.: South Denver post office remains open after receiving order to close

A post office near the University of Denver has remained open despite receiving orders to close.

The University Park post office is located at 3800 Buchtel Blvd. S.

The City and County of Denver ordered it to close for not following public health guidelines.

James Boxrud, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service in the West, issued the following statement, in part:

“The Postal Service is a federal agency providing essential services to the Denver community. The University Park Station is federally owned and operated and is committed to all federal and CDC directives and safeguards in regards to COVID-19 protection.  While we appreciate the work that Denver Public Health and other agencies are doing surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, we disagree with the Public Health order. We are working with the city on the inaccurate citations and have provided all the necessary documentation.”

Boxrud said the USPS has taken a number of steps to ensure social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus.

4:30 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from state health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,224 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Sunday, an increase of nine from the day prior. Of those deaths, 921 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 16.

There are 22,202 cases statewide and 3,899 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 460 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 129,159 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 228 facilities.

11:45 a.m.: 11 COVID-19 cases at King Soopers store which had employee death

King Soopers says 11 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at its store in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

That is the same location which had one employee die from the disease, the company confirmed Monday.

10:45 a.m.: Anyone from Colorado with COVID-19 symptoms can get tested

Gov. Polis announced Monday that there are now enough tests for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in Colorado to get tested.

6:15 a.m.: Macy’s welcomes customers in-store beginning May 18 in the Denver area

Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Denver area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering contact-free curbside pick-up. 

Sunday, May 17

10 p.m.: An eighth employee from the JBS facility has died from COVID-19

UFCW Local 7 released this statement:

 “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of another fallen hero, Tin Aye, making this the eighth known death at the JBS Greeley plant. Ms. Aye had been employed at the JBS facility for over a decade and was beloved by her family, colleagues and community. She became a grandmother on March 28th, when her daughter had to have an emergency C-Section after contracting COVID-19 from Ms. Aye. On March 29th, Ms. Aye was sent to the hospital and put on a ventilator, never to get off of it. Her son is a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines and currently deployed.”

9:30 p.m.: Employee at Denver King Soopers dies from COVID-19

An employee who worked at the King Soopers at 1155 E. 9th Ave. in Denver passed away due to COVID-19.

4:10 p.m.: New COVID-19 data for Colorado

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,215 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Saturday, an increase of 23 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 878 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 9.

There are 21,938 cases statewide and 3,872 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 486 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 126,330 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 223 facilities.

12:44 p.m. Gov. Polis signs executive order in response to COVID-19

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order authorizing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to reallocate existing funds from contracts with local public health agencies to COVID-19 response activities.

This will provide local public health agencies more flexibility to use certain funds provided by the State to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Polis also authorized CDPHE to redirect certain State funds to behavioral research designed to inform COVID-19 recommendations and educational campaigns focused on minority and traditionally disadvantaged communities.

12:01 p.m.: Gov. Polis says many schools may be open in fall

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says he expects to see many K-12 public schools open this fall in his state and elsewhere despite the coronavirus threat, though “it’s not going to look like any other school year.”

Saturday, May 16

4 p.m.: State health officials release new COVID-19 data

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,192 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 42 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 878 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 9.

There are 21,633 cases statewide and 3,866 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 517 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 123,422 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 222 facilities.

12:53 p.m.: UCHealth has special sendoff for patient recovered of coronavirus

A special sendoff celebration for a 48-year-old COVID-19 survivor at UCHealth Greeley Hospital who hadn’t seen her family in person for 42 days took place this week. 

Denise Holscher of Greeley is a wife and mother who has worked as a licensed practical nurse for 27 years. When she fell ill in late March, she had been working at a local nursing home. 

Friday, May 15

7:48 p.m.: State health officials provide new data, categorize deaths in 2 groups

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,150 deaths among positive cases had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 59 from the day prior. Of those deaths, 878 are from COVID-19. However, the latter deaths only reflect data collected through May 9.

The CDPHE said that to date, “data dashboard included deaths among all people who had COVID-19 at the time of death. This included deaths caused by COVID-19 and deaths among people who had COVID-19 at the time of death, but the cause or causes may not have been attributed to COVID-19 on the death certificate. This is the standard way states report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

“We understand it is confusing that there are different systems and ways of counting deaths. It’s important to understand the difference between the official cause of death and the list of deaths among COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, through a statement.

Additionally, the state “emphasized that it does not unilaterally change information on death certificates and does not question or try to change a physician’s diagnosis or causes-of-death determination.”

There are 21,232 cases statewide and 3,842 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 497 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 119,759 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 213 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

5:47 p.m.: Denver to resume parking enforcement June 1

The City and County of Denver announced it will resume some parking enforcement activities on June 1.

A full list of when and where enforcement will resume can be found here.

10:30 a.m.: Update from Gov. Polis on COVID-19 in Colorado at 1:30 p.m.

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, May 14

10:45 p.m.: Team of contact tracers now working every day in Denver

Nearly 100 City and County of Denver employees now have a new job: tracking the spread of coronavirus and advising people to isolate.

“It’s about getting ahead of the spread of the virus, identifying potential cases, isolating individuals before the virus can spread further, and help avoid another community-wide shut-down,” said Mayor Michael Hancock.

A spokesperson for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment says the Denver Police Department has offered 100 people to help in the effort. Half of these employees are officers; the other half are civilians. DPD is working with the health department to see how they can use civilians with case investigation as well. 

Between 24 and 48 contact tracers will be working every day, depending on the demand, according to DDPHE. The plan does not currently call for more than 100 contact tracers.

4:32 p.m.: Belmar shops to begin reopening Friday

Shops in Belmar will begin reopening Friday morning, the Lakewood shopping district announced.

Stores will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“To support the well-being of the Lakewood community, Belmar will continue to follow city, county, state, and national health mandates and will have preventative measures in place to ensure a clean, safe and comfortable environment for its shoppers and guests,” the district said in a statement.

4:12 p.m.: New data from public health officials

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,091 deaths had been reported to the state as of Wednesday, an increase of 29 from the day prior.

There are 20,838 cases statewide and 3,789 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 514 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 115,966 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 208 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

4:02 p.m.: Gov. Polis signs order concerning open burning

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order that provides boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning. This will reduce the risk of fire and enable firefighters and other first responders to participate in COVID-19 response efforts throughout the State.

4 p.m.: City of Wheat Ridge updates closure information

Closures will continue for the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, the Active Adult Center, the Anderson Building, playgrounds, and historic park buildings.

The Anderson Pool will not open Memorial Day weekend. A decision about whether to open later in the summer will be made in late May.

Wheat Ridge parks and trails remain open with the following restrictions:

  • Playgrounds, basketball courts, the skate park, pavilions/picnic shelters, are closed
  • Tennis Courts have reopened for singles play only (max. 2 people per court)
  • Clear Creek is closed to all water activities including gold panning per the City Emergency Manager
  • Fruitdale Park dog park is open and parks staff are frequently disinfecting the gates and other surfaces at the park. Otherwise dogs MUST be leashed on trails and in parks.

3:19 p.m.: Air Care Colorado resumes emissions testing Friday, May 15

Vehicle emissions testing will resume at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at 10 Air Care Colorado emissions inspection stations:

  • Arvada – 5185 Marshall St., Arvada, CO, 80002 
  • Boulder – 5655 Airport Blvd., Boulder, CO, 80301  
  • Broomfield – 11609 Teller St., Broomfield, CO, 80020 
  • County Line – 8494 S. Colorado Blvd., Littleton, CO, 80126 
  • Denver Southeast – 10190 E. Warren Ave., Denver, CO, 80231 
  • Ft. Collins – 835 SE Frontage Rd., Ft. Collins, CO, 80524 
  • Greeley – 2844 W. 30th St., Greeley, CO, 80631 
  • Northglenn – 1950 E/ 112th Ave., Northglenn, CO, 80233 
  • Sheridan – 2802 W. Mansfield Ave., Sheridan, CO, 80110 
  • Stapleton  – 12042 E. 30th Ave., Aurora, CO, 80010 

10:04 a.m.: 2020 Denver HAMILTON engagement postponed

The August 12-October 4 engagement of HAMILTON at The Buell Theatre has been postponed due to the continuing impact of COVID-19 and restrictions around large gatherings in enclosed public venues.

Wednesday, May 13

8:27 p.m.: State distributes shipment of experimental anti-viral treatment

The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center announced the Colorado State Unified Command Group has received its first shipment of remdesivir, an experimental anti-viral treatment, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The UCG received enough doses of the drug to treat approximately 100 patients, and began distributing the drug this week to eight hospital systems that serve Coloradans across the state,” the SEOC said in a statement.

A clinical trial suggested remdesivir helped hospitalized COVID-19 patients recover faster. A number of other clinical trials are currently underway.

The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the drug. According to the SEOC, Gilead — the producer of the drug — is committed to supplying enough remdesivir over the next six weeks to treat about 78,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients nationwide.

4:36 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from CDPHE

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,062 deaths had been reported to the state as of Tuesday, an increase of 53 from the day prior.

There are 20,475 cases statewide and 3,735 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 522 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 112,505 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 206 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:08 p.m.: Jumps in cases at Colorado hotspots

The number of COVID-19 cases has jumped at several hotspots in the state, according to new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The JBS meat plant in Greeley now has 316 cases, up from 280. Six deaths have been reported at the plant.

An additional five cases and one death have been reported at JBS’ corporate offices.

The Sterling Correctional Facility has 440 confirmed cases among inmates and 16 cases among employees. Two inmates at the prison have died from the virus.

Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora has 67 confirmed cases and 26 confirmed deaths among residents. It also has 36 confirmed cases among employees.

7:30 a.m.: Paul Manafort released from prison due to coronavirus concerns

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released from prison Wednesday following a request by his lawyers due to the coronavirus pandemic, his attorney Kevin Downing said.Downing said Manafort will serve the rest of his term in home confinement after serving about a third of his sentence at a federal prison in Western Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, May 12

4:08 p.m.: More than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths reported in Colorado

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 1,009 deaths had been reported to the state as of Monday, an increase of 22 from the day prior.

There are 20,157 cases statewide and 3,695 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 563 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 109,304 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 199 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:36 p.m.: Rocky Mountain National Park to begin opening May 27

Rocky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening on May 27.

Wilderness camping permits will be issued beginning May 27 through the fall.

Shuttle bus operations along the Bear Lake corridor will start May 27 as well. Capacity will be limited to 15 passengers per trip.

“It is unknown at this time whether the Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will be operating this summer,” RMNP said in a press release.

Parts of the Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds will open on June 4. Roughly half of campsites will be available.

All other campgrounds will remain closed.

“Park staff are still determining the feasibility and timing of park visitor center operations as well as other services,” RMNP said.

10:15 a.m.: Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19’s Significant Impact on Colorado Economy

General Fund revenue is expected to fall by 7.4 percent in fiscal year 2019-20 and by another 7.5 percent in FY 2020-21. The General Fund revenue forecast was revised down from the March forecast by a total of $3.4 billion through June 30, 2021, and by $5.5 billion over the forecast period through June 30, 2022, according to a release from Governor Polis’ office Tuesday morning.

Monday, May 11

8:16 p.m.: No mask mandate in Aurora

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said there will be no mandate for wearing masks in the city. He said he initially planned to propose a 30-day requirement for face coverings inside grocery stores, but reconsidered the idea after speaking with the head of the Tri-County Health Department.

Neighboring Denver currently requires face coverings to be worn in most public spaces.

4:10 p.m.: State updates COVID-19 data

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 987 deaths had been reported to the state as of Sunday, an increase of 16 from the day prior.

There are 19,879 cases statewide and 3,663 people have been hospitalized. According to the state, 557 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

Cases have been reported in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 106,761 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 192 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:38 p.m.: New information on COVID-19 cases in Colorado prisons

The Colorado Department of Corrections published new data about COVID-19 cases and testing in its facilities.

The information is now available online and will be updated regularly.

As of today, Sterling Correctional Facility remains the prison with the biggest outbreak: there are 329 positive cases and 1,415 inmates have been tested. Two inmates have died from the virus.

9:41 a.m.: Gov. Polis to meet with Pres. Trump

According to a spokesperson in the governor’s office:

“Governor Polis is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Wednesday and will continue advocating for Colorado to receive more federal support during this global pandemic, including critical testing supplies and personal protective equipment. The Governor’s first priority is the health and safety of Coloradans, and the federal government is an important partner in Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Polis looks forward to a productive conversation.”

Sunday, May 10

4:30 p.m.: New COVID-19 data for Colorado

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The CDPHE says 971 deaths had been reported to the state as of Saturday, an increase of seven from the day prior.

There are 19,703 cases statewide and 3,631 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 104,077 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 190 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

10:24 a.m.: Public health expert warns coronavirus still has a long run

Washington (AP) — A public health expert says the new coronavirus still “has a long way to run” despite President Donald Trump’s claim last week that it will go away without a vaccine.

Dr. Tom Inglesby says it’s likely that only a small portion of the country has been infected, “so most of us are still susceptible to this virus.” Inglesby is the director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Saturday, May 9

4 p.m.: New COVID-19 data in Colorado

The state has released new data about COVID-19 in Colorado.

The CDPHE says 967 deaths had been reported to the state as of Friday, an increase of seven from the day prior.

There are 19,375 cases statewide and 3,623 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 100,610 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 188 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

Friday, May 8

8:23 p.m.: JeffCo jail has 17 positive cases

A total of 17 inmates at the Jefferson County Detention Facility have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says it is handling the situation based on guidelines from national and local public health officials.

“Any inmate who reports or shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested after being moved to an isolation module. Any inmate who may have been exposed to one of the positive or symptomatic inmates is screened by medical staff and provided appropriate medical attention or observation,” the sheriff’s office said in a written statement.

It said inmates and staff continue to wash hands frequently, wear masks and practice social distancing.

7:30 p.m.: Roy Horn dies of COVID-19 at 75

Well-known entertainer Roy Horn has died from COVID-19 at age 75, TMZ reports.

Horn was known as one half of the “Siegfried & Roy” magic and entertainment show in Las Vegas.

Siegfried Fischbacher issued the following statement:

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend. From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried,” adding, “Roy was a fighter his whole life, including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”

4:32 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 960 deaths had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 16 from the day prior.

There are 18,827 cases statewide and 3,600 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 96,772 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 178 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

4:05 p.m.: Jeffco Public Schools working on plans for in-person learning in August

Jeffco Public Schools says that like Denver Public Schools, it is working on a plan to have some form of in-person learning when the next school year begins in August.

“Complicating this goal is the necessity for putting in place a number of provisions to protect our students, staff, and community from COVID-19. Plans are still in development and changing almost daily, but it is safe to assume that the structure of how our schools operate in August will be different than what we had in place prior to COVID-19, and also different than the remote learning system we have in place now,” a Jeffco Public Schools spokesperson said via email.

The district says it will share more details about its plan and seek community feedback in the coming weeks.

2 p.m.: Commerce City cancels summer city-sponsored events

Commerce City announced on Friday that city-sponsored events will be canceled through August 4.

These events include:

  • Memorial Day Parade – May 25
  • Public Works Touch-A-Truck – June 4
  • Neighborhood Outreach – Fronterra Park – June 11
  • Police and Fire Open House – June 23
  • 4th Fest Family Festival – July 4 – Fireworks show is TBD
  • Cultural Council’s Music and Movies in the Park – July 9, 16, 23, 30
  • National Night Out – August 4

1:30 p.m.: Gov. Polis says restaurants/bars and campsites could open before Memorial Day weekend

In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Polis says that there is a possibility that restaurants and bars could open before Memorial Day weekend.

Polis says he will have a better idea of the timeline for reopening around May 22. He plans to review data at that time and determine whether or not the “Safer at Home” guidelines that were put in place at the end of April have been working.

Polis says that if the data supports reopening restaurants and bars, they will be able to do so by Memorial Day weekend.

Additionally, Polis says that he is “optimistic” that campsites will be able to open by Memorial Day weekend. He mentioned that some counties with higher cases may not be ready to open campsites by then, but is hoping those who can open safely will do so by the end of May.

8:00 a.m.: Governor Extends Disaster Emergency Declaration for COVID-19

Gov. Polis today signed Executive Order D 2020 058 extending the Disaster Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. 

This Executive Order extends the state of disaster emergency and provides additional funds for response activities due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colorado.  This Executive Order also extends the employment of the Colorado National Guard to support and provide planning resources to State and local authorities as they respond to the presence of COVID-19 in the State.  

6:40 a.m.: Record breaking unemployment numbers

Record 20.5 million American jobs lost in April. Unemployment rate soars to 14.7%

6:20 a.m.: Denver Public Schools plan to resume in-person classes/remote classes in the fall

Denver Public Schools announced it will reopen in August, but families should prepare for a combination of in-person and online learning.

DPS said it’s exploring a variety of options for next school year, including different scheduling plans. The district said varying students’ schedules would help maintain social distancing within buildings, conduct health screenings, clean facilities and school buses, and use masks.

Thursday, May 7

8:05 p.m.: Nordstrom permanently closing store at Flatiron Crossing

Nordstrom announced one of its three stores in the Denver metro area will not reopen.

The Nordstrom at Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield is among 16 stores nationwide that will be closing, the department store chain said.

The other Colorado Nordstrom locations are in Lone Tree and Cherry Creek.

There are also six Nordstrom Rack stores on the Front Range.

4:30 p.m.: Frontier to check employees’ and passengers’ temperatures

Frontier Airlines announced it will begin checking crew members’ and passengers’ temperatures before they board.

The screenings will begin June 1. They will be performed with “touchless” thermometers, Frontier said.

Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be denied boarding. If time allows, they will be able to rest and be given a second test. If that test is also at or above 100.4 degrees, the passenger will be told they cannot board due to health concerns.

“Frontier will work with that customer to rebook travel on a later date or otherwise accommodate the traveler’s preferences with respect to their reservation,” the airline said in a statement.

Airline employees will be screened at the beginning of their shift.

“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings
add an additional layer of protection for everyone onboard,” said Barry Biffle, Frontier Airlines CEO. “This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their wellbeing is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel
comfortably and safely.”

Frontier said it will not keep a record of workers’ and passengers’ temperatures.

Frontier previously announced that face masks would be required starting Friday.

4:11 p.m.: New data from CDPHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 944 deaths had been reported to the state as of Wednesday, an increase of 23 from the day prior.

There are 18,371 cases statewide and 3,557 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 92,267 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 178 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:30 p.m.: Boulder County urges residents to explore supports, benefits

The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services is urging residents to sign up for supports and benefits that are available to them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These benefits include food, financial and child care assistance, help with housing and rent, unemployment benefits and business loans and free or reduced-cost health insurance.

2:30 p.m.: Loveland requires facemasks

Face coverings will be required of all employees and visitors in businesses and most other establishments within the city of Loveland.

1:30 p.m.: Elbert County seeks partial waiver from CDPHE

The Elbert County Board of Health requested a partial waiver from the CDPHE on May 4 that could potentially adjust social distancing measures for the county.

This could include adjusting the sizes of public and private gatherings, protective measures that must be employed by businesses while operating, and employee and customer health condition screening and reporting.

9:00 a.m.: President Trump’s valet tests positive for COVID-19

One of President Trump’s personal valets has tested positive for the coronavirus

6:30 a.m.: Unemployment update

Nearly 3.2 million workers seek jobless aid, raising total layoffs since virus struck to 33 million.

Wednesday, May 6

8:30 p.m.: Tri-County Health receives email threatening “civil war”

The Greenwood Village Police Department is investigating after the Tri-County Health Department received an email threatening “civil war.”

Tri-County Health oversees Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

According to police, a receptionist with the health department received the email Tuesday afternoon. It said, “Tell the nine petty tyrants who want to keep locking most of Colorado down to F*** off.”

The email was likely referring to the nine members who make up the health department’s board.

Last month, Tri-County Health extended the stay-at-home order for Adams and Arapahoe counties through May 8, but allowed Douglas County to partially reopen on April 27.

4:44 p.m.: Road up Mount Evans will not open until at least early July

The road to the top of Mount Evans will not open until at least early July, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The road typically opens Memorial Day weekend.

CDOT said it would be difficult to practice social distancing at places like the summit, fee stations and the nature center.

“CDOT, the Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks are carefully considering the economic feasibility of operating an abbreviated season on Mount Evans while mitigating health and safety risks in alignment with federal, state and local guidance,” CDOT said in a written statement.

4:12 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 921 deaths had been reported to the state as of Tuesday, an increase of 18 from the day prior.

There are 17,830 cases statewide and 2,986 people have been hospitalized. According to the CDPHE, there are currently 636 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 89,529 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 174 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

9:05 a.m.: Update on COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m. from Gov. Polis

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m. We will stream it on FOX31, in the app and on the FOX31 Facebook page.

8:15 a.m.: CSU Chancellor confirms in-person classes will be held in the fall

Dr. Tony Frank said on Channel 2 Wednesday morning that in-person classes will be held at Colorado State University in the fall barring a public health order that prohibits it.

Tuesday, May 5

10:32 p.m.: Metro counties prepare to transition to “Safer at Home” guidelines

Starting Saturday, about 3 million people in metro Denver will transition from stay-at-home to “Safer at Home” orders.

Douglas County is the only metro-area county that did not have its stay-at-home order extended until Saturday.

Counties have published guidelines on how businesses planning to reopen can do so while following regulations.

4:04 p.m.: New data from CDPHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 903 deaths had been reported to the state as of Monday, an increase of 52 from the day prior.

There are 17,364 cases statewide and 2,919 people have been hospitalized. According to the CDPHE, there are currently 650 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 85,976 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 170 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:30 p.m.: Camping closures extended at state parks

Campgrounds at Colorado state parks will remain closed until May 11.

The campgrounds were set to set to reopen today.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, all reservations have been canceled through May 11. Those with canceled reservations will be issued a full refund.

10:05 a.m.: Park Meadows mall opens for curbside pickup

Some stores at Park Meadows mall have opened for curbside pickup.

The shopping center has a full list of open stores online.

Monday, May 4

9:12 p.m.: Face coverings to be required in Erie

Face coverings will be required for everyone over the age of 12 in Erie starting May 9. The masks must be worn when within 6 feet of anyone outside of one’s household.

The order is already in place in Boulder County. However, Erie straddles Boulder and Weld counties.

“This order, and other measures, are important to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by reducing exposure to the virus, to protect vulnerable populations, and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed. Wearing a face covering, in addition to maintaining at least 6 feet distance between others, will also help get Erie business going again safely and remain open,” Mayor Jennifer Carroll said.

While people can be fined for not following the order, the City said “enforcement will rely primarily on education and individual responsibility.”

8:25 p.m.: Another flyover planned for Colorado

The Colorado Air National Guard is planning an F-16 flyover for a number of the state’s communities on Wednesday.

The flyover is in support of “the men and women who have been fighting on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19,” the Colorado National Guard said.

The F-16s will fly over Sterling, Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Frisco, Winter Park, Longmont, Boulder, metro Denver and Colorado Springs.

A full list of locations — including specific hospitals the jets will be flying over — can be found on the National Guard’s Twitter page and website.

4:12 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 851 deaths had been reported to the state as of Sunday, an increase of nine from the day prior.

There are 16,907 cases statewide and 2,838 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 83,266  people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 163 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:52 p.m.: Denver Public Schools summer programming to be online, camps canceled

Denver Public Schools said all summer camps are canceled and summer programming will move to an online format.

Additionally, the district will not allow community use of its space in June or July.

“This decision was made with the goal of protecting the safety, health and wellness of students, staff and families as the district works to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus,” the district said in an email.

DPS provided the following list of impacted programs:

  • District camps will be canceled. 
  • Summer Academy will be held remotely. 
  • High school credit recovery will be held remotely. 
  • Sixth and Ninth-Grade Academies will be held remotely. 
  • Extended Year Services for Special Education will be held remotely. 
  • All summer professional learning (including June and July Leadership Weeks, New Educator Welcome Week and Universal) will be held remotely.
  • Food services will continue grab-and-go distribution. 

4:45 a.m.: Fort Collins to require face coverings in most buildings

The City of Fort Collins will require people to wear face coverings in most enclosed buildings open to the public beginning Monday, May 4.

Sunday, May 3

4:15 p.m.: New COVID-19 Data for Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 842 deaths had been reported to the state as of Saturday, an increase of 10 from the day prior.

There are 16,635 cases statewide and 2799 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 81,352  people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 163 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

12:01 p.m.: Restrictions eased around the world, COVID-19 cases spike in some countries

(AP) — From the United States to Asia, people are emerging from their homes as virus-related restrictions begin to ease and springtime temperatures climb.

But the global pandemic took a turn for the worse elsewhere. India on Sunday reported more than 2,600 new cases, its biggest single-day jump, and new cases in Russia exceeded 10,000 for the first time. 

Saturday, May 2

4:08 p.m.: New COVID-19 data for Colorado

The state reported 457 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 16,225.

A total of 2,793 people have been hospitalized in Colorado because of the virus.

The state says 78,179 people have been tested for COVID-19.

Twelve new deaths were reported to the state, bringing the total to 832.

12:06 p.m.: Three dead, 32 positive of coronavirus at Veterans Community Living Center

Results from a facility-wide testing conducted on April 29 at a state run Veterans Community Living Center in Aurora show nine staff members and 23 residents are positive with the coronavirus.

Friday, May 1

8:25 p.m.: Face coverings required in Lone Tree

Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet issued an executive order requiring cloth face coverings in all indoor retail stores. She had the unanimous support of City Council.

 “We have been given the privilege of reopening commerce in the metro region, and it is our responsibility to do it right,” said Millet. “We must do all we can to keep the COVID-19 curve flattened, protect our residents, workers and visitors, and position Lone Tree businesses to not only reopen successfully, but remain open.”

The order goes into effect May 8 and will remain in effect until May 26.

“We want Lone Tree’s businesses to remain open and our community to be healthy, and one of the best ways to protect each other is by wearing face coverings,” said Lone Tree police Chief Kirk Wilson. “While we can certainly enforce this order, our goal is to obtain voluntary compliance through an education-first strategy and by working closely with our businesses.”

Children under 2 and people with breathing issues are exempt from the order.

One of metro Denver’s largest shopping centers, Park Meadows, is located in Lone Tree.

“As we prepare to open our doors to the public, safety remains at the forefront of all our decision-making, and it is reassuring to have the City’s support in this matter,” said Pam Kelly, the mall’s general manager. “By working together, we can continue on track to successfully reopening the City and all of its retailers.”

More information is available on the city’s website.

8:06 p.m.: Face coverings required in Estes Park

The Estes Park Town Board passed an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn in areas of public accommodation and outdoors in the downtown district.

The order is effective immediately and lasts until June 10.

The full order can be found online.

4:30 p.m.: Denver mask mandate starts May 6

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced face coverings will be required starting May 6. People must wear the masks while inside a business or waiting to get inside.

“When we’re at the grocery store, work or any other business, my face covering protects you and your face covering protects me,” Hancock said in a statement. “The virus isn’t going away any time soon. By wearing a face covering, you’re doing your part to reduce the spread of infections and keep everyone safer.”

The mayor’s order defines a face covering as:

  • Made of cloth, fabric or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. 
  • May be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.
  • Should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.
  • Need to cover the nose and mouth at all times and should remain in place until taken off safely. 
  • Should be replaced when it becomes dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through.

4:14 p.m.: New data from state health officials

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 820 deaths had been reported to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 43 from the day prior.

There are 15,768 cases statewide and 2,747 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 75,259 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 161 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

9:09 a.m.: Arvada Reservoir Remains Closed Until May 4th

The Arvada Reservoir remains closed until May 4. Physical distancing will be required/wearing masks recommended. We will limit access when reservoir full to comply with recommendations from CDC, the governor and Jefferson County Public Health. ow.ly/oXld30qCl6e

8:00 a.m.: Update on the coronavirus in Colorado at 1:00 p.m.

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

7:45 a.m.: APS Serves Half a Million Meals Since Start of School Closure

No matter how challenging these last seven weeks have been, Aurora Public Schools (APS) students and their families have always had a place to pick up nutritious meals. On Friday, May 1, APS will reach an incredible milestone by serving a total of 500,000 free meals since March 17. 

Thursday, April 30

8:36 p.m.: Adams 12 plans to hold virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies

Adams 12 Five Star Schools said it plans to hold both virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies for high school students.

The virtual ceremonies will be held from May 28 to June 12.

The in-person ceremonies will be held at Five Star Stadium from July 20-28.

High schools in the district include Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range, Northglenn, Thornton, Pathways and Vantage Point.

More information is available on the school district’s website.

7:25 p.m.: Von Miller recovered from COVID-19

Broncos star Von Miller says he received a negative result for COVID-19, meaning he has recovered from the virus.

The Super Bowl 50 MVP tested positive on April 16.

5:02 p.m.: Aurora golf courses to reopen

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said golf courses in the city will begin to reopen on May 6.

The first to reopen will be Aurora Hills, Meadow Hills and Saddle Rock.

Golf courses in the City of Denver reopened last week.

4:05 p.m.: New data from CDPHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 777 deaths had been reported to the state as of Wednesday, an increase of 11 from the day prior.

There are 15,284 cases statewide and 2,697 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 72,390 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 159 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

3:45 p.m.: Denver mayor urges Congress to include direct funding for cities and states in next stimulus bill

Mayor Michael B. Hancock sent a letter Thursday to Congress urging them to support the “inclusion of direct emergency funding assistance to cities and states in the next federal stimulus bill.”

“Mayors across this nation, myself included, believe it was a lost opportunity when Congress could not reach agreement on the inclusion in the interim bill on emergency fiscal relief of sorely needed funds for cities and states,” Mayor Hancock said in his letter.

1:40 p.m.: 6th death at JBS meat processing plant

A sixth person has died from COVID-19 at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley. A spokesperson said Thursday that the man had worked at the plant since 1989.

7:30 a.m.: New unemployment numbers released

3.8 million workers seek US unemployment aid, raising total layoffs since virus hit hard to 30 million

Wednesday, April 29

8:14 p.m.: University of Denver plans to resume in-person classes this fall

The University of Denver says it plans to hold on-campus, in-person classes in the fall.

“We plan to reopen with face-to-face classes when we begin our fall quarter in mid-September, even if it must be modified in some way. The same will hold true for our Sturm College of Law, which reopens its fall term a few weeks earlier. Our plans, of course, are dependent upon guidance from federal, state and local government and public health officials. We will also be mindful of those faculty and students who are immunocompromised or have other health issues that would prevent them from fully participating in face-to-face classes by the fall,” DU said in an online statement.

The university said a decision will be made by May 27.

4:12 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from CPDHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 766 deaths had been reported to the state as of Tuesday, an increase of 30 from the day prior.

There are 14,758 cases statewide and 2,621 people have been hospitalized. Currently, 784 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 69,449 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 157 facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

2:49 p.m.: 245 cases at JBS plant in Greeley

According to new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are now 245 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley.

Five plant employees have died.

As of Sunday, the number of infected employees at the plant was 120.

The Greeley plant was closed for more than a week and reopened on Friday with restrictions in place.

10:45 a.m.: COVID-19 Outbreak at Veterans Community Living Center

There has been a COVID-19 outbreak at the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons in Aurora. Two residents have died. Seven other residents and seven staff members have tested positive.

9:15 a.m.: Update on the coronavirus in Colorado at 1:30 p.m.

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

You can watch live online and on FOX31 on TV.

8:35 a.m.: Campground Closures Extended

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is extending the closure of all campgrounds and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks through May 4. This action has been taken based on the Safer At Home Order from @GovofCO and the advice of the @CDPHE and the CDC. Reservations with departure dates through May 4 have been canceled for a full refund – no action is needed by these customers. If your reservation extends past May 4, your reservation has been changed to start May 5 and continue for the remainder of the dates requested.

Tuesday, April 28

7:51 p.m.: Greeley furloughing 85 employees

The City of Greeley is furloughing 85 employees beginning May 1. The furloughs are expected to last until late May.

Impacted employees will continue to receive benefits.

The decision comes in addition to the temporary layoff of 289 seasonal, temporary and hourly employees that went into effect April 1.

The City anticipates a 10%-20% budget reduction due to lost sales tax and other revenues.

The furloughed employees make up about 8.8% of the City’s benefited workforce.

6:04 p.m.: 238 inmates at Sterling prison test positive for COVID-19

The number of inmates at Sterling Correctional Facility who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 238 on Tuesday.

According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, 472 inmates have been tested. In addition to the 238 positive results, 216 were negative, 16 were inconclusive and two are pending.

Four of the inmates who tested positive are in the hospital.

“At this time, the Department is working with CDPHE to determine the next appropriate steps regarding any further testing,” a DOC spokesperson said.

4:06 p.m.: New COVID-19 data from state health officials

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 736 deaths had been reported to the state as of Monday, an increase of 30 from the day prior.

There are 14,316 cases statewide and 2,571 people have been hospitalized. Currently, 784 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 67,094 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 149 long-term care facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

9:30 a.m.: Colorado Secretary of State’s Remote Notarization Emergency Rules Extended

The Secretary of State’s remote notarization emergency rules have been extended and will remain in effect until May 30.  These rules enable Coloradans to have access to notary services without in-person contact.    

Monday, April 27

4:21 p.m.: New COVID-19 figures from CDPHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new data about COVID-19 in the state.

The agency says 706 deaths had been reported to the state as of Sunday, an increase of 26 from the day prior.

There are 13,879 cases statewide and 2,485 people have been hospitalized.

Cases have been reported in 56 of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The CDPHE says 66,341 people have been tested.

Outbreaks have been reported at 144 long-term care facilities.

The increase in numbers does not necessarily reflect new cases and deaths in a 24-hour period; some may have occurred earlier and were only recently confirmed.

2:34 p.m.: Read the whole “Safer at Home” order

Gov. Jared Polis’ office says the new “Safer at Home” order will expire in 30 days, but can be amended or extended at any time.

Read the entire order here.

10:15 a.m.: Presidential Primary Canceled

New York officials make unprecedented decision to cancel state’s June 23 presidential primary due to virus concerns.

8:30 a.m.: Update on the coronavirus in Colorado at 2:30 p.m.

Gov. Polis will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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