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A recent increase in the number of residents testing positive for the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has raised concerns within the Larimer County Department of https://bt-hypnotise.com/ and Environment about the county’s ability to move on to the next phase of relaxing restrictions, officials said Friday.
There were 16 new cases reported Thursday of COVID-19 in Larimer County, up significantly from the daily average of five of the past few weeks, county health department spokeswoman Katie O’Donnell said. It’s the third time in eight days local providers and the state health department have reported to the county that 12 or more residents have tested positive. The county previously had not received reports of more than 10 cases in a single day since May 18.
Reports from the state’s testing laboratory are being received anywhere from 5-9 days after the test was performed, she said, while those reported by UChttps://bt-hypnotise.com/ and Banner https://bt-hypnotise.com/ are generally received within 12-48 hours.
“We got to see the draft metrics the state is working on for moving on to the next phase (of loosening restrictions) and, based on what we’re doing right now, we don’t qualify,” O’Donnell said.
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Those metrics include cases remaining below a certain number per day for a sustained period of time and a decline in hospitalization of COVID-19 patients, she said. Although the county has just seven patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19, that number has remained relatively flat for the past three weeks since dropping to none on June 12.
Colorado started transitioning from a Stay at Home public health order issued by Gov. Jared Polis on March 27 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus to a Safer at Home stage that began April 27 and has included an incremental loosening of restrictions. The next phase of loosened restrictions, which has not been implemented, is called Protect Our Neighbors.
Face coverings, social distancing, hand-washing and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus in the community, and those practices must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening, O’Donnell said.
“We all need to stay diligent with these behavior modifications to help protect high-risk residents and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Larimer County,” said Tom Gonzales, the county’s public health director, in a news release. “Everyone needs to do their part so that we can keep our community open.”
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Larimer County residents have done a good job flattening the curve to avoid overwhelming the health care system, but the new trend is concerning, O’Donnell said. Ages of the reported cases have continued to drop, she said, with the median age of cases now between 20 and 30 years old. While that age demographic doesn’t generally tend to get very ill from the coronavirus, those cases continue to create community spread.
Many of the new positive tests have been from people who are not experiencing symptoms, she said, but were tested because a roommate, co-worker or someone else they had been in contact with had tested positive. They’ve generally been very cooperative about going into self-quarantine for two weeks and concerned after learning they had potentially been spreading the virus without knowing they had it.
Contact tracing, she said, is becoming increasingly important in fighting COVID-19, and residents are urged to cooperate with health authorities to contain outbreaks.
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“Nobody’s going to get in trouble, but if you test positive you have to tell us where you’ve been and who you’ve been in contact with, so we can slow the spread in the community. The faster we can track cases and the more collaborative we can be with our residents, the faster we can stop an outbreak from spreading,” O’Donnell said.
Through 4 p.m. Thursday, 752 county residents had tested positive for COVID-19 with 29 deaths in the county linked to the virus. Statewide, 33,352 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public https://bt-hypnotise.com/ and Environment reported, with 1,521 deaths linked to the virus.
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