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COVID-19 Outbreaks Spike in Supposedly Safe Colorado Places

Aviva at Fitzsimons, 13525 East 23rd Avenue in Aurora, is one of many health-care facilities with an active COVID-19 outbreak.
Aviva at Fitzsimons, 13525 East 23rd Avenue in Aurora, is one of many health-care facilities with an active COVID-19 outbreak.
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Among the first Coloradans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 were residents and employees of nursing homes and other senior-care centers in the state. But while these efforts initially seemed to be eliminating outbreaks at such facilities, that's clearly not the case. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reported nearly 100 outbreaks at health-care sites in the past two weeks, with the category surpassing outbreaks at K-12 schools for the first time in months.

The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The vast majority of businesses and facilities identified as outbreaks remain open while working with the department to monitor symptoms and prevent future infections.

On May 5, the CDPHE listed 859 active outbreaks and 4,213 considered resolved, for a total of 5,072 — a one-week increase of 181 outbreaks, the largest number since January. The weekly bump documented in data made public late May 12 is smaller: 134 new outbreaks, with a total of 5,206 since the start of the pandemic (870 active, 4,336 resolved).

Also dropping: The number of new K-12 school outbreaks, which totaled 58 on May 5 — the most at such educational institutions since the CDPHE first published its outbreak roster on April 15, 2020. The latest report cites new outbreaks at 32 K-12 schools. Outbreaks at child-care centers also dipped, from sixteen on May 5 to thirteen on May 12.

But the stats for health-related facilities are moving in the opposite direction. While senior-case specialists dominated the CDPHE's roster for most of 2020, the report issued on February 3, 2021, noted just eleven new outbreaks in these settings, and the range stayed the same for weeks after. But recently, new health-care site outbreaks have been ratcheting up again: 38 on April 28, followed by 49 on May 5. And the May 12 list adds another 46, with 37 of them specifically focused on seniors.

Thus far, no deaths have been linked to the most recent batch of health-care-related spreads, and most of the infections pertain to staffers, who have been less vulnerable to the worst consequences of the disease than have residents. In fact, the only death associated with a new outbreak on the May 12 report was linked to Blanca town hall, which houses Costilla County government offices and the police department.

Other notable new outbreaks include two involving youth sports and activities (a Boulder County volleyball team and a Jefferson County dance academy), the Colorado School of Mines softball team, three shelters (two for the unhoused, the third for survivors of domestic violence), six restaurants (including a Wahoo's Fish Taco in Boulder), and five retailers, led by a Costco in Arapahoe County where eleven staffers have tested positive so far.

The following list includes the 134 newly named outbreak sites and twelve others whose entries have been tweaked by the CDPHE, along with the date when the outbreak was first identified and details about the people impacted:

1. AeroCare Holdings, Inc. Silt, Healthcare, Outpatient, Healthcare Equipment Delivery, Garfield County, 5/5/2021, 4 staff cases
2. Allison Care Center (020406): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Jefferson County, 4/27/2021, 2 staff cases
3. Alternatives to Violence, Domestic Violence Shelter, Larimer County, 5/6/2021, 4 attendee cases
4. Anthony's Pizza and Pasta, Restaurant, Sit Down, Boulder County, 5/5/2021, 4 staff cases
5. Aurora Hills Middle School, School, K-12, Arapahoe County, 5/7/2021, 2 attendee cases
6. Aventa Credit Union, Office/Indoor Workspace, El Paso County, 5/7/2021, 5 staff cases
7. Aviva at Fitzsimons (02S294): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 5/5/2021, 5 staff cases
8. Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy: April 2021, School, K-12, El Paso County, 4/12/2021, 1 staff case, 9 attendee cases
9. Bee Hive Homes of Grand Junction (23D504), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Mesa County, 5/10/2021, 2 resident cases
10. Berthoud Living Center (020388): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 5/5/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
11. Blanca Town Hall, Town Hall and Police Department, Costilla County, 5/3/2021, 3 staff cases, 1 staff death
12. Blessings Senior Services (23J598), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Adams County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
13. Blue Skies Exploration Academy, Child Care Center, El Paso County, 5/10/2021, 3 attendee cases
14. BoCo Volleyball Club, Youth Sports/Activities, Boulder County, 5/5/2021, 3 attendee cases
15. Bonaventure of Pueblo (23Y771): April 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Pueblo County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
16. Bonaventure of Pueblo Independent Living, Healthcare, Independent Living Facility, Pueblo County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
17. Bookcliff Manor Assisted Living (231118), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Mesa County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases
18. Cache La Poudre Middle School: April 2021, School, K-12, Larimer County, 5/10/2021, 5 attendee cases
19. Cappella of Pueblo West (2306FN): May 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 2 resident cases
20. Center at Cordera (02U322): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, El Paso County, 5/11/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
21. Center at Rock Creek Assisted Living Facility (23D505), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Larimer County, 5/2/2021, 2 staff cases
22. Center at Rock Creek LLC (02S685): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 5/3/2021, 2 staff cases
23. Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) Primary Care Broadmoor, Healthcare, Outpatient, Primary Care Clinic, El Paso County, 5/5/2021, 3 staff cases
24. Cimarron Middle School, School, K-12, Douglas County, 5/10/2021, 11 attendee cases
25. City of Northglenn Preschool, Child Care Center, Adams County, 5/10/2021, 1 staff case, 1 attendee case
26. City Park Church, Religious Facility, Larimer County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases, 5 attendee cases
27. Collegiate Academy of Colorado: April 2021, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 5/6/2021, 5 attendee cases
28. Colorado Boring Company, Construction Company/Contractor, Larimer County, 5/4/2021, 3 staff cases
29. Colorado School of Mines Softball Team, College/University, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 5 attendee cases
30. Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility: April 2021, State Prison, Fremont County, 5/3/2021, 2 resident cases, 12 staff cases
31. ColorPro Printing, Construction Company/Contractor, Larimer County, 4/27/2021, 6 staff cases
32. Columbine West Health & Rehab Facility (020335): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases
33. Compass Community Collaborative School, School, K-12, Larimer County, 5/7/2021, 2 attendee cases
34. Costco Wholesale #439: May 2021, Retailer, Arapahoe County, 5/12/2021, 11 staff cases
35. Cottonwood Rehab and Extended Care (02E994) May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, La Plata County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
36. Cripple Creek Care Center (020581), Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Teller County, 5/4/2021, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases
37. Crossroads Hyundai, Car Dealership, Larimer County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases
38. Crossroads Northglenn (2304MZ), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Adams County, 5/5/2021, 2 staff cases
39. Cureton Midstream, Gas Drilling and Pipelines, Weld County, 5/6/2021, 3 staff cases
40. Cutting Edge Steel, Inc., Materials Supplier, Weld County, 5/6/2021, 4 staff cases
41. D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School: May 2021, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 5/6/2021, 2 attendee cases
42. Delta Police Department, Law Enforcement, Delta County, 4/30/2021, 3 staff cases
43. Denver Health Patient Access Office, Healthcare, Acute Care Hospital, Administrative Services, Denver County, 5/11/2021, 4 staff cases
44. Drury Inn and Suites Central Park, Hotel/Lodge/Resort, Denver County, 4/19/2021, 6 staff cases
45. East Middle School: May 2021, School, K-12, Mesa County, 5/11/2021, 6 attendee cases
46. East Side Child Care Center: May 2021, Child Care Center, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 2 attendee cases
47. Elevated Dermatology, Healthcare, Outpatient, Douglas County, 5/7/2021, 2 staff cases
48. EVO: March 2021, Retailer, Denver County, 4/9/2021, 12 staff cases
49. Family of Christ Child Development Center, Child Care Center, El Paso County, 5/5/2021, 4 staff cases, 3 attendee cases
50. Fedex Ground Pueblo, Distribution Center/Business, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 13 staff cases
51. FedEx Ship Center, Distribution Center/Business, Boulder County, 5/6/2021, 5 staff cases
52. Fire Department Complex, Fire Department, El Paso County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases
53. First Bank Wheatridge, Office/Indoor Workspace, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
54. Forest Ridge Senior Living (02D453): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Teller County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases
55. Forterra Pipe & Precast, Materials Supplier, Adams County, 5/10/2021, 3 staff cases
56. Fremont Correctional Facility: April 2021, State Prison, Fremont County, 4/30/2021, 10 resident cases, 17 staff cases
57. Front Range Christian High School: April 2021, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 4 attendee cases
58. Fruita 8/9 School, School, K-12, Mesa County, 5/11/2021, 4 attendee cases
59. Garfield Elementary School, School, K-12, Larimer County, 5/4/2021, 2 staff cases, 2 attendee cases
60. Gentle Care House (2305HN), Healthcare, Assisted Living, El Paso County, 5/10/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
61. Global Village Academy Northglenn: April 2021, School, K-12, Adams County, 4/26/2021, 2 staff cases
62. Golden Peaks Center (020367): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 5/4/2021, 2 staff cases
63. Grand Mesa Youth Services Center: April 2021, Correctional, Mesa County, 4/24/2021, 2 resident cases, 7 staff cases
64. Gregory Electric Inc., Construction Site, Larimer County, 5/4/2021, 2 staff cases
65. Harbinger Coffee, Restaurant, Larimer County, 5/4/2021, 3 staff cases
66. Harmony Pointe Nursing Center (020425): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Jefferson County, 5/5/2021, 5 resident cases, 1 staff case
67. Heather Grove Assisted Living (230480), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Denver County, 5/10/2021, 2 resident cases
68. Heidi's Chateau (2311S4): April 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Montrose County, 5/7/2021, 3 staff cases
69. Highlands Ranch Learning Center, Child Care Center, Douglas County, 5/10/2021, 5 attendee cases
70. Hildebrand Care Center (020666): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Fremont County, 5/5/2021, 4 staff cases
71. Hinkley High School: May 2021, School, K-12, Arapahoe County, 5/7/2021, 2 staff cases, 1 attendee case
72. Home Daycare #1 Adams, Child Care Center, Adams County, 5/11/2021, 1 staff case, 3 attendee cases
73. Huerfano County Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement, Huerfano County, 5/11/2021, 4 staff cases
74. In Harmony Walker House, Healthcare, Group Home, Pueblo County, 5/10/2021, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases
75. Independent Financial Fort Collins, Office/Indoor Workspace, Larimer County, 4/19/2021, 2 staff cases
76. Irondale Post Acute (020421): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 5/5/2021, 2 staff cases
77. Italco Food Products: April 2021, Food Manufacturing/Packaging, Denver County, 5/10/2021, 7 staff cases
78. Jacob Academy Flower St., Child Care Center, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 3 attendee cases
79. Jacob Academy Jewell Ave., Child Care Center, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 1 staff case, 6 attendee cases
80. Kennedy's Lucky 27 Barbershop & Social Club, Personal Services, Barbershop, Larimer County, 5/10/2021, 2 staff cases
81. Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge (23H523): May 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Adams County, 5/6/2021, 3 resident cases, 3 staff cases
82. KinderCare Learning Center Stetson Hills, Child Care Center, El Paso County, 4/23/2021, 8 staff cases, 1 attendee case
83. La Petite Academy Colorado Springs (Purgatory Dr), Child Care Center, El Paso County, 4/29/2021, 2 staff cases, 1 attendee case
84. Life Care Center of Stonegate (02C450): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Douglas County, 5/6/2021, 1 resident case, 1 staff case
85. Life Quality Homes III — Woodburn Home (2305U1), Healthcare, Assisted Living, El Paso County, 5/10/2021, 3 resident cases, 2 staff cases
86. Lighting, Accessory & Warning Systems, Retailer, Police Supply Store, Arapahoe County, 5/11/2021, 5 staff cases
87. Little People's Landing Learning Centers Louisville, Child Care Center, Boulder County, 5/12/2021, 4 attendee cases
88. Loveland Classical School — Academy Campus, School, K-12, Larimer County, 5/3/2021, 5 attendee cases
89. Lucile Erwin Middle School: April 2021, School, K-12, Larimer County, 4/28/2021, 5 attendee cases
90. Manitou Springs High School: April 2021, School, K-12, El Paso County, 4/30/2021, 6 attendee cases
91. McGlone Academy: April 2021, School, K-12, Denver County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases, 2 attendee cases
92. Merritt Trailers, Non-Food Manufacturer/Warehouse, Adams County, 5/10/2021, 9 staff cases
93. Miller Middle School: May 2021, School, K-12, La Plata County, 5/11/2021, 3 attendee cases
94. Muller Technology, Non-Food Manufacturer/Warehouse, Larimer County, 5/10/2021, 3 staff cases
95. My Second Home, Child Care Center, Boulder County, 5/7/2021, 3 attendee cases
96. Nature's Herbs & Wellness Center: April 2021, Retailer, Weld County, 5/7/2021, 8 staff cases
97. Nature's Medicine, Retailer, Chaffee County, 5/6/2021, 4 staff cases
98. New Summit Charter Academy, School, K-12, El Paso County, 5/3/2021, 1 staff case, 14 attendee cases
99. North Pointe Gardens (23M203), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Pueblo County, 5/10/2021, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case
100. Northern Colorado Auto Reconditioning, Auto Repair, Weld County, 5/7/2021, 3 staff cases
101. Northfield High School, School, K-12, Denver County, 5/5/2021, 1 staff case, 2 attendee cases
102. Northglenn Heights Assisted Living Community (230430): April 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Adams County, 5/10/2021, 3 staff cases
103. Orchard Park Health Care Center (020468): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Arapahoe County, 5/10/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
104. Pagosa Springs High School, School, K-12, Archuleta County, 5/11/2021, 17 attendee cases
105. Palmer Lake Elementary School: April 2021, School, K-12, El Paso County, 5/7/2021, 1 staff case, 6 attendee cases
106. Pearl Street Health and Rehab (020431): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Arapahoe County, 5/7/2021, 2 staff cases
107. Pewag Traction Chain, Non-Food Manufacturer/Warehouse, Traction Chain Manufacturing Plant, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 2 staff cases
108. Platte River Academy: May 2021, School, K-12, Douglas County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
109. Point of the Pines Gardens Assisted Living (23B948): May 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, El Paso County, 5/10/2021, 3 resident cases, 2 staff cases
110. Progressive Agriculture Management, Farm/Dairy, Yuma County, 5/11/2021, 10 staff cases
111. Pueblo Rescue Mission: April 2021, Homeless Shelter, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 11 resident cases
112. Rangeview High School: March 2021, School, Arapahoe County, 4/13/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
113. Real Property Management, Office/Indoor Workspace, Larimer County, 4/29/2021, 2 staff cases
114. Rockrimmon Christian Preschool, School, K-12, El Paso County, 4/26/2021, 3 attendee cases
115. Rocky Ford Junior/Senior High School, School, K-12, Otero County, 5/4/2021, 6 attendee cases
116. Royal Gorge Route Railroad: April 2021, Outdoor Entertainment/Rec, Train Restaurant, Fremont County, 5/10/2021, 6 staff cases
117. Sedgwick County Memorial Nursing Home (020199): May 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Sedgwick County, 5/10/2021, 4 resident cases, 2 staff cases
118. Select Wood Floors, Construction Company/Contractor, Larimer County, 5/10/2021, 2 staff cases
119. Shelly True Dance Academy, Youth Sports/Activities, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases
120. Spradley Barr Ford, Car Dealership, Larimer County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
121. Starbucks Firestone, Restaurant, Weld County, 5/7/2021, 4 staff cases
122. STEM School Highlands Ranch, School, K-12, Douglas County, 5/7/2021, 3 attendee cases
123. Step Denver Active Healthcare — Alcohol/Drug Abuse Treatment (Inpatient), Denver County, 5/11/2021, 3 resident cases
124. Stephens House/Blue Peaks Developmental Services: May 2021, Healthcare, Group Home, Alamosa County, 5/10/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
125. STRIVE Prep Federal, School, K-12, Denver County, 5/6/2021, 4 attendee cases
126. Subway Spine Rd, Restaurant, Fast Food, Boulder County, 5/10/2021, 4 staff cases
127. Suncor Energy BRM4, Office/Indoor Workspace, Adams County, 5/10/2021, 3 staff cases
128. The Academy of Charter Schools, School, K-12, Adams County, 5/5/2021, 2 attendee cases
129. The Argyle (230464): April 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Denver County, 5/11/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
130. The Center at Lincoln (02S302): April 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Douglas County, 5/11/2021, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case
131. The Center at Northridge (02I148): April 2021, Healthcare, Combined Care, Adams County, 5/6/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
132. The Medical Center of Aurora — Behavioral Health & Wellness, Healthcare, Psychiatric Hospital, Arapahoe County, 5/10/2021, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case
133. The Pavilion At Villa Pueblo (020640), Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Pueblo County, 5/7/2021, 1 resident case, 3 staff cases
134. Three Creeks K-8, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 5/11/2021, 5 attendee cases
135. Town & Country Auto Mall — Chrysler Building, Car Dealership, Alamosa County, 5/10/2021, 2 staff cases
136. Unique Woodworking, Non-Food Manufacturer/Warehouse, Denver County, 5/6/2021, 6 staff cases
137. Urban Peak: April 2021, Homeless Shelter, Denver County, 5/3/2021, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case
138. Ute Canyon Academy Centro de la Familia: April 2021, Child Care Center, Mesa County, 4/9/2021, 9 staff cases, 3 attendee cases
139. Vacasa Silverthorne, Vacation Home Rental Company, Summit County, 5/11/2021, 2 staff cases
140. Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy: April 2021, School, K-12, Eagle County, 4/13/2021, 3 attendee cases
141. Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Restaurant, Sit Down, Boulder County, 5/10/2021, 2 staff cases
142. Weld County Garage Buick GMC, Car Dealership, Weld County, 5/11/2021, 5 staff cases
143. Wheat Ridge Regional Center House J, Healthcare, Facility for Developmentally Disabled (Inpatient), Jefferson County, 5/5/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
144. William (Bill) Roberts ECE-8 School, School, K-12, Denver County, 5/5/2021, 7 attendee cases
145. World Compass Academy: May 2021, School, K-12, Douglas County, 5/11/2021, 2 attendee cases
146. YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, Hotel/Lodge/Resort, Larimer County, 5/6/2021, 2 staff cases

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