Coronavirus

Colorado Blows Past 400 Active COVID-19 Outbreaks

Rocky Heights Middle School in Lone Tree is one of two Douglas County K-12 schools with a newly reported COVID-19 outbreak.
Rocky Heights Middle School in Lone Tree is one of two Douglas County K-12 schools with a newly reported COVID-19 outbreak. Google Maps
For the second consecutive week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has added more than ninety new listings to its roster of COVID-19 outbreaks in the state. That brings the number of outbreaks being actively investigated by the agency to above 400, more than triple the total two months ago.

On July 28, the CDPHE counted 121 active outbreaks. This week's report, released on September 22, lists 415.

The number would be even higher had the department not raised the requirements for an outbreak declaration in early June. The previous standard called for two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers, attendees and other people connected to a specific place within a fourteen-day period. Now, that rule only applies to residential health-care and correctional facilities. All other locations must be associated with at least five confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 over two weeks before an outbreak is designated.

There are 93 new or tweaked entries on the state health department's September 22 report, down slightly from the 96 on September 15, as noted in our last outbreaks roundup. And once again, this amount is dominated by two categories: K-12 schools and health-care facilities.


The latest survey boasts 35 new or tweaked outbreaks at K-12 schools; that's a decrease from the 47 on September 15. Many of the latest outbreaks are associated with rural counties (at least thirteen qualify) or places where in-school masking has stirred controversy: four in Weld County, three in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties, two in Douglas and Mesa counties. And that sum doesn't include outbreaks at five child-care centers.

Meanwhile, outbreaks at health-care facilities rose from 34 on September 15 to 37 on September 22. That total includes 33 centers specializing in senior care, among them El Paso County's MorningStar at Bear Creek, which has already suffered a resident death.

Other outbreaks of note include two automobile dealerships, a Pizza Hut in Craig, and the University of Northern Colorado football team.

Here are the 93 new or tweaked active outbreaks identified by the CDPHE in its September 22 report, including the date when the outbreak became official and the type of people impacted:

1. Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, School, K-12, Weld County, 9/17/2021, 3 staff cases, 13 attendee cases
2. Avamere Transitional Care and Rehabilitation (020399): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 9/17/2021, 1 resident case, 2 staff cases
3. Bear Creek Senior Living (23054G): September 2021, Healthcare, Combined Care, El Paso County, 9/21/2021, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases
4. Bee Hive Homes of Grand Junction (23D504): August 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Mesa County, 9/16/2021, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases
5. Ben Franklin Academy: September 2021, School, K-12, Douglas County, 9/22/2021, 2 staff cases, 13 attendee cases
6. Brookdale Skyline (02R487): September 2021, Healthcare, Combined Care, El Paso County, 9/21/2021, 2 staff cases
7. Canon City High School: September 2021, School, K-12, Fremont County, 9/20/2021, 8 attendee cases
8. Center Consolidated School District Active School K-12, Saguache County, 9/3/2021, 2 staff cases, 15 attendee cases
9. Centura Health Progressive Care Center (020658): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Fremont County, 9/17/2021, 1 resident case, 6 staff cases
10. Cherry Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care (23K182): August 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Arapahoe County, 8/30/2021, 11 resident cases, 2 staff cases
11. Colorado Springs Transit Management Company, Inc.: September 2021, Municipal/Local Government, Public Transit, El Paso County, 9/17/2021, 8 staff cases
12. Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons (02R932): August 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 8/25/2021, 1 resident case, 3 staff cases
13. ComCor, Inc: Roberts Road Residential Facility: September 2021, Correctional, El Paso County, 9/22/2021, 3 resident cases
14. Craig Middle School, School, K-12, Moffatt County, 9/20/2021, 23 attendee cases
15. Crowley County Jr/Sr High School Active School K-12 Yes Crowley 9/8/2021 7 7 0
16. Crowley County Nursing Center (020248): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Crowley County, 9/20/2021, 7 resident cases, 3 staff cases
17. Custer County Schools, School, K-12, Custer County, 9/8/2021, 1 staff case, 8 attendee cases
18. Devonshire Acres Skilled Nursing (020193): August 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Logan County, 8/6/2021, 4 resident cases, 3 staff cases
19. Dunstan Middle School, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 1 staff case, 11 attendee cases
20. East Grand Middle School, School, K-12, Grand County, 9/20/2021, 22 attendee cases
21. Echo Park Automotive Denver — Thornton, Auto Dealership, Adams County, 9/20/2021, 10 staff cases
22. Evergreen Middle School: September 2021, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 9/16/2021, 8 attendee cases
23. Fisher's Peak Elementary School: September 2021, School, K-12, Las Animas County, 9/16/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
24. Fort Collins Rescue Mission, Homeless Shelter, Larimer County, 9/15/2021, 18 resident cases, 2 staff cases
25. Four Corners Health Care Center (021299): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, La Plata County, 9/21/2021, 2 staff cases
26. Frederick High School, School, K-12, Weld County, 9/17/2021, 1 staff case, 15 attendee cases
27. Frontier Academy Secondary School: August 2021, School, K-12, Weld County, 9/21/2021, 1 staff case, 16 attendee cases
28. Fruita 8/9 School: September 2021, School, K-12, Mesa County, 9/15/2021, 1 staff case, 6 attendee cases
29. Golden West (230379): September 2021, Healthcare, Combined Care, Boulder County, 9/20/2021, 4 staff cases
30. Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village Assisted Living (230373), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Larimer County, 9/8/2021, 2 resident cases, 1 staff case
31. Harmony Pointe Nursing Center (020425): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Jefferson County, 9/16/2021, 1 resident case, 1 staff case
32. Harmony Ridge P-8, School, K-12, Arapahoe County, 9/17/2021, 10 attendee cases
33. Harrison School, School, K-12, Fremont County, 9/20/2021, 7 attendee cases
34. Harvard Square Retirement Community (230428): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Denver County, 9/21/2021, 2 staff cases
35. Healthcare Resort of Colorado Springs (02U718): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, El Paso County, 9/21/2021, 7 resident cases, 2 staff cases
36. Heritage Heights Academy, School, K-12, Arapahoe County, 9/17/2021, 5 attendee cases
37. HopeWest Mesa, Healthcare, Outpatient, Hospice Office, Mesa County, 9/14/2021, 4 staff cases
38. Independence Academy: September 2021, School, K-12, Mesa County, 9/14/2021, 8 attendee cases
39. Inspiration Field — Lincoln Group Home, Healthcare, Group Home, Otero County, 9/8/2021, 5 resident cases, 1 staff case
40. Inspiration Field — Quintana Group Home, Healthcare, Group Home, Otero County, 9/2/2021, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case
41. International School of Denver: September 2021, School, K-12, Denver County, 9/20/2021, 1 staff case, 7 attendee cases
42. John Mall High School: September 2021, School, K-12, Huerfano County, 9/10/2021, 1 staff case, 11 attendee cases
43. Kid's Tech, Child Care Center, Arapahoe County, 9/17/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
44. KIPP Northeast Elementary & Middle School: September 2021, School, K-12, Denver County, 9/16/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
45. Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center (2304GF): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Arapahoe County, 9/15/2021, 5 resident cases
46. Life Care Center of Littleton (0204RB): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Arapahoe County, 9/21/2021, 2 staff cases
47. Life Care Center of Westminster (0204W2): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 9/17/2021, 5 resident cases, 7 staff cases
48. Lopez Elementary School, School, K-12, Larimer County, 9/20/2021, 1 staff case, 7 attendee cases
49. Mark Hopkins Elementary School, School, K-12, Arapahoe County, 9/20/2021, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases
50. MeadowView of Greeley (23N615): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Weld County, 9/14/2021, 1 resident case, 1 staff case
51. Moffat County High School, School, K-12, Moffatt County, 9/17/2021, 2 staff cases, 28 attendee cases
52. Montage Creek (23S304): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Montrose County, 9/21/2021, 2 resident cases, 4 staff cases
53. MorningStar at Bear Creek (23S293): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, El Paso County, 9/16/2021, 10 resident cases, 6 staff cases, 1 resident death
54. Mt San Rafael Hospital, Healthcare, Acute Care Hospital, Las Animas County, 9/16/2021, 6 staff cases
55. Norfolk Iron and Metal, Non-Food Manufacturer/Warehouse, Weld County, 9/2/2021, 5 staff cases
56. Ortega Middle School, School, K-12, Alamosa County, 9/17/2021, 11 attendee cases
57. Parker Senior Living by MorningStar (23X291): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Douglas County, 9/17/2021, 1 resident case, 1 staff case
58. Pine Grove Crossing (23N138): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Douglas County, 9/17/2021, 4 resident cases, 2 staff cases
59. Pine Ridge Extended Care Center (0212V8): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Archuleta County, 9/14/2021, 4 staff cases
60. Pizza Hut — Craig, Restaurant, Fast Food, Moffatt County, 9/16/2021, 8 staff cases
61. Ready to Work Aurora, Homeless Shelter, Arapahoe County, 9/21/2021, 9 resident cases, 4 staff cases
62. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant — Lone Tree: September 2021, Restaurant, Sit Down, Douglas County, 9/15/2021, 9 staff cases
63. River Valley Inn (02Z787): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Rio Grande County, 9/8/2021, 1 resident case, 3 staff cases
64. Riverdale Rehab and Care Community (020312): September 2021, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Adams County, 9/17/2021, 2 staff cases
65. Rocky Heights Middle School: September 2021, School, K-12, Douglas County, 9/20/2021, 8 attendee cases
66. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, College/University, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 3 staff cases, 2 attendee cases
67. RTD Elati Light Rail Maintenance Facility: September 2021, Public Transportation, Arapahoe County, 9/20/2021, 12 staff cases
68. Saguache County Jail: September 2021, Jail, Saguache County, 9/14/2021, 5 resident cases
69. Sandrock Elementary School, School, K-12, Moffatt County, 9/21/2021, 11 attendee cases
70. Schomp Subaru, Auto Dealership, Arapahoe County, 9/20/2021, 5 staff cases
71. Springs of Life Children's Center, Child Care Center, El Paso County, 9/16/2021, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases
72. St. Stephen Catholic School, School, K-12, Garfield County, 9/18/2021, 6 attendee cases
73. Starpoint Children's Services: September 2021, Child Care Center, Fremont County, 9/14/2021, 3 staff cases, 3 attendee cases
74. Sturgeon Electric — Suncor Energy: August 2021, Construction Company/Contractor, Adams County, 9/16/201, 9 staff cases
75. Sunset Elementary School, School, K-12, Moffatt County, 9/21/2021, 13 attendee cases
76. Telluride Intermediate School, School, K-12, San Miguel County, 9/17/2021, 6 attendee cases
77. Telluride Regional Medical Center, Healthcare, Outpatient Clinic and Emergency Room, San Miguel County, 9/15/2021, 7 staff cases
78. Tender Care Assisted Living 2 (23Q702), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Jefferson County, 9/9/2021, 4 resident cases
79. The Aladdin at Keenesburg (2303VE). Healthcare, Assisted Living, Weld County, 9/20/2021, 1 resident case, 1 staff case
80. The Gardens Care Home — Red Hawk (23F922), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Douglas County, 9/15/2021, 2 staff cases
81. The Goddard School of Northfield, Child Care Center, Denver County, 9/17/2021, 7 attendee cases
82. The Goddard School- Arvada (Ward Rd), Child Care Center, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases
83. The Lodge at Greeley (23R710): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Weld County, 9/21/2021, 2 staff cases
84. The Manning School of Academics and Arts, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases
85. The Residence At Skyway Park (23S681), Healthcare, Assisted Living, El Paso County, 9/20/2021, 10 resident cases, 1 staff case
86. Thompson Valley High School: September 2021, School, K-12, Larimer County, 9/13/2021, 6 staff cases, 27 attendee cases
87. University of Northern Colorado Football Team: September 2021, College/University, Weld County, 9/17/2021, 2 staff cases, 3 attendee cases
88. University Schools, School, K-12, Weld County, 9/17/2021, 6 staff cases, 39 attendee cases
89. VCA Deer Creek Animal Hospital, Veterinary Hospital, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 10 staff cases
90. Washington County Justice Center: September 2021, Jail, Washington County, 9/16/2021, 6 resident cases, 1 staff case
91. Washington Elementary School — Fremont County, School, K-12, Fremont County, 9/20/2021, 5 attendee cases
92. Willowbrook Place (23B432): September 2021, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Jefferson County, 9/21/2021, 6 resident cases, 1 staff case
93. Woodmen Hills Elementary School, School, K-12, El Paso County, 9/17/2021, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases
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