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Colorado Rates 137 Superspreader Events on Global COVID-19 List

Andrew Wommack Ministries' June-July conference appears on the global superspreader events list.
Andrew Wommack Ministries' June-July conference appears on the global superspreader events list.

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries around the globe, researchers are hard at work trying to understand what happened and how such tragedies can either be prevented or mitigated in the future.

Prominent among these efforts is a new spreadsheet developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where a team is attempting to track what are described as "ARS-CoV-2 Superspreading Events from Around the World" — and Colorado appears all too often on it. The document (accessible on Google Drive by clicking here), currently includes 137 superspreader events in this state out of a total 1,521.

As noted by Florida's Poynter Institute, which is touting the spreadsheet, the database provides information and brief descriptions about each event's location and whether it took place inside or outside, as well as geographic coordinates for mapping purposes. A wide range of countries is included, from Argentina and Australia to Singapore and Vietnam.

But while the project combines four existing databases into one, the compilation remains in its early stages. The list of 1,521 superspreader events is presumably a tiny fraction of those worldwide. And places that have done the best job of making information publicly available tend to be overrepresented — Colorado, for example, accounts for more than 9 percent of the current total.

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LSHTM's use of the word "event" is broad enough to encompass what the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has dubbed "outbreaks" at nursing homes, manufacturing and food plants such as the JBS facility in Greeley, as well as detention centers. Indeed, most of the superspreader entries have appeared on previous CDPHE outbreak reports; they all involve more than ten positive cases.

Two of the most significant are a June-July conference staged by Andrew Wommack Ministries and a wedding jointly associated with Colorado and the country of Uruguay. The ceremony, involving a fashion designer who subsequently tested positive in Spain, has been linked to the early rash of infections in that South American country.

A collage of images from the JBS plant in Greeley. The company makes two appearances on the superspreader list.EXPAND
A collage of images from the JBS plant in Greeley. The company makes two appearances on the superspreader list.
Photos by Michael Roberts

The following Colorado superspreader events cited by the LSHTM list will no doubt be studied for years to come. (Note that the format varies; for instance, some listings place the day before the month, British-style.)

1. Montevideo, Uruguay, Colorado, United States, Wedding, Wedding/Bus Trip, Indoor/Outdoor, 55 cases, 07/03/2020
2. Arapahoe, Colorado, United States, Life Care Center of Aurora, Indoor, 16 cases, 28/04/2020
3. Denver, Colorado, United States, Manorcare Health Services — Denver, Indoor, 16 cases, 08/04/2020
4. Boulder, Colorado, United States, Mesa Vista of Boulder, Indoor, 16 cases, 4/04/2020
5. Arapahoe, Colorado, United States, Shop, Walmart, Indoor, 16 cases, 22/04/2020
6. Denver, Colorado, United States, Industry, Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing, Indoor, 15 cases, 01/05/2020
7. Denver, Colorado, United States, Berkley Manor Care Center, Indoor, 15 cases, 02/04/2020
8. Denver, Colorado, United States, Health Center at Franklin Park, Indoor, 15 cases, 07/04/2020
9. Denver, Colorado, United States, Jewell Care Center of Denver, Indoor, 15 cases, 30/03/2020
10. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Kenton Manor, Indoor, 15 cases, 17/04/2020
11. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Ridgeview Post-Acute, Indoor, 15 cases, 13/04/2020
12. Denver, Colorado, United States, Rowan Community, Inc., Indoor, 15 cases, 08/04/2020
13. Denver, Colorado, United States, Airport operations, United Ground Express, Indoor, 15 cases, 24/04/2020
14. Denver, Colorado, United States, Medical, Autumn Heights Health Care Center, Indoor, 14 cases, 20/05/2020
15. Summit County, Colorado, United States, Market, City Market, Indoor, 14 cases, 28/04/2020
16. Denver, Colorado, United States, Frozen, Culinaire Foods, Indoor, 14 cases, 06/05/2020
17. Denver, Colorado, United States, Industry, McKesson Medical Supply, Indoor, 14 cases, 26/05/2020
18. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Agriculture, Olson's Greenhouse, Indoor, 14 cases, 12/05/2020
19. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood, Indoor, 14 cases, 26/04/2020
20. Denver, Colorado, United States, Distribution center, United States Postal Distribution Center, Indoor, 14 cases, 01/06/2020
21. Colorado, United States, Medical, Briarwood Health Care Center, Indoor, 13 cases, 21/04/2020
22. Colorado, United States, Prison, Buena Vista Correctional Complex, Indoor, 13 cases, 10/07/2020
23. Denver, Colorado, United States, Carillon at Belleview Station, Indoor, 13 cases, 10/04/2020
24. Denver, Colorado, United States, Laundry Services, Hospital, Cooperative Laundry, Indoor, 13 cases, 08/05/2020
25. Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States, Food processing, Idaho Pacific, Indoor, 13 cases, 20/05/2020
26. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Irondale Post-Acute, Indoor, 13 cases, 09/04/2020
27. Boulder, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Powerback Rehabilitation Lafayette, Indoor, 13 cases, 15/04/2020
28. Douglas, Colorado, United States, Suites Parker, Indoor, 13 cases,19/05/2020
29. Pueblo, Colorado, United States, Medical, University Park Care Center, Indoor, 13 cases, 29/05/2020
30. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Belleview Heights Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Indoor, 12 cases, 14/04/2020
31. Routt County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Casey's Pond Senior Living LTC, Indoor, 12 cases, 29/03/2020
32. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Chick-Fil-A, Indoor, 12 cases, 09/07/2020
33. Colorado, United States, Prison, Colorado State Penitentiary, Indoor, 12 cases, 15/07/2020
34. Montrose, Colorado, United States, Medical, Colorow Health Care LLC, Indoor, 12 cases, 06/04/2020
33. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Good Samaritan Society — Bonell Community, Indoor, 12 cases, 12/04/2020
34. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Medical, Harmony Pointe Nursing Center, Indoor, 12 cases, 20/04/2020
35. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Prison Jefferson County Detention Facility, Indoor, 12 cases, 05/05/2020
36. Arapahoe, Colorado, United States, Landscaping, Keesen Landscaping, Indoor, 12 cases, 15/05/2020
37. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Littleton Care and Rehabilitation Center, Indoor, 12 cases, 07/04/2020
38. Denver, Colorado, United States, Parkview Care Center, Indoor, 12 cases, 11/04/2020
39. Denver, Colorado, United States, Porter Place Inc., Indoor, 12 cases, 18/05/2020
40. Broomfield, Colorado, United States, Sunrise at Flatirons, Indoor, 12 cases, 21/04/2020
41. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Inpatient psychiatry, West Pines-Senior Behavioral Health, Indoor, 12 cases, 11/05/2020
42. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Maintenance Services, ABM — Facility Services, Indoor, 11 cases, 29/05/2020
43. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Allison Care Center, Indoor, 11 cases, 17/04/2020
44. Denver, Colorado, United States, Belleview Suites at DTC, Assisted Living & Memory Care, Indoor, 11 cases, 22/05/2020
45. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Distribution/Marketing Service, Core-Mark International Inc., Indoor, 11 cases, 13/06/2020
46. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Landscaping, Greenways Landscape Services, Outdoor, 11 cases, 02/07/2020
47. Douglas County, Colorado, United States, Legacy Village of Castle Pines, LLC, Indoor, 11 cases, 07/07/2020
48. Montrose, Colorado, United States, Dog Food Plant, Prairie Dog Treats/Antlers, Indoor, 11 cases, 21/04/2020
49. Eagle County, Colorado, United States, Retail, Walmart, Indoor, 11 cases, 24/06/2020
50. Denver, Colorado, United States, Construction Site, Bespoke Uptown Project, Indoor/Outdoor, 10 cases, 20/05/2020
51. El Paso County, Colorado, United States, Bridge Tournament, Bridge Tournament, Indoor, 10 cases, 14/03/2020
52. Denver, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Brookdale Pinehurst Park, Indoor, 10 cases, 08/05/2020
53. Boulder, Colorado, United States, Circle Graphics, Indoor, 10 cases, 11/05/2020
54. Chaffee County, Colorado, United States, Columbine Manor Care Center, Indoor, 10 cases, 11/04/2020
55. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Educational Program, JBS Summer Internship Program, Indoor, 10 cases, 03/07/2020
56. El Paso County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Medallion Post-Acute Rehabilitation, Indoor, 10   cases, 06/07/2020
57. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Montage Ridge, Indoor, 10 cases, 06/04/2020
58. Denver, Colorado, United States, Shelter, People Experiencing Homelessness (Denver), Indoor, 10 cases, 01/05/2020
59. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Powerback Rehabilitation Lakewood, Indoor, 10 cases, 13/04/2020
60. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Meat processing, Redbird Farms, Indoor, 10 cases, 05/06/2020
61. Denver, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Sloan's Lake Rehabilitation Center, Indoor, 10 cases, 07/04/2020
62. Denver, Colorado, United States, Warehouse, Swire Coca-Cola, Indoor, 10 cases, 21/05/2020
63. Larimer County, Colorado, United States, Construction Site, The Standard at Fort Collins, Indoor/Outdoor, 10 cases, 29/05/2020
64. El Paso, Colorado, United States, Walmart, Indoor, 10 cases, 18/05/2020
65. Denver, Colorado, United States, Prison, Denver County Jail, Indoor, 32 cases, 12/05/2020
66. Denver, Colorado, United States. Rehabilitation/Medical, Denver North Care Center, Indoor, 48 cases, 04/07/2020
67. Denver, Colorado, United States, Shelter, Denver Rescue Mission — National Western Complex, Indoor, 19 cases, 05/01/2020
68. Douglas County, Colorado, United States, Prison, Douglas County Jail, Indoor, 10 cases, 28/04/2020
69. El Paso County, Colorado, United States, Overnight summer camp, Eagle Lake Overnight Camp, Indoor/Outdoor, 13 cases, 18/06/2020
70. San Miguel County, Colorado, United States, Office, Earth Tech West II, Ltd., Indoor, 14 cases, 24/06/2020
71. Brush, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, Indoor, 94 cases, 04/08/2020
72. Denver, Colorado, United States, Meat Processing, Empire Meats Denver Processing, Indoor, 20 cases, 23/04/2020
73. Morgan County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Evergreen Assisted Living, Indoor, 21 cases, 15/05/2020
74. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Fairacres Manor, Inc., Indoor, 47 cases, 24/03/2020
75. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Distribution center, Fedex Ground Henderson, Indoor, 13 cases, 06/05/2020
76. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Five Star Residences of Dayton Place, Indoor, 22 cases, 20/05/2020
77. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Grocery store, Food King, Indoor, 11 cases, 27/05/2020
78. Denver, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Forest Street Compassionate Care Center, Indoor, 52 cases, 18/04/2020
79. Alamosa, Colorado, United States, Office, Friday Health Plans, Indoor, 12 cases, 10/06/2020
80. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Indoor, 59 cases, 22/04/2020
81. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Gardens on Quail, Indoor, 36 cases, 14/07/2020
82. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Factory, Go Right PPL, Inc., polymer packaging, Indoor, 26 cases, 15/05/2020
83. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Meat processing JBS Greeley Plant, Indoor, 287 cases, 03/04/2020
84. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Food Manufacturer, Steven Roberts Original Desserts, Indoor, 128 cases, 15/05/2020
85. Morgan County, Colorado, United States, Meat processing, Cargill Meat Solutions, Indoor, 103 cases, 03/04/2020
86. Morgan County, Colorado, United States, Food Manufacturer, Leprino Foods — Fort Morgan, Indoor, 86 cases, 24/04/2020
87. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Orchard Park Health Care Center, Indoor, 56 cases, 14/04/2020
88. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Villa Manor Care Center, Indoor, 50 cases, 06/05/2020
89. El Paso County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Pikes Peak Center, Indoor, 48 cases, 20/04/2020
90. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Cherry Creek Nursing Center, Indoor, 47 cases, 03/04/2020
91. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Sierra Rehabilitation and Care Community, Indoor, 44 cases, 03/04/2020
92. Teller County, Colorado, United States, Event/group gathering, Andrew Wommack Ministries: Summer Family Bible Conference, Indoor, 38 cases, 13/07/2020
93. Colorado, United States, Prison, Sterling Correctional Facility, Indoor 38 cases, 14/04/2020
94. Boulder, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Peaks Care Center, Indoor, 34 cases, 12/04/2020
95. Adams Colorado, United States, Food Manufacturing, Del Monte, Indoor, 33 cases, 07/05/2020
96. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Julia Temple Healthcare Center, Indoor, 31 cases, 17/04/2020
97. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Mountain Vista Health Center, Indoor, 31 cases, 10/04/2020
98. Larimer County, Colorado, United States, Distribution Center, Walmart Distribution Center, Indoor, 31 cases, 15/05/2020
99. Alamosa, Colorado, United States, Agriculture, Colorado Mushroom Farm, Indoor, 28 cases, 06/05/2020
100. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Juniper Village at Aurora, Indoor, 28 cases, 11/04/2020
101. Broomfield, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Indoor, 27 cases, 24/04/2020
102. Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, Summer camp, Colorado Academy Summer Camps, Indoor, 27 cases, 08/07/2020
103. Denver, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Holly Heights Care Center, Indoor, 27 cases, 06/04/2020
104. Denver, Colorado, United States, Bakery, King Soopers Bakery, Indoor, 27 cases, 27/04/2020
105. Denver, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Highline Rehabilitation and Care Community, Indoor, 26 cases, 01/04/2020
106. Cheyenne County, Colorado, United States, Construction Site, Kit Carson School construction site, Indoor, 26 cases, 11/05/2020
107. Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States, Agriculture, Mountain King Potatoes, Outdoor, 26 cases, 14/05/2020
108. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Centennial Health Care Center, Indoor, 25 cases, 27/03/2020
109. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community, Indoor, 25 cases, 09/05/2020
110. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Sunrise at Orchard, Indoor, 25 cases, 21/04/2020
111. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Food Manufacturer, Custom Made Meals, Indoor, 24 cases, 27/04/2020
112. Yuma County, Colorado, United States, Potato Processing Plant, ProHealth, Indoor, 24 cases, 28/05/2020
113. Douglas County, Colorado, United States, Manufacturer, OraLabs, Hand sanitizer manufacturer, Indoor, 23 cases, 14/05/2020
114. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Prison, Weld County Jail, Indoor, 22 cases, 01/04/2020
115. Denver, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Brookshire House Rehabilitation and Care Community, Indoor, 21 cases, 15/04/2020
116. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, MorningStar at Jordan, Indoor, 21 cases, 05/05/2020
117. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab-Malley, Indoor, 20 cases, 05/05/2020
118. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, Indoor, 20 cases, 29/04/2020
119. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Food Packaging Industry, Green Chef — Hello Fresh, Indoor, 20 cases, 11/05/2020
120. Weld County, Colorado, United States, Food Manufacturer, Leprino Foods — Greeley, Indoor, 20 cases, 24/04/2020
121. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Grocery store, Mi Pueblo Market — Thornton, Indoor, 20 cases, 12/05/2020
122. Denver, Colorado, United States, Rehabilitation/Medical, Monaco Parkway Health and Rehabilitation Center, Indoor, 19 cases, 04/05/2020
123. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Cherrelyn Healthcare Center, Indoor, 18 cases, 06/04/2020
124. Denver, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Harvard Square Retirement Community, Indoor, 18 cases, 12/04/2020
125. Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States, Food processing, Hi-Land Potato Inc., Indoor, 18 cases, 26/05/2020
126. Denver, Colorado, United States, Building materials supplier, OrePac Building Products, Indoor, 18 cases, 14/05/2020
127. Adams County, Colorado, United States, Meat Processing, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, Indoor, 18 cases, 13/04/2020
128. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, University Heights Rehab And Care Community, Indoor, 18 cases, 14/04/2020
129. Denver, Colorado, United States, Photocopier Supplier, All Copy Products, Indoor, 17 cases, 20/07/2020
130. Boulder, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Boulder Manor, Indoor, 17 cases, 01/04/2020
131. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Brookdale Meridian Englewood, Indoor, 17 cases, 05/04/2020
132. Denver, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Juniper Village — The Spearly Center, Indoor, 17 cases, 05/05/2020
133. Larimer County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home Seven Lakes Memory Care, Indoor, 17 cases, 13/07/2020
134. Morgan County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Sunset Manor, Indoor, 17 cases, 30/04/2020
135. Garfield County, Colorado, United States, Construction Site, 701 E 5th St. Rifle, CO Construction Site, Indoor, 16 cases, 22/06/2020
136. Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Brookdale Greenwood Village, Indoor, 16 cases, 14/04/2020
137. Adams Colorado, United States, Nursing home, Clear Creek Care Center, Indoor, 16 cases, 08/04/2020

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