Colorado deaths rise to 140; Aurora, Arapahoe County COVID-19 cases climbing


AURORA | A member of Colorado’s Unified Command Group at the State Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, just outside Aurora, has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials say.

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the worker tested positive on Saturday.

Spokeswoman Micki Trost said staffers who determine they worked in the same area in the last 48 hours are being told to self-quarantine.

Trost said medical screenings of staff are being increased from once daily to twice a day. A decontamination service cleans the facility daily.

Colorado has 4,950 confirmed cases and 140 deaths because of the virus, according to state health department officials.

Sunday, April 5 COVID-19 summary

4,950 cases
924 hospitalized
54 counties
25,773 people tested
140 deaths
37 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

In the greater Aurora region, Tri-County Health Department officials reported 1,212 cases as of Sunday at 4 p.m. Of those confirmed cases, 392 of those in Aurora. Tri-County reported 27 deaths in Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties.

For the first time, Tri-County has highlighted COVID-19 cases attributed to homeless patients, 3. Health officials also designated 3 cases determined in the area but were “non-resident.”

Of all the confirmed cases in the Tri-County region, almost have required hospitalization, Tri-County reports. Of those, 122 were sent to intensive care units. Data about recover and release from hospitalization is not available.

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday urged Colorado residents to raid their t-shirt drawers and create makeshift face coverings intended to be worn in all public places for the foreseeable future.

Sporting a black face mask bearing the new state logo, Polis urged Coloradans to cover their mouths and noses with cloth whenever they leave their homes in an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

“When you’re out of the home you should use a mask at all times,” Polis said.