Boulder County reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, one death

Kelsey Hammon, Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.
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Mar. 6—There were about 58,000 Boulder County residents who became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine Friday as the state entered its next phase of inoculation: 1B.3.

At the same time, Gov. Jared Polis announced that he would be extending Colorado's mandatory mask order for at least 30 days, as the virus continues to spread and hinder lives across the state, country and globe.

Boulder County on Friday reported one additional coronavirus death and 56 new cases. Angela Simental, Boulder County Public Health spokesperson, said the person who died was in their 80s and a resident of a long-term care facility. The death brings the county's total death toll to 248.

To date, Boulder County Public Health data shows that there have been 19,188 cases. The number of people in the hospital because of COVID-19 continued to drop, with nine people in Boulder County hospitals as of Friday. Data showed that on Monday 21 people were in the hospital. There have been 589 residents hospitalized overall.

Phase 1B.3 begins

Across the state on Friday — a day that marked Colorado's one-year battle against the virus, there were 958,000 Coloradans who became eligible for the vaccine under the 1B.3 category.

In a news release Friday, Boulder County Public Health officials encouraged people who work in grocery stores and in agricultural jobs to sign up to be inoculated through their employer, health care provider or pharmacy. People 16 to 59 who have more than two high risk conditions are also eligible. Those who need assistance in getting connected with a vaccine provider are encouraged to connect with the Boulder County Call Center at 720-776-0822.

Boulder County Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Campbell said in the release that the vaccine supply is still limited and that "it will take some time for appointments to be available to those eligible in phase 1B.3."

People in 1A and 1B.2 phases are also still eligible to get the vaccine if they haven't yet been inoculated. Public health officials noted in a Facebook post this week that vaccine providers are prioritizing those who have been eligible the longest.

The state's next vaccine phase, which includes roughly 2.5 million Coloradans and 150,000 Boulder County residents in frontline jobs, is anticipated for mid-to-late March, the release said.

Variants in Boulder County

The Colorado Department of Public Health said that, as of Friday, Boulder County has six B.1.1.7 variants of concern. This form of variant was first detected in the United Kingdom. There are also 11 L452R variant cases in the county under investigation. This form of variant was first detected in Denmark. Statewide, the CDPHE reported that there are 190 variant cases of concern and 88 variant cases that are under investigation.

"Some variants identified in Colorado so far do appear to be more easily spread which introduces the chance for increase rates in a community," state officials wrote in an email. "It is hard to anticipate how introduction of a variant in a community will affect rates overall. We recommend continued masking, distancing, and other measures to prevent spread of variants and other circulating viruses."

While other states announced plans to drop mask orders this month, Polis said Friday that he was extending the state's mandatory mask order for at least 30 days. In the order, Polis said that "current data shows a recent increase in COVID infections," and that masks are a cost-effective way to reduce transmission, giving the state a way to prevent re-closing businesses and schools.

School cases

The University of Colorado Boulder reported that there were three positive test results discovered during testing Thursday, according to the university's dashboard. There were also 122 diagnostic and 1,838 monitoring tests taken. Nine on-campus isolation spaces are in use, which is 2% of the campus' isolation reserve. Since Jan. 4, there have been 349 positive test results; 6,040 diagnostic tests and 43,449 monitoring tests taken.

In the Boulder Valley School District, there are 31 active cases and 390 quarantines among 344 students and 46 staff, according to the district's dashboard.

The St. Vrain Valley School District reported 63 active cases, among 52 students and 11 staff, the district dashboard showed. Throughout the school year there have been 909 cases among 668 students and 241 staff. District data, updated Friday morning, showed that there are 844 quarantines in place across 761 students and 83 staff.

Statewide, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that there have been 434,654 cases. There have been 5,995 deaths because of COVID-19. There have been 23,863 people hospitalized. Of Colorado's more than 5.7 million population, there have been 2,604,007 people tested.

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Boulder Valley School District cases and quarantines

BVSD elementary schools

— Alicia Sanchez: 1 active case; 17 students and 4 staff quarantined

— Columbine: 1 active case; 15 students and 3 staff quarantined

— Douglass: 1 active case; 25 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Emerald: 1 active case; 1 student quarantined

— Fireside: 1 active case; 18 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Foothill: 2 active cases; 33 students and 9 staff quarantined

— Pioneer: 1 active case; 26 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Ryan: 2 active cases; 49 students and 7 staff quarantined

BVSD middle schools

— Angevine: 1 active case; 12 students quarantined

— Centennial: 2 active cases; 25 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Halcyon 6-12 special education: 1 active case; 5 students and 4 staff quarantined

— Manhattan: 1 active case; 4 students quarantined

BVSD high schools

— Boulder: 3 active cases; 4 students quarantined

— Broomfield: 2 active cases; 1 student quarantined

— Centaurus: 5 active cases; 68 students and 8 staff quarantined

— Fairview: 1 active case; 4 students quarantined

BVSD athletics

— Centaurus Athletics: 1 active case

Other

— Bus route- Centaurus High School/Louisville Elementary/Meadowlark: 1 active case; 20 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Bus route- Fireside/Broomfield Heights Middle School: 1 active case; 3 students and 2 staff quarantined

— Meadowlark PK-8: 1 active case; 14 students and 3 staff

— Transpo-Boulder: 1 active case; 1 staff member quarantined

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St. Vrain Valley School District cases and quarantines

SVVSD elementary schools

— Alpine: 1 student and 1 staff case; 14 students and 3 staff quarantined

— Black Rock: 1 staff case; 2 students and 2 staff quarantined

— Blue Mountain: 1 student case; 1 student quarantined

— Burlington: 2 students quarantined

— Centennial: 2 student cases; 34 students and 2 staff quarantined

— Central: 31 students and 4 staff quarantined

— Columbine: 2 students quarantined

— Eagle Crest: 1 student case; 2 students quarantined

— Grand View: 1 student case; 55 students and 6 staff quarantined

— Hygiene: 1 staff member quarantined

— Lyons: 2 student cases

— Mead: 7 students quarantined

— Northridge: 1 student case; 21 students and 4 staff quarantined

— Niwot: 2 students quarantined

— Prairie Ridge: 27 students quarantined

— Red Hawk: 1 student case; 26 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Rocky Mountain: 2 staff quarantined

— Sanborn: 1 student quarantined

SVVSD middle schools

— Altona: 2 student cases; 48 students and 2 staff quarantines

— Coal Ridge: 1 student case; 3 students quarantined

— Erie: 1 student case; 7 students and 2 staff quarantined

— Longs Peak: 2 student cases; 31 students and 2 staff quarantined

— Mead: 6 student cases; 55 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Sunset: 3 students quarantined

— Trail Ridge: 2 student cases; 3 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Westview: 4 staff quarantines

SVVSD high schools

— Erie: 5 student cases; 33 students and 3 staff quarantined

— Frederick: 4 student cases; 27 students quarantined

— Longmont: 2 student cases; 2 students quarantined

— Mead: 2 student cases; 17 students quarantined

— Niwot: 5 student cases; 9 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Olde Columbine: 2 staff quarantined

— Silver Creek: 2 students and 3 staff cases; 16 students and 4 staff quarantined

— Skyline: 3 student cases; 3 students and 1 staff quarantined

Other

— LaunchED Virtual Academy: 1 student case; 2 students quarantined

— Soaring Heights PK-8: 5 students and 1 staff case; 178 students and 10 staff quarantined

— Spark! Discovery Preschool: 1 student quarantined

— Timberline PK-8: 1 staff case; 90 students and 1 staff quarantined

— Thunder Valley PK-8: 6 students quarantined

— Central Administration: 3 staff cases; 23 staff quarantined

— Innovation: 1 staff quarantined