Colorado confirms 13 more deaths related to coronavirus as positive cases top 2,000
Colorado health officials on Saturday announced 13 more deaths from the novel coronavirus in the state, while more than 2,000 people have tested positive for the highly infectious respiratory illness.
At least 44 people have died in Colorado in connection with COVID-19, with an additional 274 hospitalized. There are also 10 outbreaks at residential and nonhospital health care facilities, nine of which state officials identified Friday night for the first time after a Denver Post open-records request.
The 2,061 total cases — an increase of 327 people from Friday — come from 44 counties, as the state inches closer to confirming at least one case in every county. More than 13,000 people have been tested. Health officials and Gov. Jared Polis have warned repeatedly that these numbers are far below the actual number of cases.
The new numbers come a day after Polis offered grave predictions and a stark call to action, estimating thousands of Coloradans could die if strong physical distancing measures are not followed. The governor reminded people that his stay-at-home order, issued Wednesday, will not show results for about two weeks.
In the meantime, cases will continue to climb as hospitals gird for a possible surge in patients.
Meanwhile, more and more Coloradans continue to file for unemployment, as businesses are forced to lay off workers in the face of the global crisis. The $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package, signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, will send some money to the state as well as checks to individuals in the near future.