Coronavirus in Colorado, May 23: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

On Friday, Colorado public health officials gave Douglas County the OK to reopen restaurants, gyms, houses of worship and the Park Meadows mall at 50% occupancy. This is the first time CDPHE gave a safer-at-home order variance to a metro-area county.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 deaths have been directly attributed to COVID-19 and more than 1,300 have been associated with the illness. Health officials also announced that there were more than 23,000 confirmed cases and nearly 145,000 people had been tested.

Throughout the day, we will share the latest coverage from Denver Post journalists on the coronavirus outbreak on this page. Also, bear in mind The Denver Post relies on support from its readers to provide this in-depth coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, so please consider buying a subscription if you haven’t already.

Here are the updates from May 21.

What’s new

  • Douglas County restaurants, houses of worship, gyms and Park Meadows mall can partially reopen after state grants variance
  • Suicides in Colorado dropped 40% during first 2 months of coronavirus pandemic — but calls to crisis line spiked
  • Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond


  • These Colorado grocery stores, retail outlets and restaurants have coronavirus outbreaks
  • More symptoms, no slam-dunk drugs: What we now know — and still don’t know — about the coronavirus
  • These Colorado cities and counties require masks be worn in public places
  • These Colorado counties have extended their stay-at-home orders
  • Frequently asked questions about coronavirus in Colorado
  • Coronavirus timeline: An in-depth look at COVID-19 in Colorado
  • Colorado coronavirus map: Where are cases being reported?
  • Colorado unemployment FAQ: How to apply, details about missing PINs and more
  • Do I have the coronavirus? Here’s what to do if you’re not sure.
  • Colorado coronavirus housing FAQ: Resources for renters and homeowners
  • How social distancing works and what it means for you
  • Inside Colorado’s growing anti-shutdown movement

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