Las Animas County’s sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported by the Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department Thursday.
The district health department reported the virus was found in a man in his 50s and he has been admitted to a Pueblo hospital.
The health department relaxed restrictions on restaurant dining and camping this week.
The Unified Command Center for the state of Colorado recently detailed the distribution of personal protective equipment throughout the state.
Las Animas County received 6,300 N95 masks, 4,000 KN95 masks, 5,150 surgical masks, 980 face shields, 6,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 latex gloves. Huerfano County, meanwhile received 1,840 N95 masks, 2,000 KN95 masks, 8,500 surgical masks and 1,076 face shields.
Las Animas County election offices also received 101 masks, 80 bottles of hand sanitizer and two thermometers. Huerfano County election offices received 124 masks, five bottles of hand sanitizer and two thermometers.
Earlier the state also released new modeling data from the Colorado School of Public Health. The report provides an estimate of the degree of distancing that Coloradans have achieved so far. It also provides projections based on various policy scenarios around physical distancing, mask-wearing, and improved case detection and containment.
Some key findings from that report include:
— Mobility has continued to increase in Colorado. Mobility, as measured by time spent away from home using anonymized and aggregated mobile device data, was lowest in early April and has been increasing steadily since mid-April.
— COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined in Colorado since mid-April as a result of the statewide Stay at Home order, which went into effect at the end of March. Researchers have only been able to measure one week of the Safer at Home policy period, so far. Whether the decline will continue is not certain.
— The estimated net effect of physical distancing, mask-wearing, and case isolation has been to reduce the reproductive number below 1 during the state-wide Stay at Home order, which ended statewide on April 26 and was extended to May 8 for six counties of the Denver metro region.
— It is too early to say with confidence what the impact of the transition to Safer at Home has been on the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in Colorado. There is an approximate 13-day lag between infection and hospitalization, the indicator that guides the modeling. Additionally, the change to Safer at Home was not abrupt (e.g., retail did not open until May 4) and approximately 50 percent of the state’s population remained under Stay at Home through May 8 because of the extension of Stay at Home in six counties of the Metro-Denver region. The modeling team anticipates the earliest they will be able to make preliminary estimates as to the impact of the transition to Safer at Home statewide will be May 29.
— The updated modeling results in this report continue to indicate that all control measures available, including relatively high levels of physical distancing need to be utilized. Increases in case detection and isolation, mask-wearing, and physical distancing of approximately 65 percent can prevent a surge in infections in excess of hospital capacity in the coming summer months.
— If Colorado moves to lower levels of physical distancing (55 percent), older adults need to maintain physical distancing at the level seen during the Stay at Home in order to avoid exceeding hospital capacity. If only half of older adults adopt high levels of physical distancing under a 55 percent physical distancing scenario, the state is at risk of exceeding hospital capacity this summer. The modeling imply that policy measures should continue to emphasize the need for older adults to adopt measures to minimize their close physical contacts outside of their homes, thereby reducing their risk for infection, hospitalization, and death and preventing exceedance of hospital capacity.
— Relaxation of physical distancing to lower levels (45 percent) is predicted to lead to a surge in sick people in excess of hospital capacity by mid-summer, even if implemented with mask-wearing, increased case detection and isolation, and higher levels of social distancing by all older adults.
— Around mid-August, the date at which schools generally open, the epidemic curves under all scenarios will rise.
—For more information visit the Colorado website at covid19.colorado.gov