Update: Summit County reports 172 new virus cases, 6 hospitalizations, 1 death over the week
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a newly reported death from COVID-19.
FRISCO — Summit County reported 172 new cases, six hospitalizations and one death from the novel coronavirus over the week, according to the county’s coronavirus webpage.
A 71-year-old woman died Wednesday, Nov. 18, at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center from respiratory failure due to the virus, according to a news release. The woman had tested positive for the virus prior to her death. It’s the third death from the virus in Summit County since the pandemic began.
In addition to the three deaths from the virus, the county has reported two deaths among people who died of other causes but tested positive for the virus.
This is the first week since Sept. 10 that the county has reported fewer new cases than the week before. Last week, the county reported 184 new cases of the virus from Nov. 6-13.
The total number of cases since the pandemic began now sits at 1,230 and 43 people have been hospitalized since March 5.
The county’s COVID-19 dial metrics pushed it into level red this week, imposing near-shutdown level restrictions. However, there is some good news as the county’s testing positivity rate has dropped over the week.
The positivity rate, which is the percentage of positive test results out of total tests, is now at 12.3%, according to the state’s dial dashboard. That’s a drop of 4% from last week.
Despite six new hospitalizations, one of the highest weekly numbers since the pandemic began, the county remains in level green for its hospital data. Level green requires no more than two new hospitalizations on a single day in the past 14 days.
The two-week cumulative incidence rate remains the problem statistic in Summit County. As of Friday, Nov. 20, the rate was at 1,143 new cases per 100,000 people. To be within level orange, the county would need to be reporting an incidence rate of 350 or fewer new cases per 100,000 people.
In the past week, the county reported 12 outbreaks at the following locations:
- Four cases at Bread + Salt in Frisco
- Two cases at The Goat in Keystone
- Three cases at Downstairs at Eric’s in Breckenridge
- Four cases at RGB in Breckenridge
- Two cases among a Frisco Elementary first grade cohort
- Three cases among a Breckenridge Elementary first grade cohort
- Three cases at Breckenridge Grand Vacations Infinity Spa
- Three cases at Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District
- Two cases at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply in Silverthorne
- Four cases from a Halloween gathering in Breckenridge
- Two cases from a birthday party in Frisco
- Two cases at Alpine Dance Academy in Frisco
The Summit School District reported nine quarantines at the following schools:
- Dillon Valley Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 14 due to a positive case, one Nov. 15 due to a positive case, one Nov. 17 due to a positive case and one Nov. 19 due to a positive case
- Silverthorne Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 15 due to a positive case
- Summit Cove Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 16 due to students or staff with symptoms
- Summit High School: One quarantine Nov. 16 due to a positive case and two quarantines Nov. 18 due to students or staff with symptoms
- Summit Middle School: One quarantine Nov. 17 due to a positive case
The district announced Friday that it would be doing online only instruction for the three weeks of class following Thanksgiving break.
The following places offer testing for the virus in Summit County:
• Centura Health’s Centers for Occupational Medicine in Frisco: Testing available daily by appointment at the Vista Professional Building. To schedule an appointment, call 970-668-5584.
• State testing in Silverthorne: Drive-thru testing available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 464-478 E. Fourth St. in the overflow parking lot by the Silverthorne Recreation Center. No appointment, insurance or identification is required to be tested.
• Vail Health testing in Frisco: Testing is available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Old Community Center, 110 Third Ave. To book an appointment, email email@example.com including name, phone number, a copy of photo ID and front and back copies of a health insurance card.
Anyone who has been tested because of exposure to the virus is required to quarantine for 14 days regardless of test result, Public Health Director Amy Wineland said.
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