Summit County reports 184 new cases of coronavirus over the week
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include an additional outbreak.
KEYSTONE — Summit County has had more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in March, according to the county’s coronavirus webpage.
The total number of cases is now 1,058, up 184 from Friday, Nov. 6. A total of 7,276 tests have been administered since the start of the pandemic, up 745 from last week.
The county’s case statistics continue to fall well within the stay-at-home threshold, according to the state’s COVID-19 dial dashboard. As of Friday, Nov. 13, the county was reporting a two-week incidence rate of 1,075 new cases per 100,000 people, which is an increase from last week of 248.1 cases per 100,000 people.
To be within or below the safer-at-home level orange designation, where Summit County currently resides, the county would have to be reporting 350 or fewer new cases per 100,000 people.
Despite an increase in testing, the county’s positivity rate continues to fall within the stay-at-home threshold, as well. The current positivity rate, or percentage of tests that return positive, is 16.3%, according to the dashboard. The county would need a positivity rate of 15% or less for its numbers to be in the level orange phase.
Although both of the data points are in stay-at-home levels, the county remains in level orange. State officials said this week that a stay-at-home order is a “last resort.” However, officials are asking everyone to avoid interacting with other households for the month of November.
The county’s hospitalizations continue to fall within the safer-at-home level green threshold. According to the county’s webpage, at total of 37 people have been hospitalized since March 5, which is two more than last week.
While Summit County’s hospital is not overrun, health officials say it’s important to note that many hospitals on the Front Range are reporting an increase in hospitalizations over the past 14 days. Many Summit County patients are transferred to those hospitals for care.
In the past week, the county has reported 11 outbreaks at the following locations:
- Three cases among a teacher and two students at Breckenridge Elementary
- Five cases at Sky Ranch Contractors in Silverthorne
- Two cases at Keystone River Run Housekeeping
- Three cases from a social gathering at Summit Cove
- Two cases at Hacienda Real in Frisco
- Three cases at Blue Valley Ski Rentals in Silverthorne
- Two cases at Alpine Dance Academy in Frisco
- Two cases at the Frisco Police Department
- Three cases at Open Arms Christian Lutheran Church in Breckenridge
- Four cases at Blue Stag Saloon in Breckenridge
- Two cases among kindergarten students at Frisco Elementary School
Frisco Elementary School has gone online until Nov. 30 as a result of the outbreak among kindergarteners and another outbreak among two students and parents that was reported Nov. 6.
Here is a list of current quarantines reported over the past week:
- Summit Cove Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 7 because of a positive case
- Frisco Elementary: Two quarantines Nov. 8 because of a positive case
- Silverthorne Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 8 because of a positive case
- Breckenridge Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 8 because of a positive case and one quarantine Nov. 12 because of students or staff members with symptoms of the virus
- Dillon Valley Elementary: Two quarantines Nov. 8 because of a positive case
- Summit Middle School: One quarantine Nov. 9 because of a positive case and one quarantine Nov. 13 because of students or staff members with symptoms
- Snowy Peaks: One quarantine Nov. 12 because of students or staff members with symptoms
- Silverthorne Elementary: One quarantine Nov. 12 because of students or staff members with symptoms and one quarantine Nov. 13 because of a positive case
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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