Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates for June 3, 2020

Posted at 6:06 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 07:53:32-04

NOTE: This is the live blog from Wednesday, June 3. Click here for the live blog for Thursday, June 4.

Colorado has had 26,788 positive cases of the novel coronavirus since early May, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Of those people, 4,419 have been hospitalized.

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Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.

Latest updates:

Wednesday, June 3

4 p.m. | More than 27,000 coronavirus cases in Colorado

As of Wednesday, June 3, Colorado reported 27,060 positive cases of the novel coronavirus. Here are the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Note: The (+) denotes a chage in cases from the previous day.

27,060 positive cases (+272)
4,443 hospitalizations (+24)
60 counties (no change)
194,697 people tested (+3,997)
1,494 deaths among cases (+20)
1,254 deaths due to COVID-19 (+26)
292 outbreaks (+8)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 388 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 6 fewer beds than reported on Tuesday.

1:20 p.m. | CDPHE introduces guidance for outdoor recreation, new AmeriCorps partnership for contact tracing

As Colorado continues to rebound from the novel coronavirus, the state is looking ahead to the next steps and keeping in mind that while many Coloradans are seeking outdoor fun, the virus is still spreading.

Continued testing will remain a major focus, as will contact tracing. On Tuesday, the state announced a partnership with AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to enhance Colorado’s disease investigation contact tracing and resource navigation capacity.

In addition, the Department of Natural Resources is asking outdoor enthusiasts to plan seriously when they head outside.

“Pack like you’re going to the moon,” a spokesman said.

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1:15 p.m. | Weld County Jail testing every inmate

The Weld County Jail is now testing every inmate for coronavirus, the sheriff's office announced. The jail has had 12 cases among inmates and 20 among employees, according to state data. The sheriff's office requested 1,500 testing kits from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the kits arrived Tuesday. Turnkey Health Clinics will administer the tests to all 468 inmates in the jail this week.

New inmates will also be tested.

"We want to know how widespread COVID-19 truly is in the facility and determine if the protocols we began to implement in late February successfully mitigated the spread of coronavirus in the jail," Sheriff Steve Reams said.

8 a.m. | CDPHE holds remote meeting on outdoor recreation under new safer-at-home order

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold a remote media availability at 11 a.m. Dan Gibbs, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, will share an update on outdoor recreation under the new safer-at-home order and Sarah Tuneberg wth the COVID-19 Innovation Response Team will be available to answer questions about testing.

5:30 a.m. | Funds raised from volunteer aviator flyover in May

On May 14, about 40 volunteer aviators flew around the Denver metro area for an Aerial Fundraising Parade to raise awareness and revenue for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.

This fundraising effort generated more than $860,000 in contributions from more than 1,000 individuals, businesses and foundations across Colorado.

In addition, the Help Colorado Now website, created to provide resources regarding COVID-19 relief efforts, received 9,000 visitors that day.

“People are stepping up in a big way to help their fellow Coloradoans and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Danielle Oliveto, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Jared Polis. “Visits to and contributions climbed following the May flyover to salute and support our frontline and essential workers. We are thankful to all the businesses and individuals for their contributions to the Help Colorado Now relief fund during this challenging time for our state and are deeply grateful to the private pilots and professionals who donated their talents, services and equipment to ensure the Aerial Fundraising Parade would be successful.”

Click here for the live blog from Tuesday, June 2.