Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates from June 1, 2020

Posted at 5:17 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 07:56:16-04

NOTE: This is the live blog from Monday, June 1. Click here for the live blog for Tuesday, June 2.

Since the coronavirus broke out in Colorado, more than 4,300 people in the state have been hospitalized after testing positive for it, according to data released Sunday from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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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:

Monday, June 1

4 p.m. | Latest numbers of the coronavirus in Colorado

Nearly 1,200 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the state as of June 1, according to the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE). Here are the latest numbers from the CDPHE. Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.

26,577 positive cases (+199)
4,372 hospitalizations (+25)
60 counties (no change)
188,069 people tested (+4,122)
1,458 deaths among cases (+13)
1,185 deaths due to COVID-19 (+4)
282 outbreaks (+1)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 382 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 82 fewer beds than reported on Thursday.

3:31 p.m. | Gov. Polis issues executive order transitioning to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order transitioning the state from a safer-at-home order to a "safer at home and in the vast, great outdoors."

The order encourages Coloradans to stay at home or go out in the great outdoors, so long as the maintain proper social distancing of six feet and stay away from others as much as possible while continuing to limit social interactions to no more than 10 people. The order also mandates everyone to wear a mask or face covering while out in public, unless you're exercising.

Under the new order, high-risk Coloradans are now encouraged to enjoy Colorado's outdoors at a safe social distance in addition to staying home as much as possible. Previously, those 65 and over, and people with underlying conditions were told to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

The new executive order is effective until July 1, 2020 and may be extended.

2:11 p.m. | Denver to resume some parking enforcement activities starting Monday

Starting Monday, the City of Denver will resume some - but not all - parking enforcement activities that were suspended in March due to the city’s response to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order.

Downtown-area parking meters will be turned on and operational between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. People utilizing a metered parking space downtown must pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. starting June 1. Downtown parking meters will be free of charge from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Parking meters outside of the downtown area will be turned back on and will operate at the price and time limits posted on the meters. People utilizing meters located outside of downtown should pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits.

Enforcement of time-limited, non-metered parking spaces and residential parking programs will resume. Residents who are eligible for residential parking permits should apply now and can check their eligibility at Existing permit holders are encouraged to renew expired permits. For those who are eligible for residential parking permits but who are unable to provide necessary documentation due to COVID-19, DOTI can issue 90-day temporary permits via an online application.

11:58 a.m. | CDPHE projects lowered social distancing will lead to spike by mid summer

Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are projecting a relaxation of social distancing will lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases by mid-summer. During a Zoom conference Monday, officials predicted that continued lax of social distancing guidelines to lower levels (45%) will lead to a surge of sick people that could exceed hospital capacity in the coming months. This model holds true even if implemented with mask wearing, increased case detection and isolation, and higher levels of social distancing by all older adults, officials said. They predict that in most scenarios, the next peak will be larger than the April peak.

The CDPHE said there is a continued need for social distancing of at least 65% of the population unless most people 60 years and older maintain high levels of social distancing as seen during the stay-at-home period (80%).

Officials also said they won't know the impact of the spread of the virus from recent large gatherings of people during protests for George Floyd for another two weeks.

8:30 a.m. | CDPHE to hold a press conference

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. to discuss the current status of the COVID-19 in Colorado and the latest modeling data.

7:10 a.m. | City of Aurora’s annual 4th of July Spectacular event canceled

The city of Aurora has canceled its annual 4th of July Spectacular, which was scheduled for July 4 at Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn with attendees watching the fireworks from nearby Bicentennial Park. The city cited the reason as the coronavirus pandemic.

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