Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates from June 2, 2020

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 08:07:24-04

NOTE: This is the live blog from Tuesday, June 2. Click here for the live blog for Wednesday, June 3.

On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis 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.

READ MORE: List of Colorado businesses that are open

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:

Tuesday, June 2

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus numbers from CDPHE

The latest data from the state shows more than 1,200 people have died of COVID-19 in Colorado. Here are the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day:

26,788 positive cases (+211)
4,419 hospitalizations (+47)
60 counties (no change)
190,700 people tested (+2,631)
1,474 deaths among cases (+16)
1,228 deaths due to COVID-19 (+43)
284 outbreaks (+2)

The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 394 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 12 more beds than reported on Monday.

1:03 p.m. Denver expands access to free COVID-19 testing

People who do not currently have COVID-19 symptoms but believe they have been exposed to someone with the virus, or have been deemed essential by their employers, are now eligible to register for a free test, the City and County of Denver announced Tuesday.

The drive-up testing site is located in the Prius parking lot on the far west side of the Pepsi Center. Access the entrance at 7th Street and Auraria Parkway.

Residents should register online before coming to the site and bring a document that verifies their name such as a photo ID (current or expired), RTD pass, EBT card, school ID, phone or utility bill, or library card.

The site has been testing more than 400 people each day since it opened on May 22, with the ability to increase that capacity as needed. Results are available within three to four days by registering on the LabCorp website, downloading the LabCorp app to a smartphone or by calling the Denver Health NurseLine at 303-389-1876. Those who call the NurseLine for results over the phone will have to provide the testing ID number given to them the day of their test.

9:15 a.m. Office of Outdoor Recreation partners with The North Face Partner to protect, feed Colorado communities

As more Coloradans turn to the state’s outdoors for a much-needed release, Colorado’s Search and Rescue Association (CSAR) has experienced a dramatic increase in demand for their services. In addition, there's a lack of available personal protective equipment to help them serve those in distress.

The North Face and Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry office have collaborated to help CSAR acquire the face masks, gloves, and other PPE to ensure the safety of their members and of those needing their assistance.

This North Face partnership also includes direct financial assistance for food banks in La Plata, Chaffee, Routt, and Mesa Counties. These four counties’ heavy dependence on tourism and outdoor recreation were among the hardest hit during the initial impact of COVID-19 in Colorado.

5 a.m. | City of Black Hawk cancels fireworks

The City of Black Hawk has postponed it annual 4th of July Boom Town fireworks show. On Monday, Aurora and Adams County canceled their Fourth of July fireworks.

Click here for the live blog from Monday, June 1.