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COVID-19 outbreaks leveling off in Colorado, but more than 200 are ongoing, officials say

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Posted at 2:02 PM, May 20, 2020

DENVER — State health officials on Wednesday said COVID-19 outbreaks are leveling off across Colorado — and declining in senior and inpatient health care facilities — but more than 200 outbreaks remain active.

An outbreak is two or more cases in a facility or non-household group, such as a business, within a 14-day period. Colorado has had 248 outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 208 are ongoing.

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Outbreak data presented by the CDPHE on Wednesday.

Two new outbreaks in Wednesday's data included Home Depot stores in Glendale (2 employees) and Greenwood Village (4 employees), and a Lowe's store in Silverthorne (3 employees).

The outbreak at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, where 268 employees have tested positive and six have died, was still listed as active.

Three King Soopers stores and a King Soopers bakery were listed as having outbreaks. At the King Soopers in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, 11 employees have tested positive and one has died of the virus, officials said earlier this week.

The other King Soopers outbreaks — 11747 West Ken Caryl Ave., in Littleton, and 8126 South Wadsworth Blvd., in Littleton 8126, and the bakery in Denver — each have had four employees test positive. It wasn't clear where the bakery was located in Denver.

The largest outbreak remains at the Sterling Correctional Facility, a state prison, where 440 inmates have tested positive and two have died. Twenty-one prison employees have tested positive.

The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center in Denver has had 208 inmates test positive and 373 more with "probable" cases that aren't yet lab-confirmed. Three employees at the jail have tested positive.