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Two more Colorado K-12 schools, two Greek organizations report COVID-19 outbreaks

Two more K-12 schools have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado, bringing the total to five since some districts resumed in-person classes in August.

Outbreaks also were linked to two fraternities – including one that previously had nine cases among its residents and guests in July.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment defines an outbreak as two or more cases linked to the same place or event, within two weeks. If multiple students tested positive on the first day of classes, it wouldn’t count as a school outbreak.

The two newly reported outbreaks were both in Fountain, in El Paso County. GOAL High School reported two staff cases, and Jordahl Elementary School reported two attendee cases. In schools, attendees most likely refer to students, though the state health department data doesn’t specifically list student cases.

One new outbreak also was linked to a private preschool, Primrose School at Lowry in Denver. Two staff members and one attendee tested positive. An additional 17 outbreaks have been linked to child care facilities around the state.

The three existing school outbreaks remained stable, with no new cases reported last week.

The only new college-level outbreaks over the last week were linked to Greek-life organizations. Pi Beta Phi, a sorority at University of Colorado Boulder, reported nine confirmed or probable cases among its residents. Cases are considered probable if students had coronavirus-like symptoms but didn’t have a positive test.

Kappa Sigma, a fraternity at Colorado State University, reported its second outbreak last week, with 13 confirmed or probable cases among people who visited their house. The previous outbreak, which infected seven residents and two visitors, was only declared over on Aug. 19.

Colorado College’s reported cases grew over the last week, with 11 confirmed cases and 21 probable cases. The college switched to online learning on Sept. 1 after identifying 10 student infections.

The largest active outbreaks in the state remained largely unchanged, except for a Denver nursing home replacing a Colorado Springs nursing home in the top 10:

  • Sterling Correctional Facility: 615 cases, three deaths (four new cases since last week)
  • Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, Denver: 582 cases, no deaths (14 new cases)
  • JBS meatpacking plant, Greeley: 293 cases, six deaths (no new cases)
  • Buena Vista Correctional Complex: 213 cases, no deaths (one new case)
  • People experiencing homelessness in Denver: 156 cases, no deaths (no new cases)
  • Pikes Peak Center nursing home, Colorado Springs: 146 cases, 26 deaths (no new cases)
  • Steven Roberts Original Desserts, Aurora: 141 cases, one death (two new cases)
  • Elms Haven Center, Thornton: 95 cases, 10 deaths (cases are lower than reported last week; three new deaths)
  • Manorcare Health Services, Denver: 83 cases, 14 deaths (no new cases)
  • Denver County Jail: 83 cases, no deaths (no new cases)

The totals include both confirmed and probable cases. The state health department declares an outbreak over when a location has gone four weeks without any new cases.