Two Colorado K-12 schools have reported outbreaks of the new coronavirus since restarting in-person classes earlier this month, both involving infected staff members.
While just two schools made the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s weekly outbreak list — updated Wednesday — more have found cases as they preemptively test students.
The state health department defines an outbreak as two or more cases of COVID-19 within two weeks that are linked to the same location or event.
Multiple students testing positive on the first day of school wouldn’t count as an outbreak — unless there was evidence they’d all gone to the same party a few days earlier, for example. If several students, or students and staff, test positive after spending time together in class and it appears likely the virus spread within the school, that would be an outbreak.
Compass Montessori, a charter school in Jefferson County, reported two cases among staff members earlier this week, and none among students. Battle Mountain High School, in Eagle County, also reported two staff cases.
Two of four outbreaks linked to Colorado universities that began over the summer are still ongoing: one linked to Colorado State University’s athletics program, and another linked to that school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Outbreaks among staff at University of Denver and athletes at University of Colorado are considered resolved, meaning no new cases were linked to those settings in at least four weeks.
So far, outbreaks involving children have been relatively rare in Colorado. Out of 590 outbreaks since March, there were 14 in child care centers, two in summer camps, and one each at a teen social gathering in Telluride, a religious conference aimed at adolescents and a youth sports league.
The largest new outbreaks were:
- Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, an inpatient treatment facility in Westminster: 32 cases
- iLending Direct, an office in Arapahoe County: 22 cases
- Sky Ranch Horn Creek, a camp in Custer County: 16 cases
- Vision en Movimiento, a workshop-style event in Denver: 13 cases
- The Landings, a construction site in Pueblo: 10 cases
Other notable new outbreaks included Fremont Correctional Facility, a Colorado Springs Police Department administrative office and Focus on the Family’s offices.
No deaths have been reported in connection with this week’s outbreaks.
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