Health Officials Announce Fifth Pueblo County Death to Covid-19

April 16, 2020 – Public health officials from the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment announced a fifth death of a Pueblo County resident related to COVID-19, that of a 67-year-old male who had previously been reported as a positive case in Pueblo County.

Public health officials also announced five new positive COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County. The new cases are 30-year-old female, 33-year-old female, 5-year-old male, 50-year-old female and a 77-year-old male.

Pueblo County now has a total of 78 confirmed positive cases among Pueblo County residents.

Nine additional positive cases are from individuals residing in other counties (one from Alamosa, one from Crowley County, one from Huerfano County, one from Douglas County, two from Fremont County, one from Rio Grande, one from Prowers and one from Custer County). There have been 610 tests administered in Pueblo County. There have been 509* negative results with 11 tests results still pending, and three tests unable to be read and determined unsatisfactory. To date, four Pueblo County residents have passed away.

Note that negative test results reflect only those reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and do not include those negatives results from tests administered through private labs).

Health officials think that it’s possible that there are ten times the amount of people with Covid-19 in Pueblo as only first responders, health care workers and those in the worst condition are tested. Governor Jared Polis will announce several days before the April 26th extended stay at home order deadline, what changes there will be in Colorado. He said data is now limited and lagging, and there aren’t enough tests in Colorado for decision making – and that the next few days and week is critical.

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