Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for March 1-March 7, 2021

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More than 428,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,476 have been hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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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:

Monday, March 1

4:17 p.m. | Latest COVID-19 data

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for Colorado, as of 4 p.m. Mondauy, with the change from Sunday in parentheses:

429,839 cases (+1,536)
23,550 hospitalized (+74)
64 counties (+0)
2,581,721 people tested (+4,366)
6,229,855 test encounters (+13,654)
5,952 deaths among cases (+1)
5,903 deaths due to COVID-19 (+29)
3,893 outbreaks (+6)

The latest hospital data showed 427 beds in use by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients, 23 more than Sunday. Colorado’s seven-day positivity rate was 3.40% on Sunday. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Sunday, 913,102 Coloradans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 482,442 people had received two doses.

3:50 p.m. | CDPHE gives update on long-term care facility vaccinations

State officials on Monday reported a “dramatic decrease” in COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities, where 88% of residents have been vaccinated and 66% of staffers have been vaccinated. All long-term care facilities in the state have received the vaccine, according to state officials.

“An absolutely dramatic decrease in cases at long term care facilities” has been occurring since vaccinations began,” CDPHE incident commander Scott Bookman said at a news conference Monday.

1:45 p.m. | Polis calls for Congressional delegation to extend critical benefits

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday called on Colorado’s U.S. congressional delegation to work to make sure federal benefit programs are extended before they expire this month.

Assistance programs that help more than 100,000 Coloradans are set to expire March 14.

“While Colorado is appreciative for the immediate aid provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act in December, the continued uncertainty regarding the extension and funding of federal unemployment programs for Coloradans makes it difficult to plan for basic needs and unexpected costs,” Polis wrote in a letter. “As you know, more than 18 million Americans are now collecting unemployment benefits, including $300 weekly supplemental payments that began in January. In just a few weeks, these crucial supplemental federal benefits will expire. Among one of the provisions in the American Rescue Plan is an increase in the supplemental weekly jobless benefits until August 29th, 2021. It is imperative that we avoid an interruption in these benefits and pass an extension that lines up with the programs from the Consolidated Appropriations Act to ensure programming can continue as seamlessly as possible.”

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