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COVID-19 outbreaks in Larimer County remained in a holding pattern during the last week of January as the county reported a dozen new outbreaks while 10 others moved into resolved status.
Larimer County now has 69 active outbreaks, according to data from the county and state health departments. That’s slightly up from 67 outbreaks from the prior week but still lower than the volume seen earlier in late December and early January, as lagging impacts of the November-December case surge catapulted active outbreaks into triple digits.
Tracking COVID:Larimer County and Colorado case, vaccine and hospital data
There are 1,517 confirmed cases associated with the active outbreaks reported in this week’s list, which is up six cases from last week. That doesn’t include cases associated with Colorado State University, which increased from 1,647 to 1,714 in health department data released this week. Spring semester started last week.
Of the 12 newly reported outbreaks, three reported five or more COVID-19 cases in data listed by the county and state health departments: Ravencrest Bible School in Estes Park, with 32 cases; Garden Square at Spring Creek assisted living in Fort Collins, with 11 cases; and Aqua Spas hot tub store in Fort Collins, with seven cases.
The outbreak at Garden Square at Spring Creek, 1000 E. Stuart St., includes 16 cases among residents and four case among staff, said Annaliese Impink, spokesperson for SAVA, owner of the assisted living center. The number of residents testing positive is double what the state reported this week.
According to state and county data, eight residents and three staff members tested positive in an outbreak that was confirmed Jan. 18. It is not uncommon for county and state data to lag as outbreaks grow.
All of the residents were asymptomatic and none were hospitalized, Impink said. They are all still in their recovery period.
Garden Square is attached to Spring Creek nursing home but reports separately. Spring Creek Healthcare Center has reported 45 total cases — 27 residents and 18 staff members — and one death from COVID-19, according to state and county data. That’s up from 37 cases listed in last week’s data.
Impink said it is unclear how the virus came into Garden Square.
“It is an assisted living facility and the residents are their own responsible party and have left the center on their own at times despite guidance not to do so,” she said in an email. “We cannot prevent them from going out of the center.”
Residents and staff are tested twice a week and, as of Friday, all staff and 96% of residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Impink said.
The outbreak at Aqua Spas, 6024 S. College Ave., was first confirmed on Jan. 18, according to state and county data. The store shut down for 10 days after the outbreak and just reopened on Monday.
Matt Davis, vice president of Aqua Spas, said employees work at different stores in the region and those at the Fort Collins location may have contracted the virus at an employee meeting from an asymptomatic co-worker. “We really don’t know,” Davis said.
All stores have been professionally cleaned and disinfected, he said. All employees and customers are required to wear masks, the store has ample hand sanitizer and it sanitizes pens used for customers, Davis said.
At Ravencrest Bible School, cases included 25 students and seven staff. The outbreak was confirmed Jan. 20. The residential program is designed primarily for college-aged students, according to the facility’s website. Ravencrest officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Smaller new outbreaks were reported at Panhandler’s Pizza, Sherwin-Williams paint store, Specialty Appliance retail store, Fort Collins High School and Dunn Real Estate in Fort Collins; The Rock Inn and The Wild Rose Food & Spirits in Estes Park; and Group Publishing and Glen Companies in Loveland.
Among the larger active outbreaks, Spring Creek Healthcare Center in Fort Collins, Liberty Common Charter School in Fort Collins and Walmart Distribution Center in Loveland saw increases in their case counts this week.
Liberty Common saw an increase from 32 cases last week to 52 cases in this week’s data. Remote learning began Monday for Liberty Common students in grades 7-12 after the spike in COVID-19 cases among its high school students, according to its website.
All high school athletics and in-person extracurricular activities at Liberty Common are suspended until Feb. 8.
The outbreak at Walmart Distribution Center increased from 96 to 106 cases since last week, according to state data.
Active COVID-19 outbreaks in Larimer County
Note: Asterisks indicate outbreaks newly reported since Jan. 21. Bold entries indicate outbreaks with 10 or more confirmed and probable cases, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
- Anheuser Busch Brewery, Fort Collins
- *Aqua Spas (retailer), Fort Collins
- Berthoud Living Center senior living provider
- Blevins Middle School, Fort Collins
- Blue Spruce Temporary Shelter, Fort Collins
- Boltz Middle School, Fort Collins
- Broadcom Inc., Fort Collins
- Canyon Bakehouse (food manufacturing and packaging facility), Johnstown
- Center at Rock Creek skilled nursing facility, Fort Collins
- Centre Avenue Health and Rehab, Fort Collins
- Cheba Hut, Fort Collins (925 S. Taft Hill Road)
- Colorado State University
- Columbine West Health & Rehab Facility: November 2020
- Costco, Timnath
- Courtyard of Loveland Assisted Living
- Creative Foam (manufacturing/warehouse), Berthoud
- DaVinci Sign Systems LLC, Windsor
- *Dunn Real Estate, Fort Collins
- Ed Carroll Motor Co.
- Elk Ridge Dentistry, Estes Park
- Fort Collins Health Care Center senior living center
- *Fort Collins High School
- Fort Collins Police Services
- Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins
- *Garden Square at Spring Creek assisted living, Fort Collins
- *Glen Companies, Loveland
- Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village (retirement community)
- *Group Publishing, Loveland
- Henry’s Pub, Loveland
- I-Kota Construction – Mason Place job site, Fort Collins
- Inner Balance addiction treatment center, Loveland
- JMP Heat Inc., Loveland
- La Luna Dairy, Wellington
- Larimer County Community Corrections
- Larimer County Jail
- Lemay Avenue Health & Rehabilitation: November 2020, Fort Collins
- Liberty Common High School, Fort Collins
- Loveland Youth Clinic
- McDonald’s, Fort Collins (3512 S. Timberline Road)
- New Mercer Commons assisted living, Fort Collins
- Nike Factory Store, Loveland
- North Shore Health & Rehab Facility: November 2020, Fort Collins
- Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, Fort Collins
- *Panhandler’s Pizza, Fort Collins
- Parry’s Pizza, Johnstown
- *Ravencrest Bible School, Estes Park
- Resurrection Christian School, Loveland
- Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins
- Sam’s Club, Loveland
- Scheels, Johnstown
- *Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, Fort Collins
- South Shields Dental, Fort Collins
- *Specialty Appliance, Fort Collins
- Spring Creek Healthcare Center, Fort Collins
- Studio West Dance Center, Fort Collins
- Sugar Valley Estates independent living facility, Loveland
- The Green House Homes at Mirasol skilled nursing facility, Loveland
- The Home Depot, Fort Collins (4502 John F Kennedy Parkway)
- The Home Depot, Loveland (1100 Nickel Drive)
- The Home Depot, Fort Collins (1251 E. Magnolia St.)
- *The Rock Inn, Estes Park
- *The Wild Rose Food & Spirits, Estes Park
- Trader Joe’s, Fort Collins
- Trumpet Behavioral Health, Fort Collins
- Trumpet Behavioral Health, Loveland
- Wally’s Speed Shop, Loveland
- Walmart #1008, Loveland (250 W. 65th St.)
- Walmart #2729, Fort Collins (1250 E. Magnolia St.)
- Walmart Distribution Center, Loveland
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