3 more Colorado schools report new cases of coronavirus

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The Colorado Department of Public Health has reported the coronavirus outbreaks in three more K-12 schools, including a handful of cases in staff and students.

The new school clusters brought the total to four K-12 buildings in Colorado with the outbreaks.

Other schools have reported cases, but the state health department only declares an outbreak if at least two cases are believed to come from being in the same location within two weeks.

Students and staff who test positive on the first day are not counted as an outbreak, unless there is evidence of some out-of-school link they shared.

As of Wednesday in Highlands Ranch, Sand Creek Elementary School reported one staff member and two students had tested positive.

Two other new outbreaks happened in Monument, including Bear Creek School Elementary School reporting one staff case and two student cases and Monument Academy reporting one case in a staff member and one in a student.

The outbreak in Battle Mountain High School is still under observation, with no new cases since last week, when two staff members tested positive.

The Colorado health and environment department also reported the first cluster linked to fighting the state’s wildfires on Wednesday.

Health authorities said “Four people involved in responding to the Cameron Peak fire tested positive for COVID-19.”

But state has not released any details about what kind of work the four did.

There has been a surge in about 17 child care facilities, and 10 are still ongoing, with no death linked to the facilities.

So far, Sterling Correction Facility recorded 611 cases, being the highest number in any correctional facility in the state, while Denver County Jail has the least count of 83 cases, with no death.

At the beginning of the outbreak, shortage made it difficult to test everyone who had symptoms of the new coronavirus.

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