Counting COVID in Colorado

Sadly, Boulder saw its first death today. Numbers went up significantly compared to the steady incline we’ve seen the past couple of days. Denver is the hardest hit, yet other counties have a higher death rate. I find that checking these numbers each night keeps me in check and not getting lazy or slack off with germ awareness.

March 29, 2020. Total cases 2,307. 326 hospitalized, 46 counties, 14,470 people tested, 47 deaths, 10 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital care facilities.

  • Denver 408, 5 deaths
  • Arapahoe 241, 3 deaths
  • El Paso 214, 11 deaths
  • Jefferson 213, 5 deaths
  • Eagle 187, 2 deaths
  • Weld 180, 9 deaths
  • Unknown 176
  • Adams 110
  • Douglas 102
  • Bouder 90, 1 death
  • Larimer 84, 3 deaths
  • Gunnison 79, 1 death
  • Pitkin 27, 2 deaths
  • Garfield 25
  • La Plata 21
  • Broomfield 17
  • Routt 16
  • Chaffee 15, 1 death
  • Summit 11
  • Mesa 11
  • Pueblo 10, 1 death
  • Out of State 10, 1 death
  • Montrose 8
  • Teller 7, 1 death

And the Numbers Keep Doubling…

I got a message from a client who is a nurse in Texas. Last week things were unusually quiet and they were anticipating the storm. She said today that their hospital was flooded with Covid-19 patients and her coworkers are now on the front lines to treat patients. She’s scared not only for herself but for all of those she works with, the family and friends they all love and more.

On the home front in Colorado, numbers continue to rise. Here’s a count from today, Friday March 27, 2020. A total of 1,734 cases, 239 hospitalized, 11,676 tested, 31 deaths.

  • Denver 312
  • Eagle 170
  • El Paso 160
  • Jefferson 158
  • Arapahoe 155
  • Weld 129
  • Unknown 136
  • Douglas 79
  • Boulder 76
  • Adams 71
  • Larimer 67
  • Gunnison 66
  • Pitkin 25
  • Garfield 16
  • La Plata 13
  • Broomfield 13
  • Routt 12
  • Summit 10 (only an increase of 1, that’s pretty impressive)
  • Out of State 8
  • Teller 7
  • Mesa 7
  • Pueblo 6

Also – just tracking the area in Texas where my friend works: Smith County has a 21 case load.

Colorado COVID-19 Cases

And the numbers nearly doubled today, March 26, 2020. 1,430 cases, 184 hospitalized, 39 counties, 10,122 people tested, 24 deaths and 9 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health car facilities.

  • Denver 262
  • Eagle 147
  • El Paso 137
  • Jefferson 131
  • Arapahoe 119
  • Weld 107
  • Unknown 96
  • Douglas 67
  • Boulder 66
  • Larimer 61
  • Gunnison 57
  • Adams 50
  • Pitkin 23
  • Garfield 16
  • Broomfield 10
  • Summit 9
  • Routt 9
  • Teller 7

Colorado COVID19 Cases

A brief look at Covid-19 Coronavirus cases in the state of Colorado. There are some jumps today… March 25, 2020.  Overall reported cases: 1,086 cases. 147 hospitalized, 19 deaths. 8,064 people tested.

  • Denver 214
  • El Paso 122
  • Eagle 120
  • Jefferson 93
  • Arapahoe 88
  • Weld 87
  • Douglas 58
  • Gunnison 52
  • Boulder 51
  • Larimer 45
  • Adams 38
  • Pitkin 21
  • Unknown 15
  • Garfield 13
  • Summit 9
  • Broomfield 8
  • Routt 6
  • Teller 5
  • Mesa 5
  • Montrose 4
  • Pueblo 3

Everyone Is On Edge

I walked Mochi this morning in the field behind our house, just like I do every morning. When we get to the start of the trail, I check to make sure Mochi isn’t going to charge after other dogs or people and then I let her run. She’s a dog. She needs to run. This morning was no different than any other.

And yet, I could tell from a distance that the woman coming towards us on the trail was giving off a vibe. She didn’t have a dog with her and her stature seemed odd. Mochi sensed it right away and I didn’t call her back soon enough. Mochi approached her, she confirmed my suspicions and Mochi started barking at her. She cowered, and then told me: “THIS IS AN ON LEASH DOG AREA. THERE ARE SIGNS POSTED AT ALL OF THE ENTRANCES TO THE OPEN SPACE.”

Mochi was continuing to bark at her, causing her to panic more. I got her to come to me and put her on leash.

My response, “I’m sorry my dog scared you.”

I wasn’t about to tell her I take Mochi there every morning and every morning I let her off leash to run. That the sign showing that dogs must be leashed is in fact gone. Someone got rid of it months ago. And all of the regular dog walkers all let their Fido’s off leash.

A lot more people are finding refuge in the open spaces around our neighborhood. And with those open spaces come rules: dogs are permitted on leash.

I got back to the house in a little bit of a huff. I understand what she was saying but she didn’t have to be an asshole about it. After venting to Ben, he responded that I could have said, “I’m sorry that woman scared you, Mochi.”

Can we all just chill out a little bit?!?

Colorado At A Glance

Just wanted to track the number of cases of Covid-19 in the state of Colorado, based on each county. This is data taken from a 4pm query run today, March 24, 2020.

Colorado Case Count

*People who tested positive for COVID-19 in Colorado while visiting are included in the county where they were identified.
Denver 176
El Paso 106 (Colorado Springs)
Eagle 96 (Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek Area)


Shelter At Home Day #1

Its official as of 5pm MTN today – Boulder County is in shelter at home status. Only a handful of counties in Colorado have this status: Denver, Jefferson, San Miguel. What’s missing are the other counties that have a lot of people – specifically El Paso, which houses Colorado Springs and home to more than 700,000 residents.

We were advised to stay home and get outside for exercise but not in groups and not with anyone who isn’t in your household. Cycling was mentioned – and as long as you ride solo and maintain the 6′ social distancing, that should be okay.  Spring is starting to show up and today the temps neared 70 degrees. This is an outdoor centric community and a lot of people flock to the outdoors… and it should be safe, right?

Time will tell. Now, we sit and wait.

Just Riding Along

I went for a ride outside today, alone. I had a couple of essentials to pick up: some 1/4″ elastic from a neighbor, drop off a package at USPS, stop by the vet to pick up some antibiotics for Moonli and lastly, a stop at JoAnn Fabric’s for some home made masks I’m making for health care providers.

At the top of the hill near my house on a two lane road with no shoulder, a dually pick up truck had stopped, blocking traffic on the opposite side of the road. As I came upon him, he rolled his window down and blatantly flipped me off, not making eye contact and smirking to the passenger next to him.

His message was received loud and clear – though I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was riding alone. I was in my neighborhood. And yet he felt compelled to let me know that I should shove it.

The ironic thing is that I was headed to get supplies to make masks for health care workers and help.

Our country is still very much broken. Since some parts of the country, even within our state have shutter in place rules and others don’t, it sends a mixed message to everyone of what’s okay and what isn’t. I read a professional cyclist in Belgium was assaulted by a man in a van when he rode by and then was beat up.

Sure we all have a range of emotions when processing our ever changing world right now. And some feel more anger and aggression than others, and can take that out on others. Be safe, friends. I’m beginning to fear for my fellow Americans more than the virus itself.

Stepping Into the Unknown

Working from home and being self motivated isn’t new to me. I’ve been self-employed for over 10 years and really enjoy working at my own pace. Yet lately, it seems like there are so many distractions that I find it hard to focus. It’s hard to not check the latest on the virus, to see what economists are predicting for the future, to see what my friends and family are up to on social media and how they’re coping with things, to listen to podcasts on the subject… it’s everywhere.

And yet I find myself planning for the future… and for the first time in over a decade, I applied for a full time job. In an office. Or at least, a virtual office. Gulp. Yet in order to keep a roof over our head and to keep us sleeping at night, it’s what feels right now. Alright Universe, let’s do this.

Many of us are stepping into the unknown and are unsure of what the future holds. So rather than hoping that things will get better, it’s time to step it up and take action.

Constructive Media Plea

Do you ever wake up early in the morning, thinking about all of the amazing, thought provoking things that you want to share with the world only to fall back to sleep and then POOF! They’re gone?

Me neither!

Ha! I tease.

I thought of some responses to what we’re dealing with right now. Some ways to mitigate the pain, loss and suffering. Some ways to combat the grief we all feel for having to change our habits in countless ways… and yep, they’re gone.

I do have a proposal though. Or rather, it’s a challenge for the media at large. Instead of focusing on the statistics, and theories and instilling fear and hysteria in the public at large, what if you focused on the positive. What if you started thanking communities who are adhering to the new social distancing recommendations? What if you shared actual stories about people who are dealing with the realities of what’s going on right now? What if you made this pandemic more human? What if you figured out the silver lining in what’s going on in the world around us to instill a culture of hope and resiliency?

Something I’m reading right now: “Deadliest Enemies.” It’s so thought provoking and informative about pandemic diseases.