Back in Business

Yesterday I was pretty anxious about creating the last set of masks I had on order for some neighbors that I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, unable to fall back asleep. I laid in bed for 90 minutes before finally getting up. When I finally sat down to sew the last couple of masks, I got about 1/3 of the way through one and my sewing machine gave up the ghost. Maybe I was tired, maybe I was stressed an anxious about making them… I started crying.

Thankfully, our local sewing machine repairs Elna’s and I was able to take it in today. Turns out it just needs servicing (yes, I was pushing it to its limits) and while I was there, the rep easily talked me into a new Baby Lock. I CAN’T wait to try it out! And just like that, we’re back in mask making business. Phew!

Meanwhile, things seem to be tapering a bit with our Covid cases. Is it a true flattening of the curve or false hope?

Colorado Case Summary (Updated 4/7/20 at 4:00 p.m.)
Note: This summary only includes data through 4/6 and does not reflect cases since then.

5,429 cases*
1,079 hospitalized
54 counties
28,094 people tested**
179 deaths
44 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

  • Denver 884, 31 deaths
  • Arapahoe 718, 16 deaths
  • Jefferson 579, 21 deaths
  • Weld 537, 27 deaths
  • El Paso 457, 28 deaths
  • Adams 388, 14 deaths
  • Eagle 372, 5 deaths
  • Douglas 232, 8 deaths
  • Unknown 221
  • Boulder 206, 3 deaths
  • Larimer 161, 8 deaths
  • Gunnison 95, 1 death
  • Summit 53
  • Broomfield 50, 2 deaths
  • Garfield 48, 1 death
  • Pueblo 44, 2 deaths
  • Pitkin 39
  • Montrose 35, 3 deaths
  • La Plata 34
  • Routt 32
  • Out of State 31, 1 death
  • Mesa 27
  • Morgan 23
  • Chaffee 22, 2 deaths
  • Logan 13
  • Teller 12, 1 death
  • San Miguel 10
  • Elbert 9, 1 death
  • Baca 9
  • Montezuma 8, 1 death
  • Clear Creek 7
  • Archuleta 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Park 5
  • Kit Carson 5
  • Delta 5
  • Otero 4
  • Grand 4
  • Fremont 4
  • Alamosa 4
  • Saguache 3
  • Phillips 3
  • Our 3
  • Moffat 3
  • Lake 3
  • Costilla 3
  • Yuma 2
  • Mineral 2

Covid Catchup

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in sewing masks. I thought they’d be quick but even the basic elastic ones take me 15 more minutes than I thought. And the ones with cloth ties? Those take basically an hour a piece! I’ve spent more time sitting in front of the sewing machine that things are starting to get crazy at home… laundry piling up, coaching stacking up… I had to turn off the fire hose of orders and tell people I’m no longer available to make them. If I make them and stockpile, then I’ll make them available. Sheesh!

Meanwhile… here’s what is going on in Colorado. I read this morning that we’re going to become the next hot spot. Yikes.

Colorado Case Summary (Updated 4/5/20 at 4:00 p.m.)
Note: This summary only includes data through 4/4 and does not reflect cases since then.

4,950 cases*
924 hospitalized
54 counties
25,773 people tested
140 deaths
37 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

  • Denver 825, 16 deaths
  • Arapahoe 608, 13 deaths
  • Jefferson 519, 17 deaths
  • Weld 470, 24 deaths
  • El Paso 435, 25 deaths
  • Adams 354, 10 deaths
  • Eagle 339, 5 deaths
  • Unknown 232
  • Boulder 177, 3 deaths
  • Larimer 143, 8 deaths
  • Gunnison 93, 1 death
  • Broomfield 50, 2 deaths
  • Garfield 46
  • Summit 45
  • Pueblo 40, 2 deaths
  • Pitkin 38, 2 deaths
  • Montrose 32, 1 death
  • Routt 29
  • La Plata 29
  • Out of State 26, 1 death
  • Mesa 22
  • Chaffee 22, 2 deaths
  • Morgan 17
  • Teller 11, 1 death
  • San Miguel 10
  • Logan 9
  • Elbert 9, 1 death
  • Baca 9
  • Montezuma 8, 1 death
  • Clear Creek 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Park 5
  • Kit Carson 5
  • Grand 4
  • Delta 4
  • Alamosa 4
  • Saguache 3
  • Phillips 3
  • Otero 3
  • Moffat 3
  • Lake 3
  • Fremont 3

Quick Case Count Update

You’re getting two for one entries today. And news that it’s recommended all people wear masks. Shocking. Not really.

Colorado COVID19 Case Load:

4,173 cases, 823 hospitalized, 53 counties, 22,071 people tested, 111 deaths, 27 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities.

  • Denver 716, 14 deaths
  • Arapahoe 500, 10 deaths
  • Jefferson 440, 13 deaths
  • Weld 379, 16 deaths
  • El Paso 374, 18 deaths
  • Eagle 333, 5 deaths
  • Adams 294, 9 deaths
  • Douglas 194, 2 deaths
  • Boulder 143, 2 deaths
  • Unknown 134
  • Larimer 134, 7 deaths
  • Gunnison 88, 1 death
  • Garfield 45
  • Pitkin 38, 2 deaths
  • Broomfield 36
  • Summit 35
  • Pueblo 31, 2 deaths
  • Routt 28
  • Montrose 26
  • La Plata 25
  • Out of State 24, 1 death
  • Mesa 20
  • Chaffee 19
  • Teller 11, 1 death
  • San Miguel 9
  • Baca 9
  • Morgan 7
  • Elbert 6
  • Clear Creek 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Park 5
  • Kit Carson 4
  • Grand 4
  • Delta 4
  • Alamosa 4

Mask Maker

Finally! My random sewing skills can be put to use. I’ve been on a mask making spree. Some are with elastic, some are made with binding and some have wire nose pieces to keep the mask from fogging up your face.

The White House is expected to urge Americans to wear face covering in public. 

Ben had a great idea: for every mask I sell (at $5 a piece), I’ll donate two to a homeless shelter or hospital in need. The $5 goes toward the supplies to make the masks so I can continue to make them without coming directly out of pocket.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, no?

Back to the COVID19 Case count in Colorado…. (I missed updating last night as I was sewing up a storm.) From 4/2/20

3,728 cases, 710 hospitalized, 51 counties, 20,411 people tested, 97 deaths, 21 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities.

  • Denver 643, 11 deaths
  • Arapahoe 441, 10 deaths
  • Jefferson 385, 9 deaths
  • El Paso 340, 16 deaths
  • Weld 329, 16 deaths
  • Eagle 314, 4 deaths
  • Adams 260, 7 deaths
  • Douglas 171, 1 death
  • Boulder 132, 2 deaths
  • Larimer 124, 7 deaths
  • Unknown 123
  • Gunnison 86, 1 death
  • Garfield 43, 1 death
  • Pitkin 36, 2 deaths
  • Broomfield 30, 2 deaths
  • Summit 26
  • Pueblo 26, 2 deaths
  • La Plata 24
  • Routt 23
  • Out of State 21, 1 death
  • Chaffee 18, 2 deaths
  • Mesa 17
  • Baca 9
  • Teller 7, 1 death
  • San Miguel 7
  • Morgan 7
  • Clear Creek 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Elbert 5
  • Moffat 4
  • Kit Carson 4
  • Grand 4
  • Alamosa 4
  • Saguache 3
  • Park 3
  • Otero 3
  • Montezuma 3, 1 death
  • Costilla 3
  • Yuma 2
  • Phillips 2
  • Mineral 2
  • Lake 2

Colorado Case Summary

I ate too much cake and sweet things yesterday and am paying for it today. I feel inflamed from all of the sugar and my face is puffy and attitude a little shitty – but things should be better by tomorrow. Phew!

3,342 Cases, 620 hospitalized, 50 counties, 18,645 people tested, 80 deaths, 17 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities.

  • Denver 586, 8 deaths
  • Arapahoe 381, 7 deaths
  • Jefferson 356, 7 deaths
  • El Paso 314, 14 deaths
  • Eagle 295, 4 deaths
  • Weld 293, 13 deaths
  • Adams 212, 6 deaths
  • Douglas 158
  • Unknown 120
  • Boulder 114, 2 deaths
  • Larimer 107, 7 deaths
  • Gunnison 84, 1 death
  • Garfield 34, 1 death
  • Pitkin 33, 2 deaths
  • Summit 23 (big jump!)
  • La Plata 23
  • Pueblo 22, 2 deaths
  • Broomfield 21, 2 deaths
  • Routt 19
  • Out of State 19, 1 death
  • Chaffee 17
  • Mesa 14
  • Montrose 13
  • Teller 7, 1 death
  • Logan 6
  • Clear Creek 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Morgan 5
  • Elbert 5
  • San Miguel 4
  • Moffat 4
  • Kit Carson 4
  • Grand 4
  • Alamosa 4
  • Park 3
  • Otero 3
  • Costilla 3
  • Baca 3
  • Yuma 2
  • Mineral 2
  • Lake 2
  • Fremont 2
  • Washington 1
  • Saguache 1
  • Phillips 1
  • Montezuma 1
  • Lincoln 1

Quick Update

Had a super amazing birthday today. Did a sprint workout with some athletes this early morning, baked a cake, went on a long hike, ate dinner from our favorite restaurant in Boulder and am about to hit the couch. That’s my kind of birthday!

Back to the count…. 2,966 cases, 509 hospitalized, 50 counties, 16,849 tested, 69 deaths, 16 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities.

  • Denver 539, 7 deaths
  • Arapahoe 333, 6 deaths
  • Jefferson 304, 6 deaths
  • El Paso 286, 13 deaths
  • Weld 255, 12 deaths
  • eagle 227, 4 deaths
  • Adams 181, 2 deaths
  • Douglas 141
  • Unknown 112
  • Boulder 107, 2 deaths
  • Larimer 107, 6 deaths
  • Gunnison 82, 1 death
  • Garfield 33, 1 death
  • Pitkin 30, 2 deaths
  •  La Plata 23
  • Pueblo 21 (big jump for them!), 2 deaths
  • Summit 20 (another big jump – reports have been at 10-11 for several days)
  • Broomfield 20, 1 death
  • Routt 17
  • Out of State 17, 1 death
  • Chaffee 17, 1 death
  • Mesa 14
  • Montrose 13
  • Teller 7, 1 death
  • Logan 6
  • Rio Grande 5
  • Elbert 5
  • San Miguel 4 (which is where Colorado first experienced it’s mandatory quarantine nearly 3+ weeks ago)

Quarantine Birthdays

Kindness comes in many forms. I ordered some flour from our local bakery (Moxie Bread Co in Louisville, CO) and mentioned I was making a cake for my birthday (3/31). When I picked up the order today, they gifted me a chopping board and a free pastry. How thoughtful! On my ride home, I saw a sign that said: “Kindness is contagious. Pass it on.”

A little hope comes in many forms. And tomorrow, it’s coming in the form of Chocolate Buttermilk Cake and a hike with my love. And we arranged a pickup dinner from our favorite restaurant, The Kitchen. And my ukulele comes tomorrow – what a gift!

Now, back to business. A raise in cases today – and a relief that our shelter in place was extended through the end of April to help health care workers nationwide. Thinking of all of our nurses, doctors and other care workers who are crushing it!

Colorado Case Summary:

2,627 cases. 414 hospitalized, 47 counties, 15,363 people tested, 51 deaths, 14 outbreaks at residential and non-hospitalized health care facilities.

  • Denver 465, 6 deaths
  • Arapahoe 288
  • Jefferson 253, 5 deaths
  • El Paso 245, 11 deaths
  • Weld 215, 10 deaths
  • Eagle 213, 4 deaths
  • Adams 152
  • Boulder 100, 1 death
  • Larimer 92, 4 deaths
  • Gunnison 80, 1 death
  • Garfield 31, 1 death
  • Pitkin 29, 2 deaths
  • La Plata 21
  • Broomfield 18
  • Routt 16
  • Pueblo 16, 2 deaths
  • Chafee 15, 1 death
  • Summit 14
  • Mesa 12
  • Montrose 10
  • Teller 8, 1 death
  • Logan 5
  • Rio Grande 4

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