Coronavirus in Larimer County: What we know about confirmed cases, community spread
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Tracking the spread of coronavirus in Fort Collins, Colorado and across the United States has proven extremely difficult since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Lags in testing at the federal level, shifting availability of testing resources and inconsistent reporting from an expanding list of testing facilities have all contributed to significant gaps in information about the outbreak's spread.
Ever since Colorado reported its first coronavirus case on March 5, health officials across the state have waged a war on an enemy that pays no attention to geographic boundaries in its spread. As such, it's been hard for experts, let alone residents, to sort through the ever-evolving reports.
The Coloradoan is in constant contact with state, county, municipal and community sources to bring you the latest about confirmed coronavirus cases in Northern Colorado. While information from all those sources doesn't always align neatly, we hope this guide will offer the latest known and confirmed information about each case in Larimer County, along with those in neighboring counties. When applicable, links to related stories are provided.
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Larimer County positive coronavirus cases
As of April 17, there were 224 coronavirus cases in Larimer County, according to the health department.
It can take 7-10 days for test results of residents tested elsewhere to be reported back to the county, the health department said. Click through the graphics below for city and demographic information. If you can't see the graphics, click here.
Larimer County coronavirus deaths
As of April 15, there were nine confirmed deaths in Larimer County associated with COVID-19 infection. They are:
- 86-year-old Fort Collins woman
- 73-year-old Loveland woman
- 89-year-old Loveland woman*
- 90-year-old Loveland woman*
- 79-year-old Fort Collins woman
- 94-year-old Loveland woman
- 92-year-old Loveland woman
- 85-year-old Loveland woman
- 58-year-old Fort Collins man
Source: Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
* denotes epidemiologically linked cases (possible connection to a VOCID-19 case but testing was never completed)
Cases with Fort Collins links reported by other sources
Source: Coloradoan reporting
- Doctors told a 29-year-old Fort Collins woman experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that they suspected she had the coronavirus. After first feeling sick with a sore throat and minor cough three days earlier on March 18, she said her condition steadily worsened. She was not tested.
- A 45-year-old father of four from Fort Collins died March 31 due to complications believed to be associated with COVID-19 infection. Brian Garrett was hospitalized March 20 and died later at Poudre Valley Hospital.
- A Colorado State University Health Network employee has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the university announced Sunday. The employee is a Larimer County woman in her 30s. She was tested Tuesday after becoming symptomatic earlier that day and the test results were received Sunday. This is the first known coronavirus case connected to the university.
- A city of Fort Collins employee has tested positive for coronavirus, the city announced Sunday. The employee's identifying information is being kept private, but the person has not been to work since March 10 and will remain in quarantine until symptom- and fever-free for 72 hours, city leaders said.
- An offender in Larimer County's Community Corrections program tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, county officials announced Saturday. The county said employees and other offenders who have been in contact with the person would be notified and instructed by county health officials. Beginning Sunday, all staff and offenders at county Criminal Justice Service Area facilities will participate in daily symptom monitoring.
- A Fort Collins woman reported testing positive March 20, saying "my lungs have never felt this restricted before."
- Woodward Inc. confirmed Tuesday that a worker at its Drake Road facility in central Fort Collins tested positive for the virus. The worker's place of residence is unknown.
- Leadership at Academy of Arts and Knowledge, a Fort Collins charter school, announced Tuesday that staff and students may have been exposed to a community member who tested positive for the virus. School leaders later said they'd received no indication of community spread related to the school.
- Fort Collins City Manager Darin Atteberry, Mayor Wade Troxell and council members Emily Gorgol, Ken Summers and Kristen Stephens were notified they were exposed to a coronavirus case while attending an event in Washington, D.C., on March 11. All are in self-quarantine until March 25. None reported to showing any symptoms.
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Source: Wyoming Department of Health
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