CSU fraternity is first in state to have COVID-19 outbreak
Seven members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity in Fort Collins have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 4, the first outbreak among sororities or fraternities statewide, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
New outbreaks were also reported at a Starbucks, farrier and a gas company in Fort Collins.
Colorado State University spokeswoman Dell Rae Ciaravola confirmed the outbreak at the off-campus house at 801 S. Shields St. Greek houses are overseen by their national chapters and CSU had no authority to send students home when it closed campus in March, she said.
Calls to the fraternity seeking comment were not returned. It is unclear how many people are still living in the house.
In November, Kappa Sigma lost its standing as a CSU fraternity through May 2021 for hazing activities, including abusive behavior, misuse of alcohol and violations of university policy or the law, according to CSU records.
One fraternity member who tested positive works at CSU and had close contact with three employees, all of whom were then quarantined, Ciaravola said. A second student who tested positive also had close contact with a CSU employee who was identified through contact tracing and later tested positive, Ciaravola said.
Currently, three of the seven students have recovered and are are no longer in self-isolation.
The university reported the off-campus cases as well as 17 positive or probable cases among CSU athletes to the state health department.
The university, like other entities, is required to submit documentation to public health offices when it identifies two or more related cases within a two-week period, Ciaravola said in an email to the Coloradoan.
CSU conducted "robust contact tracing" for the positive cases and immediately took steps to quarantine and isolate individuals impacted by positive cases, Ciaravola said.
Death toll climbs at nursing homes
A 92-year-old man living at Seven Lakes Memory Care in Loveland died Saturday of COVID-19, making him the fourth person to die from the virus this month.
All four people who died this month lived in either Seven Lakes or Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Fort Collins.
Of the 34 deaths in Larimer County from COVID-19, 28 have been people 65 or older; 23 of the deaths were in people aged 75 or older.
The resident who died Saturday was a "kind soul and gentle presence. Our heart goes out to the family." said Constance Sablan, spokeswoman for MDK Senior Living, Seven Lakes' parent company.
Seven Lakes has had 27 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 20 are asymptomatic, Sablan said. Of the 17 staff members who tested positive, most were asymptomatic and the others had mild symptoms. Thirteen have been cleared to return to work.
One of the two who were hospitalized is back at Seven Lakes and recovering well, Sablan said.
A Starbucks, Be Quick Horseshoeing and AmeriGas in Fort Collins also reported outbreaks to the state.
Starbucks at 1850 N. College Ave., has reported three positive cases and one probable case.
AmeriGas, 1036 Smithfield Drive, Fort Collins, reported five positive and one probable case, while the farrier had two cases, according to the state health department.
A person answering the phone at Be Quick Horseshoeing declined to speak with reporters. AmeriGas could not be reached for comment.
Larimer County COVID-19 outbreaks
Reported by the state health department on July 29
AmeriGas, Fort Collins: five confirmed, one probable case
Associates in Periodontics: Fort Collins, two confirmed cases
Avant Garde Aleworks, Estes Park, three confirmed cases
Be Quick Horseshoeing, Fort Collins, two confirmed cases
CSU Athletics: Fort Collins, eight confirmed cases, nine probable
CSU Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Fort Collins, seven confirmed cases
Hobby Lobby, Johnstown, two confirmed cases.
Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant, Fort Collins: five confirmed cases
Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Fort Collins: three residents confirmed positive, two probable cases, two resident deaths. Five staff members confirmed positive, in addition to one probable.
Seven Lakes Memory Care, Loveland, 27 residents confirmed positive, two deaths; 17 staff confirmed positive
Splash Pool Services, Fort Collins: four confirmed cases
Starbucks, North College Avenue, Fort Collins, three confirmed, one probable
The Standard construction site in Fort Collins at Prospect Road east of Shields Street: 10 confirmed cases, three probable cases
The Still Whiskey Steaks, Fort Collins: four confirmed cases
The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado: two confirmed cases
Tony's Restaurant Lounge, Fort Collins: three positive cases
Walmart, Mason Street, Fort Collins: three positive cases, one probable
Anheuser Busch's American Eagle Distribution Center, Loveland: four confirmed cases, seven probable cases
Center at Rock Creek, Fort Collins: 18 confirmed cases, five probable cases, one resident death linked to COVID-19
Chick-fil-A, Fort Collins: nine confirmed cases, five probable
Columbine Northshore, Loveland: 31 confirmed cases, 11 probable, six resident deaths linked to COVID-19, with five more probable
Genesis Hospitality Corp., Loveland: three confirmed cases
Ideal Dermatology, Loveland: five confirmed cases, two probable
Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab, Fort Collins: three confirmed cases, 18 probable cases, 1 resident death linked to COVID-19
Loveland Steam Laundry: seven confirmed cases, one probable case
Pollution Solutions, Loveland: five confirmed cases
Residence at Oakridge, Fort Collins: 11 confirmed cases, four probable cases, one resident death linked to COVID-19
Walmart Distribution Center, Loveland: 31 confirmed cases, two probable cases
Source: Colorado and Larimer County health departments
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