The state reported seven new coronavirus outbreaks in Boulder County this week, including at the county jail, the homeless shelter, two schools in the Boulder Valley school district and more.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its weekly outbreak report Wednesday. This week’s outbreaks were determined at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School, Lafayette; Louisville Middle School, Louisville; Boulder County Prison; Boulder Shelter for the Homeless,; Hand Tree Service, Longmont; Rollins Barbershop, Boulder and at a teen social gathering in Boulder.
According to state data, the outbreak at Alicia Sanchez Primary School, 655 Sir Galahad Drive, was determined on Tuesday and involved three cases of attendees.
Randy Barber, head of communications for the Boulder Valley School District, said the school district follows the same mitigation measures each time an outbreak occurs, referring to the most recent outbreaks in Alicia Sanchez and Louisville Middle School. write in an email.
“The Boulder Valley School District uses the same effective measures as long as we have a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, regardless of whether it meets the state definition of outbreak (two positive cases in a cohort),” he wrote. “The result speaks for itself. The data show that because of these measures and the other health precautions that our students and staff use every day, transmission of COVID-19 is exceptionally rare in school districts, including the Boulder Valley school district. ”
According to state data reports, the outbreak at Louisville Middle School, 1341 Main St, Louisville, was determined Tuesday and involved three cases of attendees.
Also according to state data, an outbreak was determined at a teenage gathering in Boulder County on May 18 and involved five cases of attendees. The CDPHE wrote in an email that it could not post any additional information about the outbreak “to protect privacy.”
State data reports show that an outbreak at Boulder County Jail, 3200 Airport Road, Boulder, was determined Saturday and involved two resident cases and one staff case.
Melanie Dreiling, a health services administrator at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in an email that only two inmates in prison recently tested positive for COVID-19. He said the last staff infection was on March 24 and he was unaware of any staff cases in May.
“Our last COVID infections involved two inmates who were asymptomatic and were part of the same quarantine group,” he wrote. “They tested positive on April 29 as part of the routine tests. No other inmates or staff tested positive.”
Dreiling said none of the inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 were vaccinated at the time.
State data report the outbreak at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, 4869 N. Broadway, Boulder, which was determined May 14 and involved two resident cases.
Greg Harms, with the shelter, wrote in an email that two residents tested positive for COVID-19 over a 14-day period about a week ago. He did not know if either resident had been vaccinated at the time they tested positive for COVID-19.
“We were able to send them to the COVID-19 Recovery Center and we have not had any positive evidence since,” he wrote. “The shelter has established a large number of COVID protocols over the past year. All of these procedures remain in place. We have worked and continue to work very closely with public health to establish all of our guidelines and protocols.”
The outbreak at Helping Hand Tree Service, 72 East Second Ave., Longmont, was determined on May 13 and involved five personnel cases. Officials with Helping Hand Tree Service did not respond to requests for timely comments on Thursday.
According to state data, the outbreak at Rollins Barber Shop, 1642, Pearl Street in Boulder, was identified on May 14 and involved four personnel cases. The company did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication on Thursday.
The CDPHE reported the resolution of three outbreaks this week: Littlest Angels Home daycare in Longmont, which was determined on April 27 and reportedly resolved on Tuesday; Arryved in Boulder, which was identified on April 20 and reportedly resolved on Sunday and the K circle in Lyon, which was determined on April 23 and was also reportedly resolved on Sunday.