4 of Pueblo’s 14 outbreaks have been resolved
With the recent reporting of four more COVID-19 outbreaks in Pueblo County, there have now been a total of 12 outbreaks since the onset of the pandemic here in March, according to data kept by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment in the past week announced two new outbreaks at Martin Marietta and the Pueblo Regional Building Department.
Two employees at Martin Marietta tested positive for the virus, and two employees at the Pueblo Regional Building Department were confirmed positive for COVID-19.
And on Thursday outbreaks were reported at two Taco Bell locations in Pueblo.
At the restaurant on 703 N. Santa Fe. Ave., three employees tested positive for the virus, and at the location at 3333 N. Elizabeth St., two employees tested positive, according to the health department.
All it takes to be classified as an outbreak are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility over a 14-day period, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Of the 14 total outbreaks Pueblo County has had, four of them have been resolved, meaning there hasn’t been a new positive case at the facility in which the outbreak occurred in a month or more.
The resolved outbreaks in Pueblo County include those that were at Brookdale El Camino, Columbine Chateau Assisted Living in Pueblo West, Mission Foods, and Panda Express on the South Side.
In addition to the four new outbreaks reported, the remaining active outbreaks are at the Pueblo Chemical Agent - Destruction Pilot Plant, University Park Care Center, the Target Distribution Warehouse, Desert Hawk Golf Course, Pueblo Youth Services Center, and the administrative office at the Pueblo Police Department, according to the state health department.
Numbers-wise, the most significant of those remaining outbreaks is at University Park Care Center, where as of Wednesday 35 residents had tested positive for COVID-19 and nine residents and one associate died due to the virus.
But according to Rob Newman, the executive director at that facility, the outbreak should be in the resolved classification soon as there have not been any new positive cases for a while.
Newman said the 26 other residents who tested positive have recovered according to the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, and no longer require isolation protocol.
And the 14 other associates who previously tested positive have recovered as well.
“Our sincere condolences go out to the loved ones and friends of those who have died,” Newman said. “Our facility is a family, and this is a difficult time for all of us. We all feel the loss deeply.”
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