Colorado well being officers confirmed two extra deaths and 112 new circumstances of the coronavirus Saturday because the extremely infectious sickness continues to unfold all through the state.
The deaths embody an Eagle County man in his 60s with underlying well being situations and an El Paso County man in his 70s, native well being officers reported. The Eagle County man was recognized by family and friends as Rod Powell, a Vail musician, the Vail Daily reported.
The inflow of constructive COVID-19 circumstances Saturday brings the state to 475 cases, with 49 individuals hospitalized. Six individuals have died, together with three in El Paso County.
Officers there have frightened about individuals over 60 — essentially the most susceptible inhabitants to COVID-19 — being uncovered throughout a handful of bridge video games earlier this month. Not less than two of the three deaths are related to that sport; it’s unclear if the person who died Saturday was current on the bridge heart throughout that point.
“We categorical our honest condolences to the household, buddies, and family members of the person who handed on account of COVID-19,” Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Well being Director, mentioned in a information launch.
Powell was a fixture of Vail’s watering holes, delighting apres-ski crowds for many years within the mountain city together with his musical skills, based on the Vail Each day.
“Rod Powell was a legend in Vail and introduced pleasure to so many over his tenure as Vail’s #1 Entertainer,” Shannon Tanner, his longtime buddy and fellow musician, mentioned in an electronic mail reviewed by the paper.
Eagle County is the epicenter of Colorado’s COVID-19 disaster, with extra confirmed circumstances (61) than any county exterior Denver. It additionally has the very best charge of an infection per 100,000 individuals of any Colorado county.
Among the many new circumstances introduced Saturday was a member of the Colorado Nationwide Guard stationed at Fort Carson, the primary soldier there to check constructive, the military base mentioned in a information launch. The Douglas County resident, recognized solely as a male in his 30s, is in isolation and has not required hospitalization.
Almost 4,600 individuals have been examined for the novel coronavirus because the state ramps up testing. Well being officers have acknowledged that there are inadequate assessments within the state.