Testing has confirmed 24,174 cases of novel coronavirus in Colorado, and 1,332 people infected with the virus have died, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tally Sunday evening.
The number of cases was up by 210, with five more deaths since Saturday.
The number of people tested for COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the virus, reached 150,308, the latest state records show. More than 2,500 people were tested in one day. The actual number of people in Colorado with COVID-19 is thought to be several times higher than the number confirmed by testing.
On Sunday, state records showed 4,119 people have been hospitalized with the virus since it first was detected in Colorado in March.
State health officials were tracking 264 outbreaks at nursing homes, factories, prisons and other group settings.
The health department has changed the way it reports deaths related to the virus, listing the number of fatalities among people with the virus (1,332) as well the number of deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 on a death certificate — 1,088.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or, possibly, be inhaled into the lungs.
Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the virus is more likely to spread when people are in close contact with one another — within about 6 feet. It’s possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. This isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Heath experts say they’re still learning more about this virus.
But it is clear that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily. Health officials monitoring the continuing COVID-19 pandemic say it appears to be spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles.
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