Tracking the curve

Latest Update: 9/25/20
Next Update: 9/28/20
Aspen Journalism is pulling together data from state and county websites, as well as from other news outlets. This webpage is updated every weekday after 4 p.m.

What’s noteworthy in today’s COVID-19 data? 

Garfield County added three new COVID-19 cases to its total on Friday, Eagle County reported two additional cases. Pitkin County did not report any new cases. State data show a spike in cases since mid-September.

According to Pitkin County’s Coronameter, the county added one case to the number of out-of-jurisdiction cases on Friday. There have been 22 noncounty cases over the last 14 days and 17 county cases.

On Frida, Garfield’s Coronameter showed that about 1/3 of all cases are coming from community spread. “The biggest shifts this week have been that the 60% of tests during the period were reported to the department after 48 hours, while that same percentage of cases waited more than 48 hours before seeking testing,” according to the county’s website.

“Vail Resorts lost $203 million in ski and lodging earnings in the fiscal year that ended in July, a rare downturn for the ski resort operator hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” reported The Colorado Sun. “The company reported $503.3 million in resort earnings for its fiscal 2020, a 29% decline from the previous year.”


According to CDPHE data and maps, Garfield County’s 14-day positivity rate is higher than Eagle and Pitkin counties — between 5 and 10% for Garfield County and less than 5% for Eagle and Pitkin counties. The tri-county region is under the “Safer Level 2” status, which means that the positivity rate is not greater than 10% and there have been between 75 and 175 new cases for 100,000 people within the last two weeks.

Since Thursday, there have been about 500 new confirmed cases in Colorado. Confirmed cases statewide now exceed 67,900. CDPHE data shows an uptick in cases in the state after Labor Day.

The Colorado Sun reported that coronavirus cases in the state have reached their highest levels since July.

“Though Colorado’s rising number of COVID-19 cases has been fueled by the ‘significant outbreak’ among college-aged people, state officials warned Tuesday that all age groups now are seeing increased infections,” The Denver Post wrote. “Gov. Jared Polis cautioned that Colorado risks ‘a big third wave’ of coronavirus cases if people don’t stay vigilant.”

The CDC reported about 42,300 new cases nationwide on Friday. The COVID Tracking Project also reported an increase of about 51,000 cases since Thursday. There are now about 6.9 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths in the country.

What is the current situation on school campuses?

Updated weekly — data now include preschools

On Sept. 21, a press release announced that a student at Battle Mountain High School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Staff and students who were in the same classroom as the student who tested positive transitioned to remote learning beginning on Sept. 21 through Sept. 29. Five staff members and 50 students are in quarantine.

On Sept. 14, a press release announced that Basalt Elementary Early Childhood Center would close until Sept. 28 after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Another staff member is showing COVID symptoms.

On Sept. 7, Coal Ridge High School in New Castle transitioned several classes to online instruction because a high school tested positive for COVID-19. “Approximately 100 students and nine teachers are being asked to make this transition and quarantine for 14-days,” according to the school.

On Aug. 29, a student in the eighth grade at Gypsum Creek Middle School was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a press release. The school transitioned the entire eighth grade (staff and students) to remote learning beginning on Aug. 31 through Sept. 9. 

Where are the COVID-19 cases in Colorado?

The state’s northwest region, which includes Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties, was classified on Friday as “Sustained declined.” This means that “Incidence is consistently decreasing,” according to CDPHE.


How many people are in the hospital?

On Sept. 25, CDPHE reported 171 patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19. There have been more than 7,400 people who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since March.


How many people have died from COVID-19?

On Sept. 24, one person died from COVID-19, according to CDPHE. There have been more than 1,900 fatalities due to COVID-19 since March.

Selection from John Hopkins Data and The COVID Tracking Project

Today’s Media Selection

Additional Sources

City of Aspen Info
Town of Snowmass Village Info
Pitkin County Info
Pitkin County Data / New Dashboard
Eagle County Info
Eagle County Data
Garfield County
Garfield County Data
The Colorado Sun Data
Washington Post Data
The New York Times Data
ProPublica Data
The Financial Times Data
BBC News
The Denver Post
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Projection
John Hopkins University Data Data
Worldometer: Coronavirus

Other Info

Aspen Valley Hospital
Valley View Hospital
Aspen Community Foundation

Media Sources

Aspen Journalism’s Twitter list of local news outlets and reporters.
Aspen Journalism’s news-aggregation list, “The Bucket.”
The Aspen Times
Aspen Daily News
Aspen Public Radio
KDNK, Carbondale
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Vail Daily
Summit Daily
Steamboat Pilot
Telluride Daily Planet
Colorado Sun
Colorado Independent
Denver Post
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Politics

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