Tracking the curve

Updates on the spread and the fallout focusing on Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties.

Nonresident COVID-19 cases are a significant part of virus’ footprint in Pitkin County

As summer tourism spiked in the Aspen area in July, so did the number of visitors and residents of neighboring counties who tested positive in Pitkin County for COVID-19. From July 11 through Aug. 5, Pitkin County reported a total of 63 new COVID-19 infections. But during that 26-day stretch — notable for an influx of visitors as much of the nation grappled with a coronavirus surge — a total of 100 people tested positive here. Of those additional 37 cases, 22 were visitors from outside the region and 15 were residents of neighboring Eagle County or Garfield County, according to data obtained by Aspen Journalism through an open records request.