Residents of long-term care facilities make up more than 60 percent of Denver’s fatal COVID-19 cases

The city counts at least 28 outbreaks among nursing homes, independent living facilities and senior living communities.

A woman watches a sing-a-long party from inside Springbrooke Senior Living center's memory care unit. Washington Virginia Vale, March 27, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A woman watches a sing-a-long party from inside Springbrooke Senior Living center's memory care unit. Washington Virginia Vale, March 27, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Deaths from COVID-19 in Denver’s long-term care facilities make up more than 60 percent of all fatal cases in the city, with figures from Wednesday showing 77 out of the total 121 deaths happening at these sites.

Statewide figures show nursing, rehab and group home residents comprise the majority of fatal COVID-19 cases in Colorado. CPR News reported at least 1,284 residents from these facilities have tested positive or showed symptoms to be considered “probable” for infection.

More than 10,800 people statewide have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. More than 500 people have died from the disease statewide.

Denver’s emergency situation reports show outbreaks in at least 28 long-term care facilities in the city. Long-term care facilities include assisted living homes providing some elements of healthcare, facilities providing independent living options and senior or retirement communities.

As of Tuesday, Denver listed outbreaks at seven assisted living facilities, two independent living facilities, 13 skilled nursing facilities, four combined face facilities and two senior living communities. More than 200 people at these facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. The city has more than 2,000 COVID-19 positive cases.

These sites have received at least 122,873 pieces of personal protective equipment, including face masks, gloves and gowns.

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