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Outbreak of COVID-19 reported at Durango homeless camp

Two residents test positive, state health department says
Two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at Durango’s homeless camp.

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been reported at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango, according to state health department records.

The outbreak was confirmed Tuesday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, after two residents had confirmed positive COVID-19 tests.

According to state guidelines, an outbreak is defined as two or more positive cases, within a workplace, in a 14-day period.

At the Four Corners Health Care Center, the state reports that a total of 22 residents have now died as a result of an outbreak first reported in late November. In total, 94 residents and 53 staff members have tested positive.

Recently reported outbreaks include:

The city of Durango’s Collection and Distribution Utilities Department, where an outbreak was confirmed Dec. 23 after two employees tested positive.Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Child Care Center, where an outbreak was confirmed Monday after two staff members tested positive.Previously reported, but still active outbreaks include: Bayfield High School, Durango Transit Center, Hilltop House, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sonic and Walmart.

jromeo@durangoherald.com

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