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San Juan County, Colorado, records first COVID-19-related death

A state COVID-19 map showing one-week cumulative incidence rates, or new cases reported per 100,000 people by county, as of Thursday.
Coronavirus updates for La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel and Archuleta counties

A 53-year-old woman died from COVID-19 in San Juan County, the county’s first recorded death attributed to the disease, the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said Wednesday.

The woman was a part-time resident, the county agency said.

The number of cases in San Juan County has decreased. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the county was at Level Yellow, with between 100 and 300 cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people.

La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and Archuleta counties all fell into the yellow level. San Miguel County was at Level Orange, with a one-week cumulative incidence rate of 465 reported cases per 100,000 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies all six counties as having high community transmission rates.

As of Wednesday, San Juan County had 86 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the CDPHE.

The county had a high rate of transmission and a 5.88% virus positivity rate. Almost 91% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

La Plata County

The CDC reported 85 cases over the past seven days in La Plata County, with a 4.55% positivity rate and 69.3% vaccination rate.

There have been 4,737 total cases and 46 total deaths since the pandemic began, according to CDPHE data.

That data showed one death in the past seven days.

Montezuma County

As of Wednesday, seven-day data showed 57 cases, with a 6.45% of positivity rate – down from 8.51% last week, according to the CDC. No deaths were reported this week, and 59.3% of the eligible population was fully vaccinated.

State data showed that there have been 2,391 total cases in the county, and 29 deaths – none in the past week.

Last week, the county announced that it would no longer post COVID-19 case updates to its website and Facebook page.

Dolores County

Dolores County has 40.3% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, CDC data showed.

CDPHE data reflected 150 total cases in the county – three new in the past week – and one death, but no deaths in the past week.

San Miguel County

In San Miguel County, 41 cases were recorded in the past seven days. The county had a 3.35% virus positivity rate, and 79.5% of eligible residents were fully vaccinated.

Three people have died in the past week, and 1,039 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began.

Archuleta County

Twenty-four cases, zero deaths and a 9.22% positivity rate were recorded in the past seven days, according to CDC data. The county’s transmission rate was rated high, and 54.9% of the eligible population was fully vaccinated.

Two deaths and 1,263 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began, according to CDPHE.

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