COVID-19 case rate declines following switch to remote operation

Annika Schmidt

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     Last week, 22 new COVID-19 cases were reported at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and seven cases have been reported this week as of Dec. 8, after one case was reported on Sunday and six on Monday. There have been a total of 237 positive cases this semester. 

     The weekly case rate at UCCS has been declining; 28 cases were reported during the week of Thanksgiving Break and 35 cases the week prior. 

     Case numbers reported by UCCS are based on positive testing conducted on campus and students off-campus who report positive tests to the university. 

     Rapid antigen testing has also increased, with nearly 400 tests conducted since it was first introduced at UCCS in October. Sixty-six rapid tests were conducted last week and five were already conducted on Monday of this week. 

     A total of 121 students have utilized isolation rooms on campus this semester, 13 of which were in isolation last week.  

     For more data on COVID-19 at UCCS, visit the COVID-19-Ready-Dashboard on the UCCS website. 

COVID-19 in El Paso County  

     El Paso County remains in Level Red: Severe Risk, one of 31 counties in the state of Colorado to be listed at this level. Currently, none of Colorado’s 64 counties are at Level Green: Protect Your Neighbors, and only one is at the next level, Blue: Caution.  

     So far, no Colorado counties have qualified to enter the most recently added, Level Purple: Extreme Risk, which falls just above the Red category. 

     The Hospital Status in El Paso County is also listed as “Red,” meaning healthcare resources and supplies are strained. 

     There have been over 30,000 cases reported in El Paso County and 351 deaths. On Dec. 7, there were 433 new cases reported, while the highest incident rate for new cases was on Dec. 2, when over 1,000 new cases were reported in the county. 

     While countywide case data appears to be plateauing, statewide data seems to be following a similar trend after peaking in mid-November. Over 4,000 people tested positive on Monday, Dec. 7, while cases peaked on Nov. 13 when 6,499 new cases were reported. 

Graphic created by Taylor Burnfield.