Larimer County sees 5 new COVID outbreaks mostly in healthcare facilities

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Five new outbreaks were reported in Larimer County this week, the two largest at Ravencrest Chalet in Estes Park and Lighthouse Sober Living in Fort Collins.

Ravencrest Chalet, a Bible school and retreat center, reported an outbreak of 22 cases among site participants – the largest newly reported outbreak this week. The center hosts retreats, youth camps and two different levels of Bible school.

This is the second outbreak of Ravencrest. Her previous outbreak was reported in late January and resolved in early March. This epidemic included 45 cases.

Representatives for Ravencrest Chalet did not respond to Coloradoan’s requests for comment.

Ravencrest is listed as a college or university in the state’s Outbreak Database, making it the only active outbreak in Larimer County at a higher education institution. An epidemic at Colorado State University was reported in data from last week – its first of the school year – but has already been resolved, meaning it’s been 28 days after symptoms first appeared in the last case, according to Ministry of Health definitions. Colorado Public Health and Environment.

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Lighthouse, a sober men’s residential home in Fort Collins, reported an outbreak of 11 cases on Monday, December 6. Eight were among the residents and three among the staff, according to state data. Due to the outbreak, Lighthouse is required to perform weekly testing until no additional cases are reported for 14 days, as it is considered a healthcare facility.

Representatives for Lighthouse did not respond to Coloradoan requests for comment.

The state health department considers an outbreak in a healthcare facility to be two or more positive cases in a 14-day period. In most other settings, an outbreak requires five or more cases.

Three of the five new outbreaks were in long-term care facilities, but all three were in small numbers: Brookdale Fort Collins Memory Care had four cases, three among residents and one in a staff member; Hillcrest in Loveland had one resident and one staff member who tested positive; and the Rocky Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had three staff members tested positive, state data showed.

Staff in long-term care facilities should be vaccinated and tested regularly for COVID-19.

A Brookdale spokesperson would only confirm that more than one member of the Brookdale community has tested positive and that they are following guidelines and protocols recommended by local and state health officials and the agency state licensing.

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“Our goal with community-wide testing is to help contain the virus,” the spokesperson said. “We are diligently monitoring our residents and associates for signs and symptoms, and we continue to work directly with local health officials to ensure our residents and associates have the appropriate and necessary medical support. “

This is the establishment’s third outbreak. The first was reported on December 14, 2020 and considered resolved on December 30, 2020. The second was reported on March 25 of this year and was considered resolved on April 13. These two epidemics have totaled 11 positive cases.

Hillcrest spokeswoman Constance Sablan said the outbreak has grown to four cases since it was first reported, including three residents and a team member who were identified through further testing. Among the positive cases, one was in an unvaccinated resident, she said.

About 98% of Hillcrest’s 95 residents are vaccinated and the majority have received their booster shots at the facility’s recent clinic. About 94% of staff are vaccinated, she said. Those who were not vaccinated were given waivers for religious or medical reasons.

Unvaccinated staff members are tested daily before their shifts. Once a positive case is identified, staff and residents are tested twice a week until the community is healed.

Sablan said the facility was made aware that a resident had been exposed to someone outside the facility who tested positive.

The Rocky Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not respond to Coloradoan’s requests for comment.

The five new homes brought the total number of active homes in the county to 58, a decrease of one from the previous week. Six outbreaks active in last week’s data, including that from Colorado State University, have been marked as resolved in this week’s data.

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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment in Larimer County

UCHealth is increasing access to monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 with the aim of reducing the severity of the disease and preventing hospitalizations.

A COVID-19 treatment center at UCHealth of the Rockies Medical Center in Loveland will provide treatment to those who meet certain criteria, including those at high risk of serious infection who:

  • Have a COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Have mild symptoms that started within the past 10 days
  • Are not yet hospitalized

People at high risk include people:

  • Pregnant
  • 65 and over
  • Obese or overweight
  • Diagnosed with underlying medical conditions such as cancer; Diabetes; heart disease; weakened immune systems; mental health problems; lung, kidney or liver disease; and more

The center is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and coordinated by the Colorado State Unified Coordination Center and the US Department of Health and Human Services at the request of Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

“Monoclonal antibodies are made in the laboratory and designed to target a specific virus or bacteria,” explained a press release from UCHealth. “Monoclonal antibodies against COVID-19 attach to the virus to prevent it from entering human cells. The monoclonal antibody protein also “tags” the virus for breakdown by the immune system and cleared from the body. “

UCHealth has been providing treatment for about a year at some of its other locations in Colorado. The Medical Center of the Rockies center opened recently after COVID-19 hospitalizations in the area continued to rise. The center can treat around 80 patients per day.

Appointments are required and patients should speak with their doctor to determine if they are eligible for treatment. UCHealth said those who are not in high-risk groups will not be considered, per FDA guidelines.

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Where is Larimer County located with mask mandate metrics?

From data extracted from Larimer County COVID-19 Dashboard On the morning of December 10, Larimer County met with two of the four measures required by county health officials to end the county’s mask mandate – the county’s positivity rate was 6.8% and the rate seven-day cases per 100,000 was 235.

In his October public health decree, the county cited the following criteria that had to be met for 21 days before the warrant could be overturned: fewer than 65 COVID patients in Larimer County hospitals; Use of intensive care at less than 90% of usual levels; a seven-day case rate per 100,000 under 300; and a 7-day positivity rate of less than 10%.

Check out the historical data on how the numbers compare to county metrics in the graph below.

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COVID-19 Outbreaks in Larimer County

Note: Asterisks indicate newly reported outbreaks since the data was released on December 1.

Entries in bold indicate outbreaks with 10 or more confirmed and probable cases, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Allen Service

Amazon fulfillment center

Bauder Primary School

Bennett Elementary School

Bright Horizons – East Fort Collins

* Brookdale Fort Collins Memory Care

Cache la Poudre Elementary School

Campion Academy

Catholic refuge for charities

Coyote Ridge Elementary School

Creekside Village Health and Rehabilitation

Dellenbach Subaru

Eyestone Primary School

Fort Collins Health Care Center

Fort Collins Police Department

Society of the Good Samaritan – Loveland Village

Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village Assisted Living

Hach Company

*Loveland Hills Ridge

Kruse Elementary School

Larimer County Alternative Sentencing Department

Larimer County Community Corrections

Larimer County Jail

Larimer County Sheriff’s Department – Court Division

Health and rehabilitation of avenue Lemay

Lesher College

Liberty joint charter school

* Lighthouse Sober Living House for men

Lincoln College

López Primary School

Loveland High School

Lucile Erwin College

Lyon sandstone

MacKenzie Place Fort Collins

McGraw Elementary School

Mountain View High School

Mountaintop Childcare Inc.

New Mercer Commons

New Vision Charter School 4-8 Campus

High School Powder

* Bible school at Chalet Ravnkrest

Rawhide Energy Station

*Rocky Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Primary Christian of the Resurrection

Christian Resurrection College / High School

Ridgeview Classical School

Sam’s Club, Loveland

Spring Creek LLC School

Sprout Farmers Market, Lincoln Ave., Loveland

Areas of the Sugar Valley

Super Vacuum Manufacturing Co.

Green houses in Mirasol

The Sunshine House Fort Collins – Bucking Horse

The Sunshine House of Loveland in Centerra

Thompson Valley High School

Walmart Distribution Center

Youth learning center

Zach Core Knowledge Elementary School

Pat Ferrier is a senior journalist who covers business, health care and growth issues in northern Colorado. Contact her at [email protected] Molly Bohannon covers education for Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @molboha or contact her at [email protected] Support their work and that of fellow Colorado journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.


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