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June 17, 2020

Spike in New COVID-19 Cases in Boulder

Spike in New COVID-19 Cases in Boulder

Residents advised to be diligent about taking precautions to stop further spread.

Boulder County, CO – Since last Thursday, June 11, and as of 8 a.m. today, 108 Boulder County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of new cases are among college-age people living in the Hill neighborhood, although this does not represent all of the new cases. Some of the people newly infected report recent out-of-state travel as well as attending large gatherings in Boulder.

“It’s important to remember that this virus is still active in our community and we all need to take personal responsibility to follow the orders and guidance. Our personal actions can have social, economic, and health consequences for the entire community,” said Jeff Zayach Boulder County Public Health executive director.

These new cases represent a reversal in the trend of new cases in Boulder County. Prior to last week, Boulder County had the second lowest new case rate in the Metro Denver Area. As of today, the county has the third highest increase in new cases just after Denver and Adams counties.

“Regardless of where you live, this increase in cases can affect you,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease Control program manager. “If there was ever a time to choose to stay home, now is the time. If you have to go out, continue to be very diligent about social distancing, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

Current data suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure (e.g. within six feet) to a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or eyes or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close proximity. Transmission may also happen by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Local COVID-19 updates are shared by press release, as well as on the Boulder County Public Health Facebook and Twitter social media pages and Boulder County Public Health COVID-19 website at