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COVID-19 update for June 16: Bars, concert venues could open soon


Through June 15, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was reporting 29,442 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, 1,617 people have died with COVID-19, and of those, the deaths of 1,373 people were directly attributed to the disease.

El Paso County Public Health was reporting 1,992 cases and 112 deaths by the afternoon of June 16. The county reported 32 new cases on June 16, representing a jump: The daily average over the previous seven days was 10.29 cases.

Meanwhile, Colorado bars and concert venues — many of which have been closed since March — may be able to open in late June or early July with precautionary measures in place, Gov. Jared Polis announced June 15.

These changes will take place as part of the third major phase of the state’s coronavirus response, following “Stay at Home” and “Safer at Home.”

The new phase, called “Protect Our Neighbors,” will provide more flexibility for individual counties based on the size of local outbreaks in different parts of the state.

Under the state’s proposed plan for this phase, all activities (other than mass gatherings with 500 people or more) would be permitted at 50 percent capacity.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we have to find a way to sustainably live with this virus in our communities until there is a cure or vaccine,” Polis said in a statement.…



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