A Loveland man died Saturday from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll in Larimer County to 29.
The 68-year-old man was among the confirmed cases of coronavirus and the first death in the county since May 26.
Of the total deaths, nine are epidemiologically linked, meaning they had a connection to a case and confirmed symptoms, but the patients were never tested for COVID-19. The remaining 20 cases correspond to residents who confirmed that they had the virus.
Most of the deaths, 17 or 59%, are residents of Loveland, with nine from Fort Collins, one from Drake and the remaining two a husband and wife from Estes Park.
Six of the confirmed deaths were residents of North Shore Health & Rehab in Loveland, the first reported outbreak in the county and also the first to be considered resolved.
The outbreak, according to the county website, was discovered on March 12 and resolved on May 19; For an outbreak to be eliminated, the installation must go up to 28 days without a positive test.
The last positive test at North Shore and for all Columbine Health Systems facilities was April 22, said Yvonne Myers, director of health systems for Columbine.
Overall, Larimer County reports 672 confirmed and probable total cases, one more than the total number of cases listed on the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website on Monday. The new case, a 59-year-old Loveland man, was confirmed on Friday, June 19.
The county also lists the number of suspected cases, which are people who tested positive through an antibody test but had no symptoms and are no longer able to transmit the virus. That account went up one on Tuesday for a total of 240.
The total number of cases is cumulative since March 9, when the first positive case was reported.
Currently, there are six people hospitalized for coronavirus in all Larimer County hospitals, and the Larimer County risk factor for a possible increase in coronavirus is rated medium, at the lower end of that scale.
“Our risk is not zero, and we know it,” Katie O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, told county commissioners Tuesday. “We are doing a good job with facial covering and social distancing, so we are not seeing those increases that they are seeing in other areas, but that could happen quickly.”
Therefore, it is important for residents to continue to protect themselves, wearing face covers and distancing themselves from others, according to health officials.
Updated information is available online at larimer.org/coronavirus.