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While coronavirus COVID-19 cases statewide have exceeded 54,200 across 63 counties, with more than 1,900 deaths among infected people; more than 1,800 directly attributed to the virus, the case count rose by four in the past week in Chaffee County.

Information from the Chaffee County Public Health Department (CCHD) reported one new case on Aug. 17, two on Aug. 19 and one on Aug. 21, bringing the total cumulative for the county to 327, including 15 cases of residents who live outside the county but tested positive while here. Deaths among infected people remained at 19, 14 of which were directly due to the virus.

CCPH COVID-19 case totals as of Aug. 17.

The new cases this week included a 72-year-old man from the north end of the county, a 44-year-old man from the north end and a 24-year-old woman from the north end, all listed as symptomatic. A 22-year-old man from the south end of the county, reported earlier, was asymptomatic. All are listed as ‘resting at home.’

The CCPH dashboard current breakdown shows about 60 percent of cases come from the south end of the county (Salida, Poncha Springs), about 40 percent from the north end (Buena Vista, Nathrop).

Of the infections to date, 58.6 percent came from person-to-person known contact with someone infected. Another 21.4 percent are attributable to traveling outside the county, and 20 percent are designated as ‘community spread,’ meaning becoming infected from contact with an unknown community resident.

There have been 19 deaths locally among people with the virus, 14 directly attributed to it.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center currently reports no COVID-19 patients being treated there and the patient population is at 32 percent of its capacity. Less than five percent of local COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized.

By comparison, the San Luis Valley has seen an uptick in cases, going from a reported seven active cases in mid-August to 18 active cases as of Thursday. There five new cases each in Alamosa and Conejos counties, three each in Costilla and Rio Grande and two cases in Saguache County. Of more than 500 cases in the San Luis Valley, 54 have resulted in patients being hospitalized, and there have been 13 fatalities.