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Ten days into August, there were eight new cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County, including two involving additional Department of Corrections staff.

Two new community infections were reported Aug. 10, two more community cases and two Buena Vista Correctional Complex (BVCC) workers were listed on Aug. 7, and one case each on Aug. 2 and 5. The figures come from the Chaffee County Public Health Department COVID Dashboard.

In the past week, five men, ranging between 31 and 56 years old were tested positive for the virus, all but one was symptomatic and all are reported resting at home, according to Chaffee County Public Health, headed by director Andrea Carlstrom.

This brings the county overall total to 316 cases, including the 13 out-of-county people who tested positive here but live elsewhere.

The in-county cases include 193 BVCC inmates and 12 staff, along with 44  residents and 12 staff at Columbine Manor Care Center as well as 42 community cases.

There have been a total of 19 deaths of people with the virus locally, 14 were confirmed as COVID-19 directly responsible.

Chaffee County Public Health

Statewide, there have been more than 51,000 cases, more than 6,600 hospitalizations, and 1,863 deaths of infected people, 1,746 attributed to the virus.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is currently treating one COVID-19 patient and is currently at 64 percent of its capacity, the Monday report stated.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported Aug. 10 there were 185 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, another 134 as COVID patients under investigation.

CDPHE also revealed that five health facilities were anticipating staff shortages in the next week; four hospitals anticipated ICU bed shortages and one anticipated shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the next week.

Chaffee County announced it is accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours a week) nurse to work in the Public Health Department with the COVID-19 program. Under the direct supervision and guidance of the CDPH Director Andrea Carlstrom, with support from the internal COVID-19 team, the COVID-19 Public Health Nurse will be responsible for participating in the COVID-19 efforts including testing (set-up, day of activities at the testing site, and results follow-up), contact tracing, and education and outreach.