Doing anything, including traveling has felt more precarious these past eight months as the country has dealt with the pandemic known as COVID-19. Air travel out of Denver International Airport just got more concerning this week.
The TSA reports that there are 37 new, positive cases of COVID-19 among its screening officers at Denver International Airport. The 37 are not TSA’s only positive cases: they report two additional cases among their non-screening staff.
As this is reported, COVID-19 cases have surged in Colorado. Denver, Arapahoe and Adams counties in the metro area have moved to higher levels of their COVID-19 Level 3 Safer-at-Home protocols.
In Denver County, restaurants have been limited to 25 percent capacity and gathering sizes are being limited. Starting Wednesday, gyms are allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity or with 25 people inside, whichever is fewer. Denver’s positivity rate went over seven percent this week.
On Wednesday, Colorado for the first time surged over 100,000 reported COVID-19 cases, placing the state over the national threshold for pandemic surge concerns.
The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment’s data page lists 436 active outbreaks statewide, as of Thursday morning. The site is being updated daily. This morning, they include; the Colorado Youthful Offender system, schools and universities, grocery stores, casinos, golf centers, restaurants, bars, hair salons, churches, government centers, prisons, sports clubs, wedding event centers, housing authorities, even Goodwill and now TSA.
According to Infectious Disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, many, but not all, the outbreaks begin with personal and social gathering places where lack of social distancing and lack of facemasks are fueling the spread of COVID-19.
To view the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard county-by-county: click here.