Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall has released data showing the death of a 77-year-old woman on Thursday is the county’s latest to be attributed to COVID-19.
Hall’s tally shows eight deaths of county residents attributable to the new coronavirus. Her report does not includes cities of residence for the deceased.
Boulder County Public Health’s official death total, meanwhile, which a day earlier had stood at five, increased on Thursday only to six. Three of those who have died were staff or residents of long-term care facilities, by the county’s count.
“Her (fatality) total is two more than BCPH’s numbers,” department spokesman Mike Stratton stated in an email, “probably because of timing differences between when she creates her report, and when people are entered in to the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Pubic Health and Environment) and Boulder County Public Health databases.”
The coroner’s report showed two deaths which occurred Wednesday. One was that of a 96-year-old man. The second was that of a 94-year-old woman.
Of those deaths detailed Thursday by the coroner’s office, the oldest person to die is a 98-year-old woman who succumbed Saturday. The youngest was also the first person to die, 68-year-old Dan Vigil of Lafayette, who passed away March 22. The average age of Boulder County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 50.
Boulder County has run well behind most of its Front Range neighbors in fatalities that are attributed to the pandemic. Weld County, just to the east, despite a slightly smaller population, has recorded 36 deaths to date. Jefferson County, as another example, with not quite double Boulder County’s population, has now seen 25 deaths.
Also on Thursday, health officials reported 217 people have now tested positive or probable for COVID-19 in Boulder County. Of those, 57 required hospitalization and 100 have recovered.
Thirty-two staff or residents have tested positive from a total of seven long-term care…
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