The number of coronavirus-related deaths in long-term care facilities in Boulder and Broomfield counties continued to rise this week.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data released Wednesday shows there have been 48 coronavirus-related deaths among long-term care facility residents in Boulder County — up four from last week. Broomfield saw five more death cases as compared to last week, which had 18 deaths reported.

Boulder County has had 255 people associated with long-term care facilities in Boulder County test positive or be considered probable for COVID-19, according to Chana Goussetis, Boulder County Public Health’s spokesperson. This is an increase of 22 cases, as compared to last week, she said.

There are 42 long-term care facilities in Boulder County, not including senior living or independent living communities. Goussetis said a new outbreak was reported this week, bringing the total number of active outbreaks in long-term care facilities to eight. A ninth Boulder County facility resolved its outbreak.

The Bridge at Longmont reported its outbreak resolved as of May 12. While the outbreak was active, the facility reported eight coronavirus deaths and one probable death. For an outbreak to be resolved, a facility must have no one become ill with the coronavirus for 28 days, Goussetis said.

Lori Follett is the regional director of resident care for Century Park Associates, which The Bridge is part of. She commended her “courageous” staff and thanked them for their dedication in helping residents recover. Follett added that they are excited to see residents return from rehabilitation after battling the virus.

Among facilities with active outbreaks, the Peaks Care Center continues to have the most deaths reported. The facility has had a total of 16 coronavirus deaths and one probable death — up three from last week. Forty-eight residents have tested positive and one is probable for the coronavirus. Additionally, 33 staff members…

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