Coronavirus in Colorado, June 15: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

As thousands of people poured into the streets around the country to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, a microscopic menace was almost certainly there too, eager to propagate and spread through the jostling and shouting crowds that gathered for hours on end, day after day.

It’s a scenario that would seemingly give health officials trying to quell the worst pandemic in a century heartburn and distress. But in fact, a sizable contingent of medical professionals across the country have defended — and even encouraged — the enormous gatherings as a vital response to systemic racial disparities and police brutality in America.

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Colorado’s infections as a result of the coronavirus continue to creep up, according to data released Sunday by health officials, while hospitalizations for those fighting COVID-19 dropped slightly.

According to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Hospital Association, the total of those hospitalized due to the coronavirus dipped late Sunday afternoon to 162 after 166 had been reported Saturday. April 14 remains the peak point of hospitalizations with 888 statewide.

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While states, including Colorado, are beginning to reopen restaurants and parks, there’s still a global respiratory pandemic underway, and several regions across the nation are experiencing an uptick in cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

So public health officials are encouraging Coloradans, especially those at risk for complications from the novel coronavirus, to turn their summer holidays into staycations. This is because each time a person leaves their home they risk exposure to — and potentially further spreading of — the coronavirus.

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