COVID cases staying low in region as school is about to begin

New cases of COVID-19 in the region continue to remain low as area school districts prepare to begin the 2020-21 school year with in-person learning in the coming weeks.

As it stands now, schools likely will start in the Green Phase, which is the least restrictive.
Yuma County’s last new confirmed case was reported on August 4, according to the data on the Northeast Colorado Health Department website, The “active cases” in the county stood at six as of this past Tuesday afternoon’s update. The county did have a small spike of five new cases on July 30, but there has been the only one new case reported since.
Yuma County had a total of 10 new confirmed cases in July, but five came on the second to last day of the month.
June was a bit more active with 12 new cases spread out over the month.
Washington County has had three new confirmed cases since July 30, but those are the county’s first new cases since June 30.
Washington County stands at 21 cumulative cases since pandemic hit northeast Colorado in mid-March. (The Washington County numbers do not include the outbreak at the Washington County Justice Center. If that is added in, WashCo has 49 cumulative cases.)
Yuma County has 63 cumulative cases since mid-March.
While the conditions look good, it should be noted Yuma County has had 12 cases involving people between the ages of 5 to 19. Phillips County has zero in that age range, and Washington and Sedgwick counties one each, along with two in Logan. Only Morgan County, with 37, has had more.
Phillips County has not had a new case since July 22, and has 19 cumulative cases since mid-March.
Sedgwick County had the spike of 11 cases in mid-July, the county’s first recorded cases during the pandemic, and one death, but has not had any new cases since July 20.