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Five new coronavirus outbreaks reported for Cortez

Grocery store, retailer and hotel report staff infections
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Montezuma County has reported five new active COVID-19 outbreaks, bringing its total active cases to 23, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

The county has had a total of 24 outbreaks. One has been resolved and is off the active list.

CDPHE defines an “outbreak” of COVID-19 as two or more people who contract the virus in a single location within 14 days.

The dates illnesses were determined to be an outbreak and locations are:

Jan. 4, City Market No. 408 in Cortez: Two staff have tested positive.Jan. 4, Hampton Inn Mesa Verde in Cortez: Two staff have tested positive.Jan. 4, Taylor Plumbing and Heating in Cortez: Two staff have tested positive.Dec. 22, Souder, Miller & Associates in Cortez: Three staff have tested positive.Dec. 20, Garcia & Co. Jewelers in Cortez: Two staff have tested positive.As of Jan. 4, Montezuma County reported a total of 1,292 positive cases of COVID-19, up from 1,191 cases on Dec. 28, an 8% increase. There are currently 813 active cases. Eleven deaths have been attributed to COVID-19,

Jan 14, 2021
Six COVID-19 deaths, outbreak reported at Cortez and Mancos nursing homes