Mineral County ranked as No. 1 coronavirus hot spot in Colorado

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Published Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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Mineral County is reporting 51.3 new daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, making it the highest risk area in Colorado for the spread of the virus, according to a new online map detailing COVID-19 risks nationwide.

The county is home to just 776 people according to 2018 Census estimates, one of the smallest counties by population in the state. The county has had 17 cases and no deaths due to COVID-19 according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Harvard Global Health Institute, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation and other organizations have put together an online tool that lists COVID-19 risk levels in counties nationwide. The red risk level means more than 25 new cases per 100,000 people are occurring daily, according to the analysis.

Three counties in Colorado are currently labeled red, the data shows. They are Mineral, Jackson and Chaffee.

The orange designation indicates 10 to 24 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people; yellow, one to nine cases per 100,000; and green, less than one case per 100,000.

The online tool aims to provide guidance to local communities and policymakers on appropriate guidance on suppressing the virus in clear terms. Red counties need to institute stay-at-home orders; orange counties should opt for testing and tracing, as well as stay-at-home orders; yellow counties should institute testing and tracing; and green counties need to look to only viral testing and tracing, the analysis says.

Counties with Highest COVID-19 Risks in Each State

State

County With Highest Covid Risk Level

Daily New Cases per 100,000 People

# of Counties With 'Red' Risk Levels

Alabama

Jackson

45.1

34

Alaska

Fairbanks North Star Borough

11.7

0

Arizona

Yuma

64.8

12

Arkansas

Hot Spring

288.9

12

California

Imperial

62.1

13

Colorado

Mineral

51.3

3

Connecticut

Hartford

2.6

0

Delaware

Sussex

11.6

0

District of Columbia

--

7.4

0

Florida

Miami-Dade

91.7

48

Georgia

Coffee

103.3

62

Hawaii

Honolulu

2.6

0

Idaho

Owyhee

43.5

6

Illinois

Clark

24.1

0

Indiana

Marshall

23.2

0

Iowa

Webster

63.3

6

Kansas

Phillips 

63.2

8

Kentucky

Carroll

57.8

4

Louisiana

Cameron Parish

86.0

47

Maine

Cumberland

3.9

0

Maryland

Baltimore City

14.2

0

Massachusetts

Dukes

5.8

0

Michigan

Oceana

31.8

1

Minnesota

Watonwan

61.6

4

Mississippi

Grenada

83.3

39

Missouri

McDonald

59.4

2

Montana

Big Horn

29.0

1

Nebraska

Thurston

100.9

2

Nevada

Clark

29.0

2

New Hampshire

Hillsborough

2.9

0

New Jersey

Camden

6.0

0

New Mexico

Hidalgo

44.2

2

New York

Onondaga

5.4

0

North Carolina

Tyrrell

131.6

10

North Dakota

Cavalier

41.8

6

Ohio

Athens

24.3

0

Oklahoma

Ottawa

30.7

2

Oregon

Malheur

78.0

3

Pennsylvania

Allegheny

16.5

0

Rhode Island

Bristol

0.0

0

South Carolina

Charleston

66.0

27

South Dakota

Buffalo

72.8

3

Tennessee

Macon

80.1

12

Texas

Scurry

224.1

101

Utah

San Juan

58.8

3

Vermont

Grand Isle

5.9

0

Virginia

Westmoreland

53.1

6

Washington

Franklin

75.3

8

West Virginia

Monongalia

40.0

1

Wisconsin

Pepin

27.4

2

Wyoming

Uinta

12.7

0

Source: Harvard Global Health Institute

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