Douglas County sees 28 COVID-19 deaths so far

The health department’s online reporting appears to be delayed

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At least 28 people from Douglas County have died as a result of COVID-19 as of April 27, according to data from the county coroner’s office.

While the official data from Tri-County Health Department posted online states only 21 people have died, coroner Jill Romann has confirmed the deaths of at least seven additional patients due to the global pandemic. Romann has forwarded this information to the health department but has seen a delay in online updates, she said.

Tri-County confirmed that the coroner’s office has the most up-to-date information and added that the delay could come from different reporting techniques between the agencies or a back-up of the state’s testing database. A note from the health department’s website states that data “may not reflect the number of cases in real-time,” as epidemiologists focus on preventing the spread of the illness. 

In addition to the three deaths already reported at the Vi assisted living facility in Highlands Ranch, there have been five other deaths of Douglas County residents at senior living or nursing facilities. One each came from Abundant Life Assisted Living in Castle Rock and Belleview Station Nursing Home in Denver, and two came from Silver Heights Skilled Nursing Home in Castle Rock, according to data from the coroner’s office. One death at a skilled nursing facility had not yet been traced to a specific location as of April 27.

Of the 28 patients whose COVID-19-related deaths have been confirmed so far, 21 were in their 80s or 90s; the youngest was a 52-year-old man from Castle Rock.

Tri-County covers Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. As of April 27, there were 99 COVID-19-related deaths in Arapahoe County and 44 in Adams County, according to data on Tri-County’s website, www.tchd.org/823/Case-Updates.

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