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Coronavirus-related deaths in Colorado are approaching 300 as the total number of confirmed cases of the disease in the state jumped to 7,300 on Sunday.

Total fatalities linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, reached 291. That’s an increase of 17 deaths over what was reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Saturday.

Hospitalizations grew slightly to 1,417, an increase of 12 over Saturday.

The new deaths reported on Sunday include the first in Summit County.

The deaths by county are:


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  • Weld County – 48
  • Denver – 46
  • Arapahoe County – 38
  • El Paso County – 37
  • Jefferson County – 29
  • Adams County – 26
  • Boulder County – 11
  • Douglas County – 19
  • Larimer County – 9
  • Eagle County – 5
  • Montrose County – 4
  • Pueblo – 3
  • Gunnison County – 3
  • Chaffee County – 3
  • Teller County – 2
  • Pitkin County – 2
  • Montezuma County – 2
  • Garfield County – 2
  • Broomfield County – 2
  • Alamosa County -2
  • Out of state – 2
  • Summit County – 1
  • Elbert County – 1
  • Ouray County – 1
  • Delta County – 1
  • Crowley County – 1

One of the new fatalities was a 39-year-old Florida man who died in Park County on Sunday. “Park County Public Health conducted a disease tracing investigation and have determined that the risk to Park County Citizens is low,” the county said in a news release.

The new confirmed cases represent an increase of more than 400 over Saturday. Health officials in Colorado have warned that there are potentially tens of thousands of people infected in the state but that their cases haven’t been identified because of a dearth of testing.

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Jesse Paul is a Denver-based political reporter and editor at The Colorado Sun, covering the state legislature, Congress and local politics. He is the author of The Unaffiliated newsletter and also occasionally fills in on breaking news coverage.

A Colorado College graduate, Jesse worked at The Denver Post from June 2014 until July 2018, when he joined The Sun. He was also an intern at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, his hometown.

Jesse has won awards for long form feature writing, public service reporting, sustained coverage and deadline news reporting.

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