Construction site at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in the throes of an ‘active’ COVID-19 outbreak

Artist's rendering - Trinidad Mt. San Rafael Hospital expansion

The construction site on the property of Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad is identified as having an active outbreak of COVID-19, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The CDPHE listed the site as an outbreak Sept. 15, with eight lab-confirmed cases of the virus.

It remains an active outbreak.

Neither Mt. San Rafael Hospital officials nor Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department Director Kim Gonzales replied to queries from The World Journal Friday afternoon.

The individual COVID-19 cases have not been listed either by the local health department or CDPHE in the Las Animas County case totals. Nor are they reflected in the state’s “dial” for Las Animas County.

It appears that COVID-19 case numbers for outbreaks are reported by the state separately from other community cases.

CDPHE lists 717 outbreaks in Colorado, with 23% still active, and 14,961 “confirmed and probably outbreak associated cases.”