This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee's Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state's first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)

There are now 7,970,269 coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 217,696 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The latest COVID-19 numbers in Colorado (Updated on Oct. 15):

- 80,753 cases, including 15,222 in Denver County

- 1,037,975 people tested

- 2,160 deaths among cases, including 439 in Denver County

- 2.67% fatality rate in the state

- At least 274 active outbreaks

The latest local COVID-19 news:

- Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper discussed transportation, education and COVID-19 relief at Denver Metro Chamber forum. 

- Unemployment claims and pandemic unemployment claims increased at unexpected levels last week, spelling trouble for economic recovery efforts.

- With a sharp uptick in coronavirus cases across Denver, new public health orders are on their way, a spokeswoman from the Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed Wednesday.

- Bloomberg Philanthropies picked Denver as one of 30 cities to participate in a program designed to help COVID-19 recovery and ensure budget crises don't disproportionately impact vulnerable populations and communities of color.

- The state asked for feedback on ski area COVID-19 guidance, requiring ski areas and resorts to develop protocols for crowd management and safe housing for employees.

- Students at the University of Colorado Boulder are angry and disappointed with the university's COVID-19 response since the community's record-breaking outbreak began in September.

- Gov. Jared Polis Tuesday announced a new grant program and an Oct. 19 workshop designed to help restaurant owners figure out how to keep going in the cold winter ahead, despite an alarming rise of COVID-19 in Colorado.

- Colorado reported nearly 1,050 new positive coronavirus cases Monday — the most since March. Deaths from the virus have topped 2,000 in the state.

- Colorado Parks and Wildlife released a list of recommendations for hunters this season to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations.

- Colorado and Denver health officials are emphasizing vaccinations and preparedness ahead of a flu season that could exacerbate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the stressed health care system fighting it.

- Denver’s coronavirus cases have risen at a “concerning rate” over the last month, and its average daily case rate is as high as it was in May, Mayor Michael Hancock said in a press conference Monday morning.

- Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask order another 30 days, until around Nov. 10., following a drastic increase in Colorado's cases of COVID-19.

- Healthcare workers in Colorado and elsewhere are warning about increased levels of stress, anxiety and burnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

- Gov. Jared Polis’ team of medical experts has outlined a preliminary plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to Colorado residents when it becomes available.

- In the past week, Colorado had the highest seven-day average of new confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic in what appears to be a third wave of the virus. 

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