Coronavirus

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 11,485,176 coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 250,029 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The latest COVID-19 numbers in Colorado (Updated on Nov. 18):

- 172,044 cases, including 28,834 in Denver County

- 1,481,306 people tested

- 2,608 deaths among cases, including 479 in Denver County

- 1.52% fatality rate in the state

- At least 735 active outbreaks

The latest local COVID-19 news:

- Colorado's US Rep. Lamborn and US Rep. Perlmutter test positive for COVID-19 after both were elected to an eighth term earlier this month.

- As more Colorado school districts announce moves to remote learning, Polis urges schools to remain open at least for preschool and elementary students.

- One Denver family’s fight for special education services during pandemic-caused remote learning.

- Health officials urge Coloradans to celebrate Thanksgiving safely and only with people within their household over COVID-19 rises.

- Polis announces new restrictions for restaurants and gyms that could take effect in counties seeing exponential growth of COVID-19 cases, like El Paso.

- At least 10 Colorado counties, including Denver, will face new levels of public health restrictions, including prohibitions on indoor dining.

- Polis says a special session COVID-19 relief package will assist restaurants, bars, landlords and tenants, likely happening after Thanksgiving.

- Denver is expected to pass a resolution that will funnel additional $750,000 in federal COVID-19 relief into the city’s Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund.

- Governors and mayors across the U.S. are increasing COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving, fearing that holiday travel and family gatherings will worsen the record-breaking resurgence of the virus.

- Polis and state health officials urge employees to work from home as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spike.

- As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, Polis orders the State Emergency Operations Center to return to Level 1 status.

- El Paso County jail staff and inmates cite lack of masks in COVID-19 outbreak that became one of the largest in the state.

- Another 6,439 Coloradans were diagnosed with COVID-19, nearly double Monday's daily total. Polis warns residents who ignore the virus that they're playing Russian roulette.

- Most of Colorado’s 30 largest school districts are planning to offer in-person learning for the rest of the year, but the situation is changing rapidly.

- Colorado’s unemployment rates are rising, with the number of initial pandemic unemployment claims higher than it has been since June.

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