Mar 5, 2021 - News
Colorado approaches 6,000 COVID-19 deaths
Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Colorado is approaching 6,000 deaths related to COVID-19 — an unfathomable benchmark that comes one year after officials confirmed the first cases in the state.

The big picture: About one out of every 1,000 Coloradans alive at the beginning of the pandemic fell victim to it, as The Colorado Sun wrote.

The latest official numbers in Colorado:

  • Positive cases: 433,021, 7.5% of the population
  • Deaths: 5,960, 0.1%
  • Vaccinated (two doses): 521,567, 9%

How we compare: In the three major benchmarks, Colorado fares positively in per capita rankings compared to other states, a pair of New York Times analyses show.

  • Positive cases: 39th
  • Deaths: 41st
  • Vaccination rate: 21st

What to watch: Colorado is one of 10 states with a rising case count through Tuesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, after a 12% increase in the 7-day average.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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