COVID has now officially been in Colorado for more than a year.

The pandemic has certainly impacted all ways of life in Northern Colorado. But data from the Colorado Department of Health, shows the virus has been more deadly on the east side of Interstate 25.

Here's a comparison of Larimer and Weld county data:

  • Larimer County: 356,938 population. 224 deaths. 20,370 cases (5,706.9 cases per 100K).
  • Weld County: 323,763 population. 319 deaths. 25,779 cases (7,962.2 cases per 100K).

While Weld County has 33,175 less people than it's Larimer County neighbor, Weld has seen nearly 100 more deaths and 5,000 more total cases.

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Weld did see a spike with an outbreak at one of the county's largest employers, JBS. Six employees died and nearly 300 tested positive.

Larimer County has seen it's biggest outbreak at Colorado State University, where 2,175 cases have been reported. Sierra Vista Healthcare Center saw a county-high 18 deaths.

Weld County has yet to report any COVID deaths under the age of 40, with the highest amount coming from those 80 and older.

Larimer County has a confirmed COVID death as young as 25 years old but has had 51% of its deaths so far come from those 85 and older.

Fortunately both counties are among the top 10 in the state for COVID vaccines administered.

Larimer County has reported administering about 100,000 vaccines so far. Weld, meanwhile, has administered 70,806 so far.

Colorado governor Jared Polis did recently say Colorado could "be very close to normal" by this summer. An epidemiologist from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz tends to agree in an interview with 9News.

After a full calendar year of the pandemic, a normal summer is certainly something all throughout Northern Colorado would welcome.

The NoCo Virus Tracker articles are made possible by our partners, the Keep NoCo Open campaign that reminds citizens to wear a mask, wash your hands, physically distance and support local as Northern Colorado recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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