More than a dozen people have died in the United States in a week following the first coronavirus case in the country, a trend that has spread across the country.
At least seven of the people who died in Colorado were residents who had not had symptoms before the outbreak, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
Officials in the state’s largest city of Denver reported more than 100 new cases in their city over the past 24 hours, with two deaths, and the state health department said it had received more than 6,700 calls for services.
In a statement, Mayor Michael Hancock said Denver is working with state and local health departments to keep the city safe.
“Denver has made the right decisions and we have an epidemic of this magnitude, but we have also made the wrong decisions, and we will have to make some difficult decisions,” Hancock said.
“This is not a time to hide.
This is not the time to avoid the spotlight.”
The city of New York reported 11 new cases over the weekend, with five of those deaths, according the state Health Department.
“The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has confirmed the first case of coronaviruses in New York,” a spokeswoman said.
The health department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Denver’s rate of new cases is the highest in the U.S., according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The report says that Denver has the second-highest rate of people with COVID, behind Los Angeles, which had the second highest.
The CDC is asking for people to be cautious about travel, and people who have recently been in the area to call their health department to confirm if they’ve been exposed to any new cases.