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Colorado health officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ as state’s omicron surge peaks

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Colorado Health Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' As State'S Omicron Surge Peaks

As new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Colorado, public health officials on Thursday expressed optimism that the state’s microbial growth spurt has peaked, but warned that the virus remains widespread and hospitalizations are rising. still very large.

The percentage of positive test results and the number of new cases have been declining for about a week, although it is not clear if hospitalizations are starting to decline, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said at a briefing on Thursday.

“At this point, I really believe we’re seeing a real decline in cases in this state,” Herlihy said, adding that she’s “cautiously optimistic that we’ve turned the corner with our omicron surge.”

The virus appears to be receding in mountain resort communities and the Denver area, she said, though cases are still on the rise in Pueblo, El Paso and Mesa counties.

“We are seeing improvements,” Herlihy said. “But of course those numbers are still very high.”

As of Thursday afternoon, 1,641 people were hospitalized across the state with confirmed COVID-19. That’s a slight improvement, as hospitalizations hovered between 1,650 and 1,675 for much of the past week. But it’s too early to tell if the plateau is on a downward trend, Herlihy said.

The number of available hospital beds has increased slightly in recent days, said Scott Bookman, the state’s head of COVID-19 response. Over the past week, an average of 93% of general beds and 92% of ICU beds have been occupied.

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