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Monday, July 4, 2022

Colorado’s COVID Hospitalizations and Deaths at March’s Levels

Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have reached levels seen in early March, and it’s unclear when they might start to fall.

Hospitalizations increased by almost 20% compared to the previous week, from 270 on June 7 to 323 on Tuesday. About 89% of beds in intensive care units and 91% of general hospital beds were filled as of Tuesday, although most were used by people hospitalized for something other than COVID-19.

It’s likely that the number of recorded hospitalizations would be higher if the facilities were still testing every patient who arrived, as they did at this time last year, according to the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Beth Carlton, an associate professor, said.

While they are still mainly catching people hospitalized because of the virus, they may be missing people who may have previously been identified as virus patients and in “gray zones” where an infection is an underlying condition. can increase, he said.

The deaths have also started to rise with 46 reported in the first week of June. This is the highest weekly total since the beginning of March, and could rise if reports come late.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 16,566 new cases in the week ending Sunday, up 14% from the previous week. Cases showed a slight decrease in the first days of this week, but it is not clear whether this is an actual decrease or the result of a backlog.

The percentage of tests that come back positive has fallen to an average of 11.9% in the last seven days as compared to the previous week. Generally, anything above 5% raises concerns about missed cases.

A shift to rely on at-home tests has reduced the number of cases, as many people do not know they can report their tests, and others choose not to give in or skip through the process. Choose. Home testing can also slightly increase the positivity rate, as almost no one reports their negative results.

Colorado’s COVID-19 outbreak spiked again, from 544 a week ago to 557 on Wednesday. The decline in school outbreaks partly offsets growth in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities and child care centers.

Carlton said it’s not clear exactly where the numbers are headed, but for now, the virus is widespread in Colorado. People should wear masks in indoor public places, especially in the Denver area and other people identified as having particularly high transmission, she said.

“All the information points to a high level of infection,” she said.

As of Wednesday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considered 14 counties in Colorado to be at a high risk level: Adams, Arapaho, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, La Plata, Mesa, Ore., Pitkin, Rio Blanco, San Juan. and San Miguel.

Those counties had at least 200 cases for every 100,000 people in the past week and either had at least 10 new hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the past week or used 10% of their hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. was done by

According to the CDC, about 10% of counties nationwide are at a high risk level. Overall, there has been a decrease in cases and hospitalizations in recent days, with a decrease in the Northeast offsetting the South and West.

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