Monday, November 29, 2021

Colorado has fewer than 100 ICU beds available as COVID hospitalizations continue

Colorado hit a new low for hospital beds this week, with about 800 general beds and less than 100 intensive care beds available.

The state’s COVID Scott Buchman said that even at the worst point of the 2020 wave, the state had about 1,800 general beds available, but now hospitals are facing a surge in the virus at the same time, while overall The patient volume is increasing. 19 Incident Commander.

“I think we are all disappointed that we are here today,” he said during a news conference on Friday.

Colorado hospitals have about 8,800 general beds and 1,600 beds in intensive care units, which have specialized equipment and staff to treat critically ill patients.

As of Friday afternoon, hospitalizations were at their highest level since December 19, with 1,296 people receiving care across the state for confirmed COVID-19. At the peak on December 1, there were 1,847 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

Buchman said that the cases are also increasing continuously. Hospitalizations take about a week, so the continued upward trend of new infections suggests that hospitals will not get any respite in the days to come.

“Obviously these are incredibly numbers related,” he said.

Buchman said about 80% of those hospitalized have not been vaccinated, so getting the shot is the most important way to keep hospitals from being overrun. He said everyone should wear a mask in public indoor places, stay home and get tested if they don’t feel well and get a booster shot if they are eligible.

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He, however, ruled out the possibility of reinstating the mask mandate.

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