Friday, October 15, 2021

Fewer ICU beds available in Colorado now than COVID surge during deadly winter

Colorado had fewer than 200 intensive care beds available as of Friday morning, meaning hospitals in the state have little capacity to take on new patients at any time during the pandemic.

While the virus is part of the problem, hospitals are also seeing people become seriously ill out of care in the past year, and the number of patients with injuries has returned to normal levels, according to the state’s COVID-19 incidence. Commander Scott Bookman said.

“The difference between this wave and all previous waves is that Coloradans have returned to live their normal lives,” he said at a news conference on Friday.

Buchman said there were 197 beds in intensive care units in the state that were not in use as of Friday morning. He said hospitals have begun converting rooms to serve ICU patients, canceling elective procedures and closing non-emergency clinics to move staff to overcrowded units.

Buchman said that statewide, 902 people were hospitalized for confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is higher than the peak of the early spring 2020 wave. In the worst of last year, in early December, the state recorded 1,847 confirmed hospitalizations from the virus.

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About 81% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated, as have 85% of those who have died from the virus in recent weeks.

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