Tuesday, November 30, 2021

More Coloradans now hospitalized with COVID than at any point in 2021

Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are higher than they have been at any time as we bid a less-than-amateur farewell to 2020, and about 90% of intensive-care beds in the state are full.

As of Thursday, 982 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number since December 31. At the peak on December 2, 1,841 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases.

The state’s COVID-19 incident commander, Scott Bookman, asked anyone eligible and receiving vaccinations to receive COVID-19 and seasonal flu shots, to reduce the strain on hospitals.

About 78% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado have not been vaccinated.

Two weeks ago, Colorado had about 166 new cases for every 100,000 people, and was doing better than most states, said state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. He said as of Thursday, the rate had risen to 268 cases per 100,000 people, the 14th highest rate in the country.

This reflects both the rising number of cases in Colorado and the improving situation in the South.

“This is a really important change for us,” she said during a news briefing on Friday.

New cases rose 16% last week, after climbing 5% the week before, Hurley said. He said there are some signs this week could be a little better, but there are going to be several weeks of steady improvement before Colorado can say the worst is over.

While Hurley still referred to the situation as a high plateau, she acknowledged that the recent rise could be the start of another spike. Typically, respiratory viruses spread more efficiently in the winter, although SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t always follow those rules, she said.

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“This is one of those cases where my epi (demiology) crystal ball isn’t very clear,” she said.

Hurlihi said cases are highest in children between 6 and 11, who are not eligible for vaccination, and children between 12 and 17. They are also growing particularly in the Eastern Plains, Southwest Counties, and the San Luis Valley, he said.

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