The total number of new COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions in Colorado is declining, but public health officials warned Friday that the state is seeing “substantial change” as these downward trends across the state or Not all age groups are the same.
New cases are declining across the state, and the number of people infected with the virus in Colorado has dropped in recent days. But the state’s COVID-19 incident commander, Scott Bookman, noted in a news briefing that the number of hospital admissions remained close to the peak of the first wave in the spring of 2020.
As of Friday, 917 people were hospitalized across the state with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, below the fifth wave high of 1,021 in mid-September. Seventy percent of COVID-19 patients admitted to a Colorado hospital have received immunizations, according to state statistics.
“Even though we are seeing a significant steady decline in our hospital admissions, we are still at an incredibly high hospital admissions rate where we want to live,” he said. “And so when we’re at the beginning of the downward trend here, we really need to see that before we get into hospitals, people want to go into the cold weather before they feel satisfied with the capacity of the hospital.” They start moving inside the house. “
When it comes to virus transmission, most Colorado counties are seeing a drop in new cases, said Dr. Rachel Hurley, a state epidemiologist, during the briefing. There are expectations, he said, including Moffat, Grand and Mesa counties.
“Some shipments are higher in the eastern plains,” Hurley said. “San Louis Valley is definitely standing here, a place where we’re actually seeing rising rates where most states are seeing falling rates ۔ “
Similarly, while most age groups are experiencing a decline in COVID-19 cases, new infections are on the rise in children who cannot be vaccinated. In recent days, Colorado has had the highest rate of new infections among children aged 6 to 11, Hurley said. New cases are falling in adults and children between the ages of 12 and 17, a group that has recently become eligible for the vaccine.
“We’re probably starting to see a clear benefit of vaccination in this age group,” Harley said.
Since the onset of the epidemic, 19 deaths from COVID-673,517 and 7,887 deaths from the virus have been recorded in Colorado, according to state data.
As of Friday, more than 70 percent of eligible Coloradians had been fully vaccinated.