Colorado Public Health officials on Friday expressed concern that the number of new cases of COVID-19 across the state has stopped declining, while the virus has continued to decline over the past week after a steady decline that began in mid-September. The number of hospital admissions has increased.
For the past few months, the rate of new corona virus infection in Colorado has been lower than the national average, said Dr. Rachel Harley, a state epidemiologist, during a news briefing. Now, though, as cases fall faster across the country than in Colorado, state and national rates are almost the same: a 7-day average of 200,000 per 100,000 people.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, new cases are falling in most age groups, but in recent years there has been an increase in children aged 12 to 17.
“About a week ago, we were watching. A clear decline in cases. Here in Colorado, but in the last week or so, the trend has reversed a bit, “Hurley said.” We’re not seeing a clear increase, but it looks like a much higher plateau than we are at Looking forward to seeing you. “
Similarly, state health officials said the statewide positivity rate – the percentage of CWID 19 tests returning positive – has risen in recent days to 7.22%. This rate, and even if it exceeds the 5 th threshold, is considered an important indicator of the speed of the virus.
“It’s relevant to me that we’ve seen an increase in the value of this positive over the last week or so,” Hurley said.
Scott Bookman, commander of the COVID-19 incident in Colorado, said hospital admissions of people infected with the virus across the state were starting to “return in the wrong direction.”
The number of hospital admissions in the state with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 recently reached a recent high of 1,021 on September 14, then began falling to a low of 907 on October 2, but since then This number continues to be backed up, reaching 990 confirmed and suspected cases on Thursday.
As of Friday, the state’s intensive care units were at about 86 percent capacity, Buckman said, adding that those who insisted that people who had been vaccinated against Covid 19 had been hospitalized with the virus in Colorado. It is eight times less likely.
Hurley said about 40 percent of people in Colorado’s ICU have Covid 19. But Buckman said some coronavirus patients are more seriously ill.
“They are starting to see a longer number of long-term patients in the ICU,” he said. “They are on the ventilator and they are really unable to take them off the ventilator and discharge them.”
Harlehi said state public health officials are not sure why hospital admissions have increased and cases have stopped falling. But he noted that the state and the United States have seen significant changes in the course of epidemics, with some areas experiencing an increase while others are showing improvement.
In Colorado, he said, the front-range is seeing a large decline in case rates, but not in San Louis Valley, some eastern plains or the southwestern part of the state, where new infections are on the rise.
“There are still a lot of complexities in the data,” he said. “Really, there are a lot of epidemics going on in Colorado.”
As of Thursday, 685,554 cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in Colorado, and 7,975 people have died from the virus since the onset of the epidemic. State data.