DENVER (KDVR)– In the last 2 to 3 weeks, COVID-19 positive test outcomes and hospitalizations have actually gradually increased in Colorado and are starting to cause concerns for doctors and public health experts.
COVID-19 patients at Denver Health just recently increased from a low of 10 a couple of weeks back, to in between 15 and 20 now. That number is still well below the high of about 70 coronavirus clients the hospital was treating throughout the spring.
” Its something to watch,” stated Dr. Connie Price, chief medical officer at Denver Health. “We require to take it seriously. We require to watch those trends carefully and ensure were focusing and are gotten ready for any other boosts.”
On June 27, 126 people where hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. By July 10, that number had increased 67 percent to 211.
This happened quickly after the variety of people evaluating favorable for the infection started to gradually increase about three weeks ago
Public health specialists say Colorado has actually done a lot right. The state gradually reopened. And lots of people use masks and keep their distance.
” No ones in a great place today, however we are in a much better place than we were at the beginning of this epidemic and hopefully we can avoid catastrophe,” stated Dr. Beth Carlton, an assistant teacher in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, whos likewise on the states COVID-19 modeling group.
” Theyre (the states with high COVID-19 numbers) all a warning for us,” Carlton said. “We do not desire to wind up where they are. We dont wish to have to shut down once again.”
Medical professionals and public health professionals said Colorados increase in cases is due to the fact that more individuals are communicating with each other more often. It could likewise be that travelers from close-by locations– consisting of Arizona and Texas– have increased the spread of the infection here.
” Thats good,” Price stated. “That suggests theyre less sick. So perhaps were doing something right.”
According to CDPHEs three-day average of COVID-19 cases, the recent low was 128 on June 15. As of July 8, it was 370– a boost of 189 percent.
Despite the increasing trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, many clients do not need an extensive care unit bed or ventilator as they did a few months ago.
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” Its something to enjoy,” said Dr. Connie Price, primary medical officer at Denver Health. We need to enjoy those patterns carefully and make sure were paying attention and are prepared for any other boosts.”
” Thats great,” Price stated. Public health experts state Colorado has actually done a lot.” Theyre (the states with high COVID-19 numbers) all a warning for us,” Carlton stated.