Colorado health officials: COVID hospitalizations at highest number this year


DENVER (KDVR) – Hospitalizations resulting from COVID-19 infections are at the highest number seen yet in 2021.

Currently, 982 are hospitalized with a coronavirus diagnosis. Health officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) say 78% percent of those hospitalized have not been vaccinated.

Unlike much of the U.S., Colorado has been surging in case rates over the last two weeks, ranking the 14th highest as of Oct. 15 versus the 41st on Oct. 1.  

When asked if the state should brace for a possible illness spike due to seasonal changes, similar to what is seen with the influenza virus, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, CDPHE’s state epidemiologist, said COVID-19 doesn’t follow respiratory virus norms and it’s hard to say where infection rates could go.

The full press conference can be seen in the player above.

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