By Audra Streetman

DENVER (CBS4) – A record number of COVID-19 tests were administered in Colorado this week. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports 19,761 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday followed by 19,425 tests on Thursday.

(credit: CDPHE)

This is the first week during the pandemic that daily testing in Colorado surpassed 19,000. The 7-day average testing positivity rate decreased from 3.71% on Sept. 26 to 3.36% on Oct. 1.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 680 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 71,898 confirmed cases of the virus.

CDPHE conducts drive-up testing in Lowry (credit: CBS)

The number of people currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew on Friday to 219. An additional 85 patients have symptoms of the virus, but are waiting for test results.

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Epidemiologists have said that the rate of current hospitalization is one of the best indicators of how the virus is spreading. The recent the increase in hospitalizations follows a large increase in cases that began in mid-September.

Since the pandemic began, 1,968 people have died from COVID-19 in Colorado and 7,653 have been hospitalized. Health officials continue to encourage people to wear a mask in public and maintain social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

CDPHE Resources:

General Information: covid19.colorado.gov

CDPHE Data: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data

Frequently Asked Questions: covid19.colorado.gov/frequently-asked-questions-faq

State Guidance: covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-for-everyone

Audra Streetman

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