DENVER (CBS4) – The push to get Coloradans vaccinated is more urgent than ever, state health experts say. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health advisory about a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Hospitalizations are stretched as thin as they’ve ever been throughout the pandemic.
“We are at the lowest number of beds we’ve had available, and we do have less than 100 ICU beds open at this moment. That number fluctuates. We know that people move in and out of beds, but the downward trend does continue,” said Scott Bookman, CDPHE COVID-19 Incident Commander.
The state is also reporting a very high COVID-19 positivity rate. The latest numbers show the seven-day positivity rate is above 9%. The goal is to keep it below 5%.
🔹1,296 currently hospitalized (confirmed COVID-19)
🔹51% adult critical care ventilators in use
🔹95% ICU beds in use
🔹2,629 (7-day avg. cases)
🔹9.06% (7-day positivity rate)
COVID-19 data dashboard: https://t.co/T7NJLAPYzA
— Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) November 5, 2021
While hospitalizations due to COVID are climbing, there are also more people being admitted now for other medial issues.