Colorado breaks April record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

By: - November 5, 2020 5:09 pm

Gov. Jared Polis gives an update on the extent of the coronavirus pandemic and the extend of the state’s wildfires on Aug. 18, 2020. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

Colorado on Nov. 5 broke a record set in April for the most people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 on a single day.

As of Nov. 5, 894 people were in the hospital with confirmed cases, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news briefing. The previous record of 888 was set April 14 during the height of the pandemic, though an additional 331 people were in the hospital with suspected COVID-19 at the time.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment posted later in the day showed that there were 122 people with suspected COVID-19 in the hospital as of Nov. 5, in addition to the 894 with confirmed cases.

The state’s current modeling shows approximately 1 in 100 people are contagious with the coronavirus.

“Cancel plans to see friends who are not in your household,” Polis said. “Put them off. You don’t want to jeopardize your friends and loved ones.”

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No part of the state is under a stay-at-home order — though personal gatherings are limited to 10 people, from up to two households — and Polis said restrictions like those imposed in March and April are unlikely.

“This is not about lockdowns,” he said.

Over the week ending Nov. 4, Colorado added an average of 2,596 COVID-19 cases each day.

“We believe that there is more COVID-19 circulating in Colorado right now than there has been since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist.

Among health care facilities reporting data to CDPHE, 10% expect staff shortages within the next week and 7% expect intensive care bed shortages. Over the past week, intensive care beds have been about 81% full — not just with COVID-19 patients.

“In the early fall, cases were concentrated among younger age groups that typically have less severe outcomes,” Herlihy said. “However, we’ve seen cases among older age groups increase significantly … This increase in cases of those over the age of 40 has also translated into more hospitalizations in those age groups.”

“We expect to see high hospitalizations among the 65-plus age group … but we’re also seeing many hospitalizations occurring among individuals in that 40 to 64-year age group,” she added.

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Faith Miller
Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.