According to the data, the number of hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 is at an all-time high.
DENVER – COVID-19-related hospitalizations have hit an all-time high in Colorado, surpassing their highest since April, Governor Jared Polis (D-Colorado) said in an update. Thursday afternoon on the state’s response to the COVID-19 and new-model pandemic.
“Colorado, I love you, this is an intervention,” Polis said. “Cancel your social plans for the next few weeks, avoid socializing with others, wear a mask, keep your distance, get over this.”;
There are currently 894 people in the hospital, higher than the previous high of 888 set in April.
“I really hope and believe it to be a warning,” Polis said. “Our attention may have been distracted by the election or dealing with the horrifying fire, now it’s time to focus on what we know we need to do to reduce the pandemic count. This is in Colorado. “
He says people need to assume that everyone they come into contact with can infect the virus and take appropriate precautions.
“You’re going to see someone every week, if not more than one person has a coronavirus infection they don’t know,” he said. “Treat everyone you encounter like they are because some of them will and you don’t know who they are.”
He outlined three things everyone should do in November to help the state reverse course.
1. Only interact with your family members
Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado State Epidemiologist at a 12:30 pm briefing meeting. She said last week the state “regularly” noticed 2,000 new cases a day, but there were more than 3,000 on Wednesday.
That figure was higher than in the spring, mainly because more trials are now available to determine cases than back then.
“I want to stress that we believe more COVID-19s are circulating in the community now than since the pandemic,” Herlihy said.
Herlihy said if we continue at the current rate, the state’s ICU capacity could be overtaken by the end of December, but that could happen sooner with less social distancing, she said. .
“When we get to that level, our hospitals need to strengthen, or operate at a crisis level,” says Herlihy.
That could mean the state would have to open and use rampant hospitals in places like convention centers, but Polis said, “We haven’t been there yet.”
Polis urged people to cancel their plans and said that people should plan Thanksgiving with just their live households and invite friends and family members to almost or choose to celebrate the Holiday. Thanksgiving at another time when it’s safer to gather together.
“I think the normal way we celebrate Thanksgiving, generations of people gathering in the house, is very dangerous,” Polis said.
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Colorado’s positive rate has more than doubled in recent weeks and continues to increase daily, CDPHE says. The state also regularly records more than 2,000 new cases each day, the most since the pandemic began in March.
Sensitivity is an important indicator of the status of COVID-19 in the state. The World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2020 recommended that a positive rate be at or below 5% to prevent the virus.
According to the latest outbreak data from CDPHE, released Wednesday, November 4, 587 active COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado occurred everywhere from schools and offices to Childcare center to a group of people at night.
Two new cases of coronavirus form an outbreak and the numbers are cumulative, meaning that if an entity has a certain number of cases it doesn’t mean all of those people have the same disease. a time.
“We each have a responsibility to do our part,” Polis said. “It could be the life of a stranger you saved, maybe an aunt, uncle, cousin or spouse, friend. It could even be your own life that you saved.”
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