DENVER (KDVR) – Health officials warn that the COVID-19 epidemic is getting worse in Colorado, with the number of cases at its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.
In the last week, health experts said they typically see 2,000 cases per day in Colorado. The current number of hospital admissions is putting pressure on health care systems in the state. Hospitalization rates are almost at the same level as in the spring, and experts predict it will exceed that in the next few days.
If Colorado remains in its current orbit, it is predicted that ICU hospital capacity will be exceeded by the end of December.
To help minimize the spread of the virus and not flood the hospitals, experts are advising Colorad residents to get a flu shot and not to travel unnecessarily during the holiday season.
With more and more counties moving to safer levels at home, health experts are offering the following advice to keep areas off the orders of the home:
- Avoid face to face.
- Stay home when sick.
- Physical distance.
- Wear the mask.
- Wash your hands often.
- Sign up for Exposure Notifications.
- Anyone who may have been exposed to the virus but have no symptoms should get tested.
- If you are exposed, quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test results.
- Those with symptoms should get tested right away.
What if you get sick? Experts say you’ll need quarantine. They offer the following tips for quarantine:
- Quarantine for at least 10 days after symptoms first appear.
- Do not go outside unless you have at least 24 hours without fever medicine and your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
- If you need isolation and you have no symptoms, but you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must complete a full 14-day quarantine regardless of the test results.
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