For the first time in weeks, Colorado’s COVID-19 figures look a little better – though it’s too early to tell if the state has really turned a corner.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the number of people admitted to hospital across the state due to the virus fell over the weekend. There were 1,476 people in COVID-19 confirmed for treatment on Friday, but 1,431 on Monday.
However, there is still not much loose in the Colorado health care system, with only 94 beds available across the state in intensive care units.
For the last time, hospitalizations decreased for three consecutive days from 7 to 9 October. However, they recovered quickly and rose for the next month. It’s too early to know if the same thing is happening now, said Dr. Jon Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health.
“If you’re a 100% optimist, it’s a glimmer of hope,” he said. “We’ve seen this bounce before.”
The number of new cases appeared to fall from 20,940 in the first week of November to 19,161 in the week ending Sunday. However, the figures released by the state on Monday have been incomplete in recent weeks. In some cases, the decline became less steep or has even turned upward since the arrival of late notifications.
The percentage of positive tests remained close to 9.9%. All over 5% are concerned that the state may intervene in the cases.
According to data monitoring by The New York Times, Colorado had dropped to the seventh highest number of cases in the population since Monday. At the end of last week, the state was the second highest in the country, but Colorado’s cases seemed to level off in recent days, while other states rose past.
If this weekend was the start of a significant improvement, it is possible that the constant drumming of disturbing news encouraged Colorado people to wear their masks or avoid the crowds, Samet said. However, it is not entirely clear why the number of cases and hospitalizations increased now, so figuring out why they turned – or not – is a difficult task.
“Maybe people have gotten the message across,” he said.
On Sunday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment announced that a vaccination certificate will be required to attend non-sedentary events with more than 500 attendees from Friday, December 31 in six Denver metropolitan areas. The claim applies to the counties of Denver, Broomfield, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, and Jefferson.
A spokesman for the state Department of Health said the public health ordinance only applies to seated events because events where people stay put are usually safer.
“Large non-sedentary events can pose a higher risk of infection because people can interact with multiple people,” he said in a statement. “Yesterday’s Public Health Regulations represent meaningful regional action while minimizing economic impact.”
Sunday’s announcement was the latest in a series of measures by the Colorado public health authorities to try to protect hospital capacity.
As of the end of October, the state has:
If Colorado can start pruning cases now, it’s a better place for people to gather for Thanksgiving in less than two weeks, Samet said. If incidents continue to rise, travel and dinner parties could temporarily speed up the spread, he said.
“You might have a little pillow,” if the cases really fall, he said.
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