Hospitalizations in Colorado from the new coronavirus continued to fall Wednesday, as case counts crossed the 27,000 line.
The Colorado Hospital Association reported 261 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, the lowest level seen since late March. The number of people in Colorado hospitals with COVID-like symptoms, but no diagnosis yet, was 127. Those cases “under investigation” have bounced between 100 and 130 since late May.
So far, the state has recorded 27,060 cases and 4,443 total hospitalizations, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That means about 16% of those known to have the virus needed hospital-level care.
Most of those who were hospitalized have eventually left. The hospital association has recorded 3,959 people discharged or transferred to a lower level of care, like a rehabilitation facility, since mid-April.
The death toll also increased Wednesday, though that likely reflected some delayed reporting. CDPHE reported 1,254 people died of complications of the new virus — up 26 from the number reported Tuesday — and another 1,494 died with the virus in their system, but their deaths weren’t directly attributed to it. That’s up 20 from the day before. One death was reported to have occurred on Tuesday.
There’s a lag in reporting, so new deaths reported by state health officials on a given day didn’t all necessarily occur the day before.
The number of people tested for the virus rose to 194,697, meaning about 14% tested positive.
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