New COVID-19 infections in Colorado rose for a second straight week, and hospitalizations due to the virus surged on Monday, although it’s too early to know that was the start of the trend. An uptrend following an increase in the case
As of Monday afternoon, 401 nationwide hospital admissions with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 rose one at 25 and was the highest since March 1.
The number of people hospitalized for the virus has plateaued in the past few weeks. But it skips around – so the numbers in a day don’t need to be said as much. But the new patient increases for a second week, and hospitalizations typically follow up or down after a week or two of delays.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment reported 8,698 new cases of the coronavirus in the week ended Sunday, about 600 more than the previous week.
The percentage of COVID-19 tests nationwide turned positive 6% for the first time since late January, indicating that the increased testing was not to blame for the increased cases. A positive rate of above 5% raised concerns that an infection was not identified through the test.
Metrics suggest an increase in diffusion rather than an accidental number, said Beth Carlton, an associate professor of occupational health and environment at the Colorado School of Public Health. Easing the limits, people are getting tired of being cautious and the spread of the more contagious virus.
Experts disagree that the US is seeing the beginning of the fourth wave or a separate hotspot. Patients have increased in the Northeast and upper Midwest, and hospitalizations are increasing in some states.
One good news is that new cases and hospitalizations are declining for those over 65 who are most likely to become seriously ill or die, Carlton said. That suggests that vaccination has an effect, she said.
Carlton said the likelihood of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 increases every decade of life, so it is unlikely the state will surpass the capacity of the hospital after mass vaccination of the elderly Carr. Lton said. Still, it is likely at least a slight increase in hospitalizations as younger people can still be severely ill, she said.
“We expect more hospitalizations,” she said. “We didn’t expect a full crisis.”
The percentage of hospitalizations involving people younger than 50 increased over the past month, although the change was small enough to be sure that it was a trend.
UCHealth found that 20 to 30-year-olds have doubled for the treatment of COVID-19 at hospitals or outpatients since March. Overall hospitalizations remain stable in the health system. But there are younger people who were hospitalized more than a year ago. Richard Zane, Chief Innovation Officer at UCHealth.
Younger people are less likely to get vaccinated and may not have as much protection as older people, Zane said.More invasive strains may be linked to an increase in people. Young age that needs care But it was not clear if the breed made them sick, he said.
“It’s too early to tell,” he said.
Those who are not immunized need to wear a mask in public, indoor, avoid crowded buildings and limit close contact, Carlton said.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated, be careful,” she said.
As of March 2020, 468,988 people in Colorado have been tested positive for COVID-19.So far 25,774 people have been hospitalized and 6,262 have died of the virus.
Jessica Seaman, a writer for the Denver Post team, contributed to this report.
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