DENVER (KDVR) – Colorado’s COVID-19 case numbers are trending in the right direction, despite concerns about a potential spike after Thanksgiving.
Overall, cases and hospitalizations have fallen slowly since mid-November. State data shows confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations fell by 250 patients between November 23 and December 10. .
Many city counties put in place authorized masks just before the Thanksgiving holiday to try to slow the spread and provide relief to hospital workers.
Dr. Kenneth Lyn-Kew is a critical care specialist for National Jewish Health. He said the reason behind the drop was unclear, but it was a good sign.
“It feels like we’re only 6 feet underwater compared to 12 feet underwater. We felt like we could almost take that breath, but we knew another pull on our legs, another watering, and we could be all right again,” says Lyn-Kew.
The recent drop in cases has not brought relief to intensive care units across the state. The latest state data shows that 95% of intensive care unit beds are full, with about 68 beds available statewide. Lyn-Kew said ICU bed utilization is a lagging indicator with COVID-19.
“First you have to have COVID, then you have to be sick enough to be hospitalized, then you have to be sick enough to get into the ICU. So there’s a natural delay of several weeks there,” Lyn-Kew said.
He said ICU beds will start to empty if the number of cases continues to trend down.
“We wanted to see a week out of the week before we started to really feel comfortable that we were making good progress,” says Lyn-Kew.
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