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Fewer COVID patients in Colorado hospitalized for COVID: Health officials provide pandemic update

DENVER (KDVR) – Colorado hospital staff continue to see more COVID-positive patients arrive at their door than at any other stage in the pandemic.

On Tuesday, State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy told FOX31 The disparity between people coming to the hospital with COVID and patients coming in for reasons other than COVID is increasingly becoming a factor.

This term is called incidental COVID when a patient comes to the clinic for different reasons, but happens to test positive. According to an analysis of state data across all hospitals, that gap is widening, and more random COVID cases are popping up in Colorado hospitals.

“Historically, throughout the pandemic, we have seen about 80-90% of people hospitalized with COVID-19, their hospitalization due to COVID-19,” said Herlihy. “But that number seems to be a bit lower now. About 65% right now. ”

But those numbers from a statewide perspective look very different for the state’s largest hospital network: UCHealth.

In a tweet, “A third of our 362 COVID-positive patients were hospitalized with COVID complications, while two-thirds tested positive on admission for other reasons,” UCHealth said.

The director of Infection Prevention at UCHealth, Dr. Michelle Barron, told FOX31 the number was radically different from her own statistical analysis of patients in August, which showed that more than 95% of COVID patients were in the hospital. in their hospital for COVID with delta variant.

Denver Health confirmed its analysis showed that about 40% of COVID patients in January were hospitalized with COVID, while a Health One spokesperson said that while its network has not performed this analysis, they believe their numbers are consistent with state data.

State health leaders with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will release a COVID update on Wednesday.

You can watch the 1:40 p.m. briefing live on FOX31 NOW in the player above.

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