The number of people in Colorado who had to be hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus is inching toward 4,500 — as of Thursday at 4 p.m., the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that 4,460 people had to be cared for in a hospital as they fought or continue to fight the virus.
Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.
Friday, June 5
4 p.m. | More than 27,000 cases of coronavirus in Colorado
The state reported a total of 27,615 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Colorado. Here are the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Please note: The (+) denotes the change in cases from the previous day.
27,615 positive cases (+255)
4,472 hospitalizations (+12)
60 counties (no change)
205,761 people tested (+4,849)
1,524 deaths among cases (+12)
1,274 deaths due to COVID-19 (+19)
296 outbreaks (+2)
The latest hospital data from the CDPHE shows 319 hospital beds in use by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients — 37 fewer beds than reported on Thursday.
7:53 a.m. | Early UCHealth antibody testing results indicate its health care workers had a low rate of infection exposure
In the week since UCHealth started offering antibody tests to anyone in Colorado, over 12,400 people opted to find out if they have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Of those tests, 466 were positive (about 3.7%).
Data showed a much lower positive rate among UCHealth staff and providers — 2.3%.
“While one might expect health care workers in hospitals would have higher rates of exposure, the results that we’ve seen so far indicate our employees and providers have lower rates of infection,” said Rob Welch, UCHealth’s lead laboratory director. “This suggests that our education efforts, personal protective equipment, social distancing and the strong infection prevention measures put in place by UCHealth at its hospitals and other health care facilities do indeed work, and our employees are following safety guidelines when they are not at work as well.”
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