New cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to fall in Colorado, suggesting that the state could emerge from the pandemic without a new wave of death if people can take precautions for a little longer.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said 433 people were hospitalized Monday afternoon with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The new cases are at their lowest level since the first week of October, with 6,227 registered in the week ending Sunday.
Public health experts have likened the old-fashioned situation to vaccinations and precautions such as wearing masks on one side and more contagious versions of the virus on the other.
No one really knows how widespread the new options are in Colorado, but the fact that cases continue to decline suggests that at least for now, other factors are outpacing them, said Dr. John Sammet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. The State Department of Health has confirmed 86 cases of COVID-1
“The good news is that the curve is still coming down,” he said. “I think we can probably give a lot of credit to the Coloradans.”
The state recruitment framework changed on February 6th, and so far growing business capacity has not caused more transmission across the country. This can still change and the virus is spreading more widely in some mountain towns.
“Overall, we’re still doing well,” Sammet said. “We need to stick to measures that everyone is tired of.”
As of Monday afternoon, the state said 412,839 people had received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 388,490 had received both photos. Vaccination rates slowed last week, perhaps because some sites closed due to severe cold.
Most of the doses have gone into arms in places along the front, but some small districts are leading after adjusting to the population. San Juan County, with a population of 728 according to the latest census estimates, fired 501 shots, or about 69 for every 100 people. However, it is possible that not all of these people were residents of the county.
In the front range, the rates look less impressive. Leading is Broomfield County with 26 shots fired per 100 people, and Jefferson County is not far behind, with about 24 per 100 people.
Denver fired about 21 shots per 100 people. El Paso and Adams counties raised the rear of the front, with about 16 shots per 100 people.
Counties with fewer people over the age of 65 are required to lag behind those with an older population because fewer people are eligible. In rural areas, there may also be more eligible residents because of their work, as hospitals and school districts are often the main employers in small communities.
Since March, 421,294 people in Colorado have tested positive for the virus, and 23,183 have been hospitalized. The state has reported 5,893 coronavirus-related deaths.
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