Colorado’s weekly COVID-19 count hits highest level since early May as upward trend continues
Colorado recorded 2,743 new cases of the coronavirus in the second week of July, reaching a level not seen since early May.
Sunday capped the fourth week of rising infection numbers in the state following a decline since April, reaching a level of new COVID-19 cases not seen since the week ending May 10.
While Colorado is still below the late-April peak of 3,761 new infections in one week, it’s much closer than it was in early June, when the state recorded 1,135 new cases.
Some of the rise in cases is due to increased testing: the positivity rate on Sunday was about half of what it was on May 10.
But testing isn’t the only factor, and not all new cases are mild. The Colorado Hospital Association reported 220 people were hospitalized as of Monday afternoon. That’s the highest number of patients needing hospital-level care for the virus since June 4, though it’s only about one-fourth of the number of people hospitalized at the peak in early April.
State officials attributed at least some of the increase in COVID-19 cases to people mixing more with others outside their households.
Early data also suggests deaths rose compared to the previous week for the first time since early April.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 15 deaths between July 6 and 12, compared to 11 deaths the week before. Both totals are likely to be revised, however, because reports of deaths can sometimes lag by weeks.
A total of 37,242 people have tested positive since March, and 5,941 had to be hospitalized. So far, 1,589 people in Colorado have died directly from the virus, and 138 others had it when they died, but it wasn’t confirmed as the cause.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said that he could roll back business reopenings if 7% of tests in the city come back positive and hospitals hit 90% of capacity. The Colorado Hospital Association reported only one hospital was concerned about running out of intensive-care beds in the next week, but didn’t specify which hospital or what county it was in.
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