Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths increase slightly amid general downward trend

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Colorado, which have declined steadily since late April, increased slightly on Monday, with 25 additional people hospitalized with the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

As of Monday, 229 people currently were in the hospital for COVID-19, which was up from 204 individuals on Sunday, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Reported deaths also increased after staying flat for a couple days, with 18 more people having died directly from the illness. There were 1,292 deaths as of Sunday, up from 1,274 fatalities, according to the latest data from the state.

Reports of deaths to the state health department can lag for days or even weeks, meaning the number of new fatalities announced on a given day does not mean those people all died the previous day.

While the number of hospitalizations and deaths increased, it’s too soon to know if that’s an indication of a spike in deaths and hospitalizations — both numbers provide an indication of the severity of the pandemic.

It can take two to 14 days for COVID-19 symptoms — which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell and nausea — to appear.

As of Sunday, 28,183 people in Colorado have tested positive for the new coronavirus. In total, 1,543 people have died with COVID-19 in their system — up 16 from the day before, according to the health department. Those deaths can’t all be directly attributed to the coronavirus.

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