Hospitals Tense, El Paso County at Danger Regardless of Downward Development in New COVID-19 Instances, Colorado Springs Information

El Paso County’s hospitals remained tense, although new COVID-19 cases continued to emerge in the Pikes Peak area, according to the latest data from the county health authorities.

On Sunday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis extended the state’s health restrictions and a pandemic-related disaster statement.

“The actions we have taken so far have made progress in these areas, but we must continue to take aggressive action to minimize the duration of this epidemic and the disruption to our daily lives,” wrote Polis.

El Paso County reported 4,539 coronavirus infections in the past two weeks, 1,951 of them in the past week. Of these, 118 cases were reported on Christmas Day. The newly reported case has dropped to 62 on Saturday based on the latest data available.

Hospitals in Colorado Springs report “bad / overloaded capacity” and resource constraints and restricted operations as per the county’s coronavirus information website.

Virus-related hospital stays began to rise in November, falling from a peak in mid-December, but remain well above summer levels, the website shows.

The county’s positivity rate – or the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents – was 9.19% on Saturday, down from 14.77% on November 30. Despite the decline, the positivity rate here was still well above the nationwide positivity rate of 6.35%, data show.

Nationwide, the direct death toll from COVID-19 was 3,605, while the death toll in patients with COVID at the time of death, including those who died from other causes, was 4,592.

El Paso county remains at red level, the second highest value on the state’s dial, indicating the county is at high risk for persistent infections.

Workplaces are limited to 10% capacity and retail stores must limit customers to 50% capacity. Bars are closed, restaurants are limited to takeout or roadside food, and gyms are 10% busy.

Click here for the latest state data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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