Denver, Colorado 2021-06-05 08:00:50 –
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising again in Mesa County as the community suffers from widespread infection of highly contagious variants and delayed vaccination rates.
Increasing infections have begun to put pressure on local hospitals, with 96% of hospital beds in Mesa County filled with patients on Friday. Most coronavirus hospitalizations occur among unvaccinated residents, but at least one medical institution states that it is increasing the number of patients treating non-COVID injuries.
“We are working on the premise that this variant is very widespread in our community,” said Amanda Mail, a spokeswoman for the Mesa County Public Health Department.
Hospitals can often move patients to other wards or facilities before they reach capacity. Still, the level of hospitalization in Mesa County is noteworthy as new. The number of cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 is declining across the state.
As of Friday, 35 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Mesa County., Increased from 31 hospitalizations on Thursday. A total of 483 people in Colorado are being treated for confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Most hospitalizations occur among residents who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 723 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Mesa County since the outbreak of the pandemic, 684 have not been vaccinated, Mayle said.
According to data from the local public health service, 37 percent (50,355) of Mesa County residents are fully vaccinated and 41% (50,801) of the population are vaccinated at least once.
Almost 2.6 million Colorado citizens are fully vaccinated. That’s about 45% of the state’s population. Over 3 million people across the state are partially vaccinated, according to the State Department of Health.
On Thursday, the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard showed that the county had reached 100% hospital capacity, but the information was incomplete and the numbers were more distorted, Mayle said. Stated.
Approximately 91% of the intensive care unit beds available in Mesa County were filled on Friday, up from 80% on Wednesday. And 70% of the ventilators sometimes used to treat coronavirus patients were used. According to Mesa County Public Health, this is lower than two days ago when 81% of county ventilators were used.
According to a statement from SCL Health, which owns the Grand Junction Hospital, COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise, while St Mary’s Medical Center is treating more and more patients with “warm climate” injuries.
“Combined with a slight increase in the diagnosis of COVID-19, demand has surged on a regular basis,” the statement said. “Currently, the St. Mary’s Medical Center is dedicated to servicing patients in need. There is bed space. “
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