Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-09-16 20:01:56 –
El Paso County, Colorado – El Paso County Regional Hospital capacity officially changed from orange to orange red COVID-19 Data Dashboard By Thursday night, September 16th.
Last week, a hospital in El Paso County conducted a census of more than 150 COVID-19 confirmed or suspected patients. This is the highest number since the beginning of the year. This change means that hospital capacity will be reduced and hospitals in the area will experience resource and staff limitations.
“UC Health hospitals in the Pikes Peak area continue to see a record number of patients in need of COVID and other health care. This morning, hospitals in the area treat 90 COVID patients. This number hasn’t been seen since early January, “said Dr. David Steinbruner, Chief Medical Officer at UC Health Memorial.
Steinbrunner said he needs to worry about what the COVID-19 numbers will look like this winter given the flu season is about to begin in earnest.
“Nationwide, COVID is affecting patients in need of treatment for other urgent and life-threatening problems, such as stroke and heart failure. We don’t want to reach that point in Colorado. Please, get the COVID and influenza vaccines, “says Steinbruner.
Colorado Children’s Hospitals said their data show that children’s hospitals across the country face four challenges:
- Early start of the respiratory season
- Transmissibility of delta variants
- Pediatric mental health crisis
- As more people than ever choose to leave the industry, the demand for healthcare professionals is increasing.
For these reasons, pediatric intensive care units, inpatient wards, and emergency departments are operating in significantly increased volumes.
“We have built an infrastructure that includes a large number of vaccination and testing sites throughout El Paso County. We need more people to take advantage of these fast, free and accessible resources. Do everything you can to protect the health of your loved ones and the community. Vaccines are an excellent preventive tool to reduce the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in El Paso County. ” Susan Weeran, director of public health in El Paso County, said.
The current immunization rate in El Paso County is 67.8% of eligible residents who have been vaccinated at least once, and 61% are fully vaccinated. The counties are ranked near the bottom in terms of the lowest vaccination coverage when compared to the top 10 most populous counties.
Increased hospitalization is driven by unvaccinated or completely unvaccinated people, accounting for more than 85% of those in need of advanced care.
Hospitalization also tends to be younger than in 2020. Over the last 30 days, 30% of El Paso County residents have been hospitalized under the age of 39.
Compared to March 2020, that age group accounts for 20% of all hospitalizations.
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