DENVER (CBS4) – More than a third of Colorado hospitals and facilities predict a staff shortage next week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. More than 50 new hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were reported statewide on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,428.
Of the 1,809 intensive care beds available in Colorado, 1,547 or 86% are currently in use. The CDPHE reports that 262 intensive care beds are available at facilities across the state.
If the transmission rate continues at its current rate, state epidemiologists predict Colorado will exceed hospital capacity by mid-December.
Three alternative care sites remain available and ready to operate in the event of a lack of space in hospitals.
State officials have installed overflow beds at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, and St. Anthony North Family Medicine on 84th Avenue in Westminster.
On November 13, Governor Jared Polis signed a Executive Decree order general hospitals to submit a plan to the state with their maximum number of booster beds by November 18 and a full booster plan by November 20. The plan should include:
- A detailed plan to potentially increase bed capacity by at least 50% and provide personnel and medical supplies for such an increase.
- Strategies for increasing the number of intensive care beds by moving medical and surgical beds to intensive care beds when necessary.
- A detailed staffing plan, sufficient to provide adequate care to all beds, including those used or available for patients other than COVID-19 patients.
- A mandate for elective procedures to be actively managed, curtailed and / or delayed if there is a wave of COVID-19 infections in the county or municipality where the facility is located.
The CDPHE reported 4,650 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. In Colorado, 20-29 year olds account for 22.67% of cases in the state, the highest percentage of any age group.
More than 41,000 people were tested for the virus on Tuesday. Colorado’s 7-day average positivity rate is 12.88%.
The CDPHE updates COVID-19 data every day at 4 p.m. at covid19.colorado.gov/data.
Colorado COVID-19 Data, Wednesday at 4 p.m.:
- 41,034 tests performed on November 17 with a positivity rate of 12.88% (7-day moving average)
- Daily positivity rate of 12.47% on November 17th
- 1,428 patients currently hospitalized, 92% of establishments reporting (+50)
- 165 patients under investigation for probable cases, not confirmed in the laboratory (+0)
- 191 patients discharged / transferred in the last 24 hours (+15)
- 31% Establishments anticipate staff shortages by next week (+ 4%)
- 2% Establishments anticipate PPE shortages by next week (+ 0%)
- 13% Facilities anticipating a shortage of intensive care beds over the next week (+ 2%)
- 47% Adult intensive care ventilators used (+ 3%)
- 86% of intensive care beds used (1809 available, 1547 used, 262 available)
- 176,694 cases (+4,650)
- 11,802 hospitalized (+194)
- 1,511,200 tested (+19,819)
- 2,640,615 test meetings (+41,034)
- 2,651 deaths among cases (+43)
- 2,324 deaths from COVID-19 (+25)
- 1,810 households (+92)