Data show which communities COVID-19 is impacting most in Colorado


Data show which communities COVID-19 is impacting most in Colorado

The number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado has topped 2,000.

 

DENVER — The number of cases of COVID-19 in Colorado goes up every day.

Saturday we passed another unfortunate milestone with more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Behind those numbers are statistics that help paint a fuller picture of how the virus is spreading in our state and whom it is impacting the most.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show there are 2,061 cases of COVID-19 in our state. Health experts say the reality is there are likely thousands more that are undiscovered.

On Saturday, we saw the number of deaths in the state jump to 44, an increase of 13 in just one day.

More than 274 people have been hospitalized, though we don’t know how many hospitalizations there are currently or how many people have recovered.

Looking at a map, different parts of the state have been hit harder than others.

Denver has 367 confirmed cases, the most in Colorado. Health officials say mountain communities are hot spots. Eagle County has 182 cases, which is the same number of cases as in Jefferson County. Eagle has roughly 500,000 fewer people. El Paso County has the most deaths with 10, followed by 7 in Weld County.

The virus is also impacting different people in different ways.

Fifty-two percent of those infected in Colorado are female. However, the majority of deaths have been men. When it comes to age, people in their 50s and people in their 30s have been infected most. The virus is much more deadly for people who are older. Twenty-one people over 80 have died in our state. No one below the age of 40 has died.

As the number of cases rises, hospitals around the area prepare for a surge in the number of patients they will need to treat. Plans are in place to try to increase the capacity of ICU beds in the state to accommodate the increase.

 

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