Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 10/13/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 10,370
Positive results: 486
Pending results:  45
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 73
Admitted patients discharged: 65

Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for October 13, 2020

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats 10/13/2020:

Number of individuals tested: 3710
Positive results: 238
Pending results: 14
New positives since 10/8/20: 13
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 12
Patients transferred: 4
Patients discharged: 7

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for October 13, 2020

State of Colorado delivers 1.6 Million KN95 masks to Colorado schools

Phase 2 initiated to continue deliveries until Thanksgiving if school districts and private schools opt-in

Centennial, Colo – Oct. 8, 2020: The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) delivered more than 1.6 million KN95 masks to Colorado schools in the last 10 weeks. School districts, BOCES, charter schools, and private schools  can now opt-in to continue receiving KN95 masks until Thanksgiving for staff working directly with students. 

The initial 10-week program was announced on July 16 by Gov. Jared Polis. The program provides Colorado educators with medical-grade masks. This offer includes staff members who work directly with students at any K-12 public school, including a charter school, as well as any private school, BOCES or  facility school. 

The governor is providing continued access to KN95 masks for teaching staff to schools that choose to opt-in to a second phase of receiving masks until Thanksgiving.  Schools are required to complete an online opt-in form located on the Colorado Department of Education’s website no later than October 19, 2020.

Shipments of masks will end automatically for all school districts or schools that do not choose to complete the opt-in form. Shipments of masks will continue weekly for school districts and schools completing the opt-in form by October 19. 

A School PPE Hotline is available at 720-230-6913 or email dhsem_ppe@state.co.us

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El estado de Colorado envía 1.6 millones de tapabocas KN95 a las escuelas de Colorado

Se ha iniciado la fase 2 para continuar los envíos hasta el Día de Acción de Gracias si los distritos escolares y escuelas privadas optan por recibirlos

Centennial, Colo – 8 de octubre, 2020: El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado de Colorado (SEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) entregó más de 1.6 millones de tapabocas KN95 a las escuelas de Colorado en las últimas 10 semanas. Los distritos escolares, BOCES, escuelas subvencionadas y escuelas privadas pueden ahora inscribirse para continuar recibiendo los tapabocas KN95 hasta el Día de Acción de Gracias, para el personal que trabaja directamente con los estudiantes.

El programa inicial de 10 semanas fue anunciado el 16 de julio por el Gobernador Jared Polis. El programa provee a los educadores de Colorado, tapabocas de grado médico. Esta oferta incluye al personal que trabaja directamente con los estudiantes de cualquier escuela pública de los grados K-12, incluyendo a las escuelas subvencionadas, así como a las escuelas privadas, BOCES o centros escolares.

El gobernador está proveyendo acceso continuo a los tapabocas KN95 para el personal de enseñanza de escuelas que hayan elegido optar por recibir tapabocas en la segunda fase y hasta el Día de Acción de Gracias. Se requiere que las escuelas completen un formulario en línea para optar participar localizado en el sitio web del Departamento de Educación de Colorado, a más tardar el 19 de octubre, 2020.

Los envíos de tapabocas terminarán automáticamente para todos los distritos escolares que no hayan elegido completar el formulario para optar por participar. Los envíos de tapabocas continuarán semanalmente para los distritos escolares y escuelas que hayan completado los formularios para participar a más tardar el 19 de octubre.

State of Colorado delivers 1.6 Million KN95 masks to Colorado schools

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats10/8/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 10,022
Positive results: 472
Pending results:  153
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 73
Admitted patients discharged: 64
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for October 8, 2020

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats 10/8/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 3,639
Positive results: 225
Pending results: 31
New positives since 10/6/20: 4
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 12
Patients transferred: 4
Patients discharged: 7
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for October 8, 2020

Garfield County Public Health: Flu vaccinations especially important in 2020

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Getting your flu shot is always important, but this year with the additional circulation of the novel coronavirus, health officials urge that it may be even more so.

That is because people who get sick with multiple viruses at the same time are quite often much sicker; and having one illness may make you more susceptible to getting another.

“People may not know the flu vaccine is also an important tool for those with chronic health conditions,” said Danielle Dudley, immunizations program manager with Garfield County Public Health. “Flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events for people with heart disease. It can also reduce more severe symptoms and hospitalization in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.”

“Being sick with the flu is bad enough. In a year with flu and COVID, I wouldn’t want to contract multiple illnesses at once,” said Carrie Godes, Public Health Specialist for Garfield County.

“Two years ago, my sister and I both contracted influenza around the same time. Every person’s body is of course unique, but our illnesses were very different. We were both in our thirties and healthy active people. I had received my flu shot, my sister had not. Her illness was significantly more severe with a high fever and two weeks of not feeling well. I experienced much more mild symptoms, with only a low fever for three days in total.

“This is obviously not the story for everyone, and flu illness, even with the vaccine can still be severe in some individuals,” continued Godes. “In my case, it definitely felt like the shot lessened my severity of symptoms, which I was incredibly grateful for.”

The health department is frequently asked if people can contract the flu from the flu shot. “The vaccine cannot give you the flu – it is an inactivated virus,” said Dudley. “After getting the vaccine, you may feel a bit achy. That is typically your immune system being triggered by the vaccine. It is your body’s normal response, ramping up to protect itself.”

The Centers for Disease Control indicates recent studies found flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40-60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.

Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor visits each year. For example, during 2018-2019, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses, 2.3 million influenza-associated medical visits, 58,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 3,500 influenza-associated deaths.

Garfield County Public Health is making appointments for flu shots at the health office locations in Glenwood Springs and Rifle and will be providing walk-up, outdoor flu shot clinics.

Clinics will be held:
Friday, October 16, 11 am – 2 pm

Rifle Branch Library, East Avenue on-street parking

Saturday, October 17, 1 pm – 3 pm

Carbondale Branch Library, 320 Sopris Ave., south courtyard area

Thursday, October 22, 12 pm – 3 pm

Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 815 Cooper Ave., courtyard area

Friday, October 23, 12 pm – 2 pm

Ritter Plaza in New Castle, Main Street between Lazy Bear and An Exquisite Design.

The health department accepts Medicaid, Medicare Part B, CHP+, RMHP, BCBS, and UHC.

Cost without insurance is $15 children, $25 adults, $60 high-dose vaccine (for those 65 and older without Medicare Part B). Individuals will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to administration of the flu vaccine.

For more information, visit garfield-county.com/public-health/flu-information/ or contact Garfield County Public Health in Rifle at 970-625-5200 or in Glenwood Springs at 970-945-6614.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO

06 de octubre, 2020

Vacunas contra influenza son especialmente importantes en este 2020

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Recibir la vacuna contra la gripe siempre es importante, pero este año con la circulación adicional del nuevo coronavirus, los funcionarios de salud urgen a que lo sea aún más importante. 

Esto se debe a que las personas que se enferman con varios virus al mismo tiempo suelen estar mucho más enfermas; y el tener una enfermedad puede hacerlo más susceptible a contraer otra.

“Es posible que la gente no sepa que la vacuna contra la gripe también es una herramienta importante para quienes padecen enfermedades crónicas”, dijo Danielle Dudley, Coordinadora del Programa de Vacunas de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield. “La vacunación contra la influenza se ha asociado con tasas más bajas de algunos problemas cardíacos para personas con enfermedades cardíacas. También puede reducir los síntomas más graves y la hospitalización en personas con enfermedades pulmonares crónicas y diabetes “.

“Estar enfermo de gripe ya es bastante malo. En un año con gripe y COVID, no querría contraer varias enfermedades a la vez”, dijo Carrie Godes, Especialista en Salud Pública del Condado Garfield.

“Hace dos años, mi hermana y yo contrajimos influenza casi al mismo tiempo. El cuerpo de cada persona es, por supuesto, único, pero nuestras enfermedades eran muy diferentes. Las dos teníamos treinta y tantos años y éramos personas activas y saludables. Yo había recibido mi vacuna contra la gripe, mi hermana no. Su enfermedad fue significativamente más grave con fiebre alta y dos semanas de malestares. Experimenté síntomas mucho más leves, con solo fiebre baja durante tres días en total”.

“Obviamente, esta no es la historia para todos, y la enfermedad de la gripe, incluso con la vacuna, puede ser grave en algunas personas”, continuó Godes. “En mi caso, definitivamente sentí que la inyección disminuyó la gravedad de mis síntomas, por lo que estaba increíblemente agradecida”.

Preguntan con frecuencia al Departamento de Salud si las personas pueden contraer la gripe cuando se vacunan contra la gripe. “La vacuna no puede contagiarle la gripe, es un virus inactivado”, dijo Dudley. “Después de recibir la vacuna, es posible que sienta un poco de dolor. Normalmente, la vacuna activa su sistema inmunológico. Es la respuesta normal de su cuerpo, aumentando gradualmente su sistema inmunológico para protegerse “.

Los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades indican que estudios recientes encontraron que vacunarse contra la influenza reduce el riesgo de contraer la enfermedad entre un 40 y un 60 por ciento entre la población en general durante las temporadas en las que la mayoría de los virus de la influenza que circulan son compatibles con la vacuna contra la influenza.

La vacuna contra la influenza previene millones de enfermedades y visitas al médico relacionadas con la influenza cada año. Por ejemplo, durante 2018-2019, la vacunación contra la influenza evitó aproximadamente 4.4 millones de enfermedades causadas por la influenza, 2.3 millones de visitas médicas asociadas a la influenza, 58,000 hospitalizaciones asociadas a la influenza y 3,500 muertes asociadas a la influenza.

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield está agendando citas para vacunarse contra la gripe en las oficinas de salud en Glenwood Springs y Rifle y proporcionará clínicas de vacunas contra la gripe al aire libre y sin cita.

Las clínicas se llevarán a cabo el:

Viernes, 16 de octubre, de 11 am – 2 pm

Biblioteca en Rifle, Estacionamiento en la calle de East Avenue.

Sábado, 17 de octubre, de 1 pm – 3 pm

Biblioteca en Carbondale, 320 Sopris Ave., al sur del patio

Jueves, 22 de octubre, de 12 pm – 3 pm

Biblioteca en Glenwood Springs, 815 Cooper Ave., área del patio

Viernes, 23 de octubre, de 12 pm – 2 pm

Plaza Ritter en New Castle, entre Lazy Bear y An Exquisite Design

El departamento de salud acepta Medicaid, Medicare Parte B, CHP+, RMHP, BCBS y UHC.

El costo sin seguro es de $15 para niños, $25 para adultos, $60 por vacuna de dosis alta (para personas de 65 años o más sin la Parte B de Medicare). Las personas serán evaluadas para detectar síntomas de COVID-19 antes de la administración de la vacuna contra la influenza.

Para obtener más información, visite garfield-county.com/public-health/flu-information/ o comuníquese con la Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield en Rifle al 970-625-5200 o en Glenwood Springs al 970-945-6614.

Garfield County Public Health: Flu vaccinations especially important in 2020

State of Colorado begins deconstruction of two alternative COVID care sites

Centennial, Colo. – Oct. 6, 2020: On October 5, the State of Colorado began deconstruction of two alternative care sites. The Ranch Complex in Loveland and the Western Memory Care Center in Grand Junction will complete deconstruction around mid-November. 

At this time, with a 3.41 seven-day average percent positivity rate, the state feels like it is  safe to close these two sites. Three alternative care sites remain available and ready to operate at the Colorado Convention Center, St. Mary Corwin and St. Anthony 84th Avenue sites.  

Deconstruction of the two sites saves the state money while ensuring we still have the necessary capacity to respond to a surge. The state will transfer equipment from the two sites to the Colorado Convention Center for use within the three remaining sites. 

On April 10, Governor Jared Polis announced that alternative care sites were standing up to “help protect our ability to treat the most seriously sick by allowing hospitals to move less serious cases to the convention center and therefore make critical care available for those who need it most.”  At that time our seven-day positivity rate was 19.66 percent. 

In the early days of the pandemic, Colorado saw rapid infection growth and modeling data indicated that we were on pace to far exceed the capacity of our healthcare system. It was critical to build capacity outside of our hospitals to ensure that Coloradans would be able to have the care that they needed if we exceeded institutional capacity.  

The need to use the alternative care facilities was mitigated by the Stay at Home order and Coloradans’ commitment to helping slow the spread of COVID-19. Throughout this time we partnered with our hospitals and healthcare system to increase hospital capacity and ventilators. Colorado doctors have also become more experienced in treating COVID-19 patients in ways that result in better outcomes, shorter lengths of stay and less demand for ventilators.  

State of Colorado begins deconstruction of two alternative COVID care sites

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats10/6/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  9,833
Positive results: 471
Pending results:  55
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 72
Admitted patients discharged: 64
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

CDPHE: New COVID-19 modeling report shows increased hospitalizations, potential holiday bump in cases

Oct. 6, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) today released a new modeling report indicating an increase in hospitalizations and in the estimated number of Coloradans who currently are infectious. If Colorado remains on the current trajectory of its epidemic curve, state epidemiologists predict continued growth in cases and increased demand on hospitals.

Given the rise in cases after both Independence Day and Labor Day, the report evaluates what might happen if people have more social contact than usual beginning the Friday before Thanksgiving and lasting through the new year. With this assumption, an increase in cases during and after the holidays as projected could be substantial. At the higher projections, the state could be at risk for exceeding its ICU capacity as early as December unless Coloradans continue to take and maintain prevention measures.

However, the impact of increased social contact over the winter holidays depends on the disease spread between now and Thanksgiving. Controlling infections in October and November can help reduce the severity of any holiday bump. 

Other key findings from the report:

  • Focal points of increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations include the East Central and Metro local public health agency regions. Other regions continue to see declining or stable hospitalizations.
  • The estimated effective reproductive number has risen over the last month. The current number is estimated to be between 1.21 and 1.27. This estimate reflects transmission through approximately Sept. 15.
  • From Sept. 1-15, the estimated level of social distancing was 59%.
  • An estimated 1 in 850 Coloradans are currently infectious. This is an increase compared to the prior week.
  • An estimated 5% of Coloradans have been infected with COVID-19 to date. 
  • Colorado’s current trajectory indicates continued growth in cases and hospital demand, but epidemiologists do not expect to come close to exceeding hospital or ICU capacity in the next month.

ColoradoSPH assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University. 

All modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform future policy decisions. 

CDPHE: New COVID-19 modeling report shows increased hospitalizations, potential holiday bump in cases