State and Colorado Hospital Association release data illustrating recovery rate and COVID-19-related demand on health care system

DENVER, April 16, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) are partnering to release enhanced COVID-19 related data, including current hospitalizations, daily discharge of patients who no longer need hospitalization, and number of facilities anticipating potential resource shortages due to COVID-19. 

Together, the data help provide a picture of the level of demand that the pandemic disease is placing on hospitals across the state. The discharge data provides a general estimate of the number of patients who have recovered from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The data can be found at covid19.colorado.gov/hospital-data and includes information that hospitals report daily to the state of Colorado Unified Command Group (UCG) :

  • Number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized (this differs from the CDPHE dashboard, which shows cumulative number of people who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 to date). 
  • Total number of facilities anticipating shortages in the next week for each of the key indicators of staff, personal protective equipment (PPE), and ICU beds.
  • Number of patients discharged from hospitals due to improvement in their symptoms.

“CHA and its member hospitals and health systems thank CDPHE for its partnership in gathering and sharing this transparent information about the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that everyone who is working hard to help manage COVID-19 can better understand the impacts to the health care system,” said Julie Lonborg, Senior Vice President of the CHA. “We also want Coloradans to know that their dedication to following the stay-at-home order and social distancing is helping. As hospitals have worked to ‘raise the bar’ by increasing capacity so we can care for more patients, Coloradans have helped to ‘flatten the curve’ so that a surge of patients won’t overwhelm our system’s capacity. It takes all of us, working together, to protect Colorado.” 

Because the data is collected and maintained by individual hospitals within the state, questions related to the data should be directed to the Colorado Hospital Association.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.


El Estado de Colorado y la Asociación de Hospitales de Colorado publican datos que demuestran la tasa de recuperación y la demanda en el sistema de salud debido al COVID-19

DENVER, 16 de abril de 2020: El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) y la Asociación de Hospitales de Colorado (CHA, siglas en inglés) están colaborando para publicar datos avanzados en relación con el COVID-19, los que incluyen hospitalizaciones actuales, altas diarias de pacientes que ya no requieren hospitalización y el número de instalaciones que anticipan la posible falta de recursos debido al COVID-19. 

En conjunto, los datos ayudan a proveer una idea del nivel de demanda que la enfermedad pandémica está exigiendo de los hospitales por todo el estado. Los datos de altas hospitalarias proveen una aproximación general del número de pacientes que se han recuperado de los síntomas más severos del COVID-19.

Puede encontrar los datos en la página covid19.colorado.gov/hospital-data, la cual incluye información que los hospitales comparten diariamente con el Grupo de Comando Unificado (UCG, siglas en inglés) del estado de Colorado: 

?      El número de pacientes con COVID-19 actualmente hospitalizados (diferente al tablero en línea del CDPHE, el cual indica el número cumulativo de personas que han sido hospitalizadas debido al COVID-19 hasta la fecha). 

?      El número total de instalaciones que anticipan faltas durante la próxima semana de los indicadores claves de personal, equipos de protección individual (EPI) y camas en Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos. 

?      El número de pacientes dados de alta de hospitales debido a la mejora de sus síntomas.    

“CHA, los hospitales miembros y el sistema de salud agradecen al CDPHE por su colaboración en la recopilación y publicación de esta información transparente sobre la respuesta del sistema de salud a la pandemia del COVID-19. Es importante que todas las personas que se estén esforzando por abordar el COVID-19 puedan comprender mejor los impactos en el sistema de salud”, indicó Julie Lonborg, Vicepresidenta Senior de la CHA. “También deseamos que los habitantes de Colorado sepan que su dedicación a cumplir con la orden de quedarse en casa y el distanciamiento social está ayudando. A medida que los hospitales han trabajado para “subir el listón” al aumentar la capacidad para que podamos cuidar a más pacientes, los habitantes de Colorado han ayudado a “aplanar la curva” para que un aumento súbito de pacientes no abrume la capacidad de nuestro sistema. Debemos trabajar todos juntos para proteger a Colorado”.

Ya que los datos son recopilados y guardados por hospitales individuales en el estado, las preguntas relacionadas con los datos deben ser dirigidas a la Asociación de Hospitales de Colorado. 

Manténgase actualizado al visitar la página covid19.colorado.gov.

State and Colorado Hospital Association release data illustrating recovery rate and COVID-19-related demand on health care system

Colorado Hospital Association statement on COVID-19 hospitalizations data

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – April 7, 2020 – “Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems applaud Governor Polis for extending the state’s ‘stay at home’ order,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, CHA vice president of clinical affairs.

“The state shared its modeling data yesterday, which shows that Colorado is making progress in flattening the curve through extensive social distancing efforts, but that cases continue to increase. That is why it is crucial that Coloradans continue to practice social distancing and stay at home, to protect vulnerable neighbors and ensure that the capacity of our health care system can manage this pandemic.

“However, other models, such as the COVID-19 Projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, that have been distributed show that cases in Colorado may have already peaked. Unfortunately, we believe those studies may mislead Coloradans into thinking this is behind us, when in reality, it isn’t. That data doesn’t align with what is actually happening in Colorado hospitals currently – which we are tracking very closely.

“As of this morning, there were 1,228 Coloradans hospitalized with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms. That number has grown steadily since mid-March, when hospitals began reporting this data to the state. Many of these patients require a supportive hospital stay, which includes oxygen to breathe, fluids, monitoring and medication administration. Of those patients, a smaller group – about 20 percent of those hospitalized – require critical care during their stay. These patients are critically ill, including multi-system organ failure, and they often require the support of a ventilator to breathe. On average, COVID-19 patients that need a ventilator are on the ventilator for five days, with some patients requiring support for as many as 10-14 days. And on aggregate, 40-50 percent of hospitalized patients will require ventilator support at some point during their stay.

“The IHME study suggests that 110 ventilators will be adequate to support Coloradans who become sick with COVID-19. We know that there are nearly four times that number of patients on ventilators in Colorado hospitals today. Not only does this undercut the volume of COVID-19 and COVID-19-suspect patients in our hospitals, but it also entirely misses the other ICU patients who may need to be on a ventilator as well.

“We are all looking forward to the day when we can return to a more normal way of life, but as Governor Polis noted yesterday, we are not there just yet. On behalf of Colorado’s hospitals and our thousands of providers who are doing the heroic work of trying to save as many Coloradans’ lives as possible during this pandemic – we ask that the public continue their heroic role by staying home and social distancing.”

About Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.

Colorado Hospital Association statement on COVID-19 hospitalizations data

Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Colorado Hospital Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – March 25, 2020 – CHA is providing confirmation of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Critical Care Unit (CCU), available and total bed counts for hospitals within Colorado. Following several recent media reports citing this information at the county level, members of the media began calling hospitals to ask for confirmation of these numbers. Hospital personnel are deeply engaged in preparedness planning at this time and asked the Association to confirm these numbers, which are based on 2018 Medicare Cost Reporting.

Members of the media and the public are reminded that some hospitals may have adjusted capacity during the past year. Further, hospitals are aggressively identifying and converting general care units to ICU beds in anticipation of greater COVID-19 surge, as well as inventorying the equipment and staff resources necessary to care for these patients. The state will continue to track ICU beds and will have real-time information when the data are complete. As such, it should be understood that the 2018 numbers reported in this spreadsheet are the baseline, not the current level of ICU and CCU beds in the state, which will now be higher.

It is important to remember that the vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 will experience only mild symptoms. Of those who have require hospitalization, some can be cared for in a general hospital setting with medications and monitoring, and some will be in critical condition and will need required critical care including ventilator support. The CDC recently released data that shows that hospitalized patients have been in all age brackets.

“As has been shared many times, this is why flattening the curve matters,” said Julie Lonborg, senior vice president, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA).  “It is possible that the current ICU bed capacity will not be sufficient to care for the number of patients that we anticipate Colorado hospitals will need to treat. That is why it is imperative that Coloradans follow all social distancing recommendations, in addition to the many efforts by Colorado hospitals and health systems to expand their current capacity and capabilities. The more we can extend the spread of this virus over multiple weeks or months, the better our hospital system can manage the needs our communities will face. It will take all of us, working together in this way, to stop the spread of this dangerous virus, protect our health care workforce and maintain the lifesaving capabilities of our health care system.”

About Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.

Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Colorado Hospital Response to COVID-19 Pandemic