UCHealth releases data on Colorado coronavirus patients, including first look at recovery
Fort Collins Coloradoan
UCHealth’s hospitals across Colorado have discharged more than 370 patients who recovered from coronavirus, and about 250 patients are still being treated for coronavirus in the hospital system.
Of the patients who recovered enough to be discharged, 120 were treated in Northern Colorado hospitals, according to a UCHealth news release posted Tuesday morning.
Nearly 200 of the patients were discharged from metro Denver hospitals, and more than 50 were discharged from UCHealth’s southern Colorado hospitals.
An additional 100 coronavirus patients have been discharged from Banner Health’s North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, which means at least 220 coronavirus patients have recovered enough to return home in Northern Colorado.
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Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth chief innovation officer and emergency services executive director, said the volume of hospitalized patients remains near record highs, but the hospital system is starting to see “positive trends.”
“The rate of increase of new cases has slowed, and our number of hospitalized patients is growing more slowly, but it is essential that Coloradans continue to practice social distancing,” he said in the news release. “The minute we let up, we will likely see cases spike again.”
The patient numbers are Colorado’s first quantitative look at coronavirus recovery in the state because public health officials have yet to release recovery data. UCHealth has 12 full-service hospitals throughout Colorado. Their Northern Colorado hospitals are Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, UCHealth Greeley Hospital and UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital.
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The other large acute-care hospitals in Northern Colorado — McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley — are part of the Banner Health network.
State data indicates that more than 930 others have been hospitalized for coronavirus outside of the UCHealth network. As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,556 people had been hospitalized for coronavirus in Colorado and 329 people have died.
The state reported 7,941 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, although officials estimate the real case count is four to 10 times higher.
In Larimer County, where testing is also limited, 196 cases have been reported and nine people have died as of Tuesday. Neighboring Weld County reported 858 cases and 55 deaths as of Tuesday.
Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. Support stories like this one by purchasing a digital subscription to the Coloradoan.
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