DENVER (KDVR) – A new modeling report for the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado estimates that one in 99 people in the state is infected with COVID-19, marking a fifth wave of infections.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health released the new modeling report on Friday, which estimates COVID-19 infections are at their highest level for 2021 in Colorado.
“Depending on the scenario, the range of deaths from COVID-19 through December 1 is approximately 1,000 to 2,000,” the report estimates.
By increasing transmission control by 10% through means like wearing a mask, it is estimated that 3,100 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 390 deaths could be prevented, the group wrote.
“State data and modeling indicate that we are not quite out of the woods just yet,” said state epidemiologist Dr Rachel Herlihy. “In the short term, transmission control measures, such as masking and social distancing, will continue to reduce peak hospital demand. Over the longer term, increasing immunization rates will continue to be critical in reducing the demand for hospitals and saving lives. “
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado have passed the April 2020 peak, but the modeling group said it “expects hospital demand to remain below the December 2020 peak,” assuming a speeding up of the number of people receiving the vaccine.
The report also estimates that 70% of Coloradans were immune on Friday, either through vaccination or previous infection.
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