Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations near April 2020 levels

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DENVER (KDVR) — Hospitalizations are climbing sharply in Colorado, hitting the highest levels since the end of 2020. Gov. Polis will be provided an update on the latest figures with state health leaders Thursday.

According to state data, 1,172 Coloradans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday. That’s the highest level in 2021, nearing the initial first wave of hospitalizations back in April 2020.

Data indicates 79% of Coloradans hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Polis said the average age of a vaccinated Coloradan in the hospital is 73 years old, compared to an average age of 57 for unvaccinated individuals.

COVID-19 Incident Commander Scott Bookman said the state is nearing 90% capacity of ICU beds, with only 120 beds left unused statewide.

According to data collected form the New York Times, Colorado is one of five states with a positive two-week incidence rate for COVID-19 in the country, with an 18% increase from early to mid-October.

You can watch the news conference on FOX31 NOW in the player above.

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