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UCHealth marks 2,000th COVID-19 hospitalized patient to recover, leave hospital

Oct. 6, 2020

Aurora, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2020) – More than 2,000 patients recovering from COVID-19 have now been discharged from UCHealth hospitals throughout Colorado, able to continue their recoveries either at home or in post-acute care centers. Overall, UCHealth has cared for almost 30% of the state’s patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

“We are encouraged seeing these numbers of patients win the battle against COVID-19 and leave our hospitals to continue their recoveries,” said UCHealth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peg Reidy.

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Of UCHealth’s 2,001 patients who have been discharged, 1,211 patients have been able to leave the health care system’s hospitals in metro Denver, 456 from northern Colorado hospitals, and 334 from southern Colorado hospitals.

“Our providers, staff and clinical research teams at UCHealth and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have made significant advancements in care of patients with COVID-19 over the past seven months, improving care for patients, developing new treatments, and conducting 38 COVID-19 clinical trials,” said Dr. Jean Kutner, chief medical officer of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

The 2,000th patient to recover was able to leave Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs late last week. UCHealth is now caring for about 65 hospitalized patients across Colorado with either confirmed or possible COVID-19 infections, almost double the number of hospitalizations from late August but still far below the height of the pandemic when UCHealth was actively caring for more than 260 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

“While our numbers of cases are manageable, we watch these numbers closely as we know a resurgence is possible. Our enhanced safety measures remain in place, and we encourage everyone to be diligent regarding hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks,” Reidy added.
With influenza season approaching, UCHealth encourages patients to schedule an appointment for their flu shot either through My Health Connection or by contacting their UCHealth primary care provider directly.

 About UCHealth

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 25,000 employees, 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

Contact: Jessica Berry