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This post was updated on November 25th, 2020 at 08:03 AM

Number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth’s hospitals

A COVID-19 surge in Colorado has led to increased hospitalizations. This chart shows the number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth's 12 hospitals from the start of the pandemic in Colorado until Nov. 25. Source: UCHealth data.
A COVID-19 surge in Colorado has led to increased hospitalizations. This chart shows the number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth’s 12 hospitals from the start of the pandemic in Colorado until Nov. 25. Source: UCHealth data.

Check Your Symptoms

Please call the clinic or schedule a Virtual Visit if any of these apply to you:

  • Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for, or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days OR
  • New cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours OR
  • Two or more of these symptoms that are new in the last 72 hours: Chills, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell or loss of taste.

Use this free tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker

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The latest from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Patients who have general questions can call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at CO-Help at 303.389.1967 or 1.877.462.2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org. Answers are available in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin and more.

About the author

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.