This post was updated on September 23rd, 2021 at 09:44 AM
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Number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth’s hospitals
Across Colorado, more than 75% of adults are now vaccinated against COVID-19. Inside our hospitals, we’re seeing that the 25% of Coloradans who are unvaccinated are making up the vast majority of our patients with COVID-19. As the charts below show, nearly 86% of our hospitalized patients are unvaccinated, and nearly 91% of our ventilated patients in ICUs are unvaccinated. Of our hospitalized patients who were vaccinated at the time of admission, many are immunocompromised.
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).
Scientists have identified new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not uncommon as respiratory viruses can change often. The delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Colorado. Studies have shown that vaccines remain effective against this variant.
The best way to protect yourself and others from new versions of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, continue wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands often.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at UCHealth facilities have spiked to levels as high as the first peak of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.
“It’s not an antiviral drug. It’s not designed or meant to be a treatment for COVID-19. … Trust your healthcare provider not social media for your healthcare decisions.”
Nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists are exhausted. This patient’s soulful voice renewed hope and gave providers’ spirits a lift.
Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are rare, but on the rise as the highly transmissible delta variant causes a dramatic increase in positive cases of COVID-19.
In a twindemic, we would face two pandemics at the same time: spikes in cases of COVID-19 and a simultaneous, rough flu season.
As COVID-19 infections increase in children — right as the new school year begins — a UCHealth pediatrician answers some of the most common questions about kids and COVID-19.
The answer is data from here and abroad.
Extra protection: Medical providers work fast to give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable patients
Three COVID-19 vaccine doses now will be standard for about 3% of the U.S. population, which are the country’s most immunosuppressed patients.
Misinformation about infertility and COVID-19 vaccines has prevented countless young women from getting vaccines.
Throughout the pandemic and always, UCHealth’s top priority is keeping patients, employees and visitors safe.
BioIntelliSense’s BioSticker, artificial intelligence codeveloped at UCHealth, set the table for $2.8 million, 10-month Department of Defense-funded study.
With the next school year fast approaching, many parents are reviewing their children’s vaccination records. But what about adults’ vaccination schedules?
Policy will increase safety and protection for all patients, visitors, staff and medical providers.
Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again are advising fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in places where the delta variant is spreading fast. What should you do?
Dr. Anna Euser is a maternal-fetal medicine expert and a mom. She was pregnant when she received her COVID-19 vaccines. She recommends COVID-19 vaccines for all of her patients. Learn why.
Researchers will begin testing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine first on children ages 6 to 11, then eventually and toddlers as young as 6 months.
COVID-19 vaccination may briefly influence medication timing in patients with rheumatic disease, but the benefits vastly outweigh any risks, says the CU School of Medicine’s rheumatology chief.
Alcohol use spiked during the pandemic. If you have been drinking too much during the day — or anytime — we’ve got four simple strategies to help you ditch unhealthy drinking.
The Delta variant is sweeping the planet. It is roughly 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which itself was roughly 50% more contagious than the “original” coronavirus strains.
Devin, a runner and recent college graduate, recovers from long-hauler symptoms after getting COVID-19. Her message is strong: Get vaccinated.
Whether needed for travel, returning to work or enjoying a concert, proof of COVID-19 tests and vaccines is easily accessible through My Health Connection.
Doctors at Children’s Colorado plan to test the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this summer on children ages 5 to 11. Later, the team is expected to test the vaccine on babies and children, ages 6 months to 4 years old.
Americans jokingly have referred to weight gained during the pandemic as “quarantine 15,’’ similar to the “freshman 15’’ that college students sometimes gain in their first year away from home.
Sleepovers, summer vacations and in-person school beckon as kids start getting their COVID-19 vaccines
Parents were overjoyed to bring their children for walk-in, after-school COVID-19 vaccines on the first day that children and teens, ages 12 to 15, were eligible to receive inoculations that could bring back simple pleasures, like sleepovers.
The Vannoni twins, Emilia and Lucas, 12, and their brother, Lorenzo, 14, were excited to participate in clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines because they’re excited for the pandemic to end.
Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Anna Euser responds with a resounding and enthusiastic “yes.”
Teens who are 16 and 17 already can walk in and get COVID-19 vaccines. Approval for those ages 12 to 15 is expected soon. Walk-in vaccine clinics should make vaccines for children and teens a breeze for parents.
Doctors safely administer heparin alternative to treat patient with blood clots related to J&J vaccine
The published case study aims to help other physicians identify and treat a rare condition.
The need for COVID-19 booster shots will depend on how long initial protection lasts and viral variants’ ability to evade vaccine-based immunity going forward.
CDC, state and local rules and recommendations differ. Here’s how to approach them.
Dr. Michelle Barron is a top infectious disease expert, but even her family suffered tragic deaths from COVID-19. She’s begging people to protect their loved ones now.
A lot is happening on the vaccine front. To sort it out, UCHealth Today reached out to a vaccine specialist about the COVID vaccine and herd immunity.
Robert Plick battled through three bouts of cancer, heart failure and a COVID-19 infection. From home to hospital, he had plenty of helping hands.
Bryan Raymond, 37, of Montana, survived 84 days on a lung machine. This story of a COVID-19 patient who received a double lung transplant is one of endurance and unflagging support.
As communities open up again, many people who have dealt with anxiety and depression during the pandemic are hungry for human connections.
Is air travel safe? What planning do I need to do? Is a ‘vaccine passport’ required? Get all the information on air travel during a pandemic here in one place.
It’s normal for many people who receive COVID-19 vaccines to experience side effects. We consulted with medical expert, Dr. Thomas Campbell, to answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, pets have comforted us and helped us stay healthy. It’s understandable that some people worried about their pets’ health. We have reviewed recommendations and guidelines to help you keep your pets safe during the pandemic.
Study uses COVIDome samples link antibody production to stages of disease.
We’ve reviewed new CDC guidance and consulted our top infectious disease expert to learn what is safe after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
Lymph-node swelling after the coronavirus vaccine can complicate breast-cancer screening, but the timing of a mammogram can make a big difference.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology is more than ‘ancillary’ to patients’ recovery.
UCHealth is working closely with more than 50 schools and school districts across Colorado to help vaccinate teachers and enable schools to fully open.
Wearing a double mask, knotting and tucking surgical masks may reduce aerosols more, but wearing one mask correctly is half the battle.
Early concerns that COVID-19 may cause heart problems have abated with further studies and clinical observations at UCHealth and elsewhere.
Older folks were excited to come to Shorter Community AME Church in Denver on Sunday to get their COVID-19 vaccines. Many parishioners have deeply missed seeing one another, worshiping together and singing in choirs.
We reached out to our experts to answer questions about what to expect and how to stay as healthy as possible when getting the vaccine.
UCHealth’s COVID-19 mass vaccination drive-though event a success; model for future by getting most people in and out in just over 20 minutes.
Blood samples drawn from COVID-19-positive patients are helping researchers’ efforts to identify and target the unique biologic factors that drive the disease.
Vaccine study participant said he will keep preaching a message of truth to those who are afraid of research and vaccines.
Ernesto strives to help his Hispanic community navigate health guidelines, and filter misinformation and fear about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health experts say people who get their COVID-19 vaccines should keep wearing masks to keep others safe until millions more get vaccinated.
Vaccination ramps up as COVID-19 infections rise in hotspots here and abroad; coronavirus variants could make things much worse.
A UCHealth remote patient monitoring program introduced last spring to protect recovering COVID-19 patients after they return home continues to blossom.
The investigational COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, is in a phase 3 clinical trial at UCHealth in Colorado, sponsored by Novavax.
Encouraging Black people to get COVID-19 vaccines: This doctor-doctor duo is on a mission to build trust
The Hazels stress the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, while helping leaders effectively reach Black people, immigrants and underserved people.
UCHealth activated its mobile vaccine clinic, an initiative aimed at providing COVID-19 vaccines to adults who are age 70 and older.
UCHealth is eager to provide coronavirus vaccines to older adults and many others as soon as possible in the coming weeks and months.
Medical providers are better prepared to fight a new surge thanks to COVID-19 care improvements including better medications and treatments.
Does a gator protect me from COVID-19? Are adjustable ear loops effective? Is it time to get a better face mask? We asked our expert.
Health care workers made history Monday as the first in Colorado to receive a safe, highly-effective vaccine that could end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elderly isolation is among the cruel collateral damage inflicted by the insidious virus that causes COVID-19. But the ‘hug tunnel’ can help.
Dr. Richard Zane has been fighting COVID-19 all year. He’s confident vaccines are safe, and we are experiencing a historic moment.
Blood donated around the U.S. last December shows antibodies to COVID-19. The first COVID-19 case in Colorado might have been last December.
Acts of kindness can energize the souls of both the kind person and the recipient, helping combat loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinical laboratories are working with a new, highly accurate COVID-19 testing technology that will help provide quicker test results.
Preliminary evidence suggests certain common dietary supplements, such as vitamins C, D and Zinc, may help in the battle against COVID-19.
To meet the needs during a surge of COVID-19 patients, hospitals are assessing everything from ICU bed and IV poles, to doctors and nurses.
There’s one glimmer of hope in this pandemic. Patients who become critically ill with COVID-19 are surviving at significantly higher rates.
Great news from coronavirus vaccine clinical trials have earned a deserved spotlight over the last couple of weeks. For good reason, too: The Pfizer and Moderna, and other COVID-19 vaccines, will do much to douse the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, thanked health workers and said he’s eager to take a vaccine for COVID-19.
“Maskne” is caused by the “mechanics” of mask-wearing, including increased heat, friction and occlusion/moisture. Here are helpful tips.
People with diabetes don’t seem to be at higher risk of getting COVID-19. But if they do get it, they are more likely to be sick from it.
Weary eyes show above their masks, but they remain dedicated to their mission: giving excellent, loving care. These are the pandemic nurses.
By taking the proper precautions before, during and after, it can be safe to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.
Colorado seeing its ‘darkest days;’ governor warns people to limit gatherings to immediate household
Stay safe and avoid getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others as we all go through this very difficult third wave of COVID-19 in Colorado.
Good news announced that coronavirus vaccine trials are showing we may have a vaccine for COVID-19 in the coming months.
UCHealth experts say college students should quarantine and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks when returning home for the holidays.
“A” is for Asymptomatic spread. “Z” is for Zinc. Test your understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, from medications to health guidelines.
Why did the fall Colorado COVID-19 spike get so serious so fast? Simple. The virus now is so widespread that it’s much easier to get infected.
Blood donation centers need new people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma to deal with the increased demand.
The truth about COVID-19 and asymptomatic spread: It’s common, so wear a mask and avoid large gatherings
Asymptomatic spread has been one of the most mysterious and haunting aspects of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
If you are sick and tired of worrying about COVID-19, you’re probably suffering from pandemic fatigue, and you are not alone.
COVID-19 vaccine trial in northern Colorado needs participants who are at higher risk for exposure due to their work environments or habits.
The Colorado coronavirus model shows, on average, a person infected with COVID-19 will spread it to 1.5 people, a rate higher than in Spring.
UCHealth quickly recruiting people living with someone recently diagnosed with COVID-19 for REGN-COV2 trial that is focused on prevention.
Holiday gatherings in 2020: Health experts provide tips to safely navigate the holidays during a pandemic
How should you host Thanksgiving or decide on plans during such a challenging time? Health experts chime in on holiday gatherings and more.
COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ are patients with symptoms lingering more than a month after initial recovery, and they are getting help at UCHealth.
Our expert chimes in with 10 medical issues to address now before flu season and COVID-19 collide and possibly stress the health care system.
More than 2,000 COVID-19 survivors have now been discharged from UCHealth hospitals and are recovering at home or in post-accute care centers.
Some therapies Trump received are used for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Colorado and elsewhere, including dexamethasone and remdesivir.
You can prevent superspreader events if you follow these relatively simple guidelines from this UCHealth neuro-infectious disease expert.
People can boost their positive attitudes and resiliency while reducing harmful self-criticism with the “Three Good Things” daily exercise.
D614G mutation changes the coronavirus’s spike protein, but shouldn’t affect vaccines in development, according to the experts.
UCHealth, University of Colorado School of Medicine launch COVID-19 project to follow up with hospitalized patients
A research project seeks to learn how COVID-19 patients are faring after leaving the hospital and identify how UCHealth can improve care in the future.
Aerosols – invisible particles that float in the air around us for minutes or hours – appear to be a major player in the transmission of the coronavirus.
Several vaccine makers are racing to create and test vaccines to prevent COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus vaccines.
Multi-site trial tests the ability of tPA to clear the lungs and break up blood clots in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
The research of mask-wearing is evolving, but the case for masks to slow coronavirus spread is strong.
Barbara Goud got a vicious case of COVID-19. She wasn’t recovering well on a ventilator, then got ECMO treatments to give her lungs a rest.
The phase 3 trial of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine candidate for COVID-19 will enroll 1,000 at University of Colorado Hospital, 30,000 nationwide.
After the first known patient with COVID-19 emerged in Colorado on March 5, Colorado hospital systems teamed up to help one another, saving lives.
Researchers part of a global group sharing and analyzing data to understand the genetic aspects of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity, and outcomes.
First approved in 1958 when NASA was born and Pan Am flew the first commercial flight across the Atlantic. Will Dexamethasone work for the coronavirus?
This infectious disease expert in Colorado faces the biggest challenge of her career but does it with her typical sunny attitude and calming demeanor.
Child immunizations down during pandemic, increasing risk for an outbreak of vaccine-preventable illnesses
UCHealth pediatrician stresses importance of continued child-well visits, scheduled child immunizations during pandemic to prevent other illnesses.
Herd immunity requires that enough of the population is immune that the disease can’t keep spreading even if some people remain vulnerable.
High-quality antibody tests and screening for the COVID-19 virus now available to the public in Colorado
UCHealth providers are now offering COVID-19 and antibody tests to the public at facilities along the Front Range and in Steamboat Springs.
This summer will be very different. What about drinking water and water sports? You’ve got questions about COVID-19 and the summer of 2020. We’ve got answers.
Therapies, in the form of clinical trials, for the coronavirus are being put to the test at record pace in Colorado at UCHealth.
Colorado team creating ‘farm-to-table’ COVID-19 antibody tests to boost quality and bypass shortages
Scientists at the Anschutz Medical Campus are racing to create a new high-quality antibody test to aid in the fight against COVID-19. But be careful as a positive antibody test may not mean you are immune.
This COVID-positive mom of a NICU baby humbled her health care team with her gratitude and positivity during a hard birth and challenging new times.
‘Huge’ milestone: Colorado’s first convalescent plasma recipient leaves ICU after 34 days on a ventilator
Dr. Michael Leonard, the first convalescent plasma recipient at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, leaves the ICU after 34 days on a ventilator.
For 28 years as a nurse, she has helped bring new life into the world. Now, after acquiring COVID-19, she is donating her plasma to help COVID patients.
This pregnancy seemed to be smooth sailing. Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and the upcoming birth of her second child became a bit scarier.
In recent days, all UCHealth hospitals resumed medically necessary surgeries for people who needed help but had to wait because of COVID-19.
Seeing a gastroenterologist by way of a virtual visit reasured this woman she needed medical care and calmed her fears of a hospital visit during pandemic.
Absent big surprises, Colorado residents can expect a long, slow return to the “normal” we knew before COVID-19 based on the models used by experts.
Family and nurses cheered for JBS worker and COVID-19 survivor Sergio Rodriguez when he left the hospital. His son, Rafael, had prayed for days outside.
When will physical (also known as social) distancing end? We are all ready but experts agreed that we still must heed not the heart but the head.
It’s critical to continue to get treatment for medical emergencies during this pandemic. Don’t ignore these symptoms and know that UCHealth EMS is a safe place to turn to for emergency care.
Against the odds, Ravi Turman was the first person in her COVID-19 unit at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital to get off a ventilator. Both Ravi and her team celebrated the milestone and she’s now recovering at home.
Cancer patients battle the treat of COVID-19 but with a weakened immune systems. UCHealth is helping them maintain cancer treatments during the pandemic.
Critically ill Evergreen man first in Colorado to receive ‘convalescent plasma’ to help fight COVID-19
Dr. Michael Douglas is the first person in Colorado to receive convalescent plasma to help fight COVID-19. The donor’s antibodies may help attack the virus.
Anything that causes lung inflammation is going to be really bad in a setting of coronavirus. Learn why vaping and the coronavirus do not mix.
Patients can now do Virtual Visits with their primary care doctors and specialists. Keep seeing your regular doctors while staying safe from coronavirus.
Both soap and hand sanitizer neutralize the coronavirus, but soap and water work better because soap disrupts sticky bonds so the coronavirus slides off.
In many cases, the battle against COVID-19 in ICUs is centered on a condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. And nearly all these patients require ventilator support.
It started with a runny nose and then his condition deteriorated rapidly. After 10 days in the hospital, he went home to be with family.
Isolation is tough for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. For older adults, it’s devastating. Help older adults use video calling to stay connected.
There’s no proven cure or treatment for COVID-19. Some drugs may help; chloroquine, the antimalarial medication, may or may not.
As the coronavirus cases grow, what may seem like extreme measures are not. Without our immediate cooperation, sick people will easily overwhelm hospitals in Colorado.
Zinc is no coronavirus magic bullet, but it could help. Studies have shown zinc lozenges to be effective in shortening the misery phase of the common cold.
Staying at home is the best treatment unless you are seriously ill. Isolate yourself from others, even in your home. Get fluids and rest and call your doctor if you get seriously ill.
We’re typically better at cleaning than disinfecting. That must change now with the coronavirus. Here’s a quick primer on household disinfection.
Learn why the new coronavirus is so contagious. Is a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 coming? And will summer make a difference?
For plumbers, repair people and cable service technicians, staying safe means asking questions. Call ahead. Don’t work in a home where someone is sick. Collect payments remotely and use the customer’s sink and soap.
In order to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, public health experts are now advising people in many parts of the country to practice “social distancing.”
Residents and visitors to Colorado mountain resort areas should take precautions immediately as Colorado’s governor also orders the closure of theaters, clubs and gyms while restaurants halt dine-in service.
Social distancing is, for now, the best tool we as a civilization have to prevent the spread of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” to keep the numbers of severe cases down.
Don’t panic. UCHealth continues to monitor COVID-19. Here are some answers to questions.
Concerned about coronavirus? Virtual Urgent Care provides safe, affordable, 24/7 option to get care.
Medical providers can help you figure out if you need to be tested for coronavirus through secure, online visits. UCHealth’s Virtual Urgent Care is open to anyone in Colorado, even those who don’t have insurance.
Early research shows that older adults are twice as likely to have serious complications if they get the new coronavirus, also called COVID-19 illness. Learn what you need to know.
Psychologist Justin Ross said it’s no surprise that mass anxiety and panicky behavior are spreading. But there are simple steps that can help tame coronavirus anxiety.
Pregnant women are more vulnerable to viral respiratory infections like the new coronavirus or COVID-19 and need to take precautions during pregnancy.
The CDC is updating information about COVID-19 on its website.
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.