COVID-19 information

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This post was updated on November 30th, 2021 at 08:50 AM

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

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 through Nov. 30, 2021. Source: UCHealth.
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 through Nov. 30, 2021. Source: UCHealth.

Across Colorado, about 80% of adults are now vaccinated against COVID-19. Inside our hospitals, we’re seeing that the other 20% who are unvaccinated are making up the vast majority of our patients with COVID-19. As the charts below show, nearly 81% of our patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, and nearly 90% of our COVID-19 patients ventilated 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).

CDC’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker

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10 things you can do to manage COVID-19 at home

Virus mutations

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.

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A UCHealth Greeley Hospital nurse puts on PPE before heading into a patient room in the hospital's ICU unit. The continued spike in Colorado COVID-19 cases has been putting a strain on UCHealth ICU capacity for several months. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

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How to regain your sense of taste and smell after COVID-19

Powerfully aromatic and flavorful foods like ginger, peppermint and peanut butter can help you get your sense of smell and taste back. So can strongly-scented essential oi

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Amy Watanabe is proud to have finally gotten her COVID-19 vaccination, but it took a team supporting her and virtual reality technology to get her past her fear of needles.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations spike, now on par with first pandemic wave in 2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations at UCHealth facilities have spiked to levels as high as the first peak of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.

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“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.”

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Young COVID survivor, 23, brings music to health workers’ ears

Nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists are exhausted. This patient’s soulful voice renewed hope and gave providers’ spirits a lift.

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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.

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The ‘twindemic:’ when flu season and spiking COVID-19 cases collide

In a twindemic, we would face two pandemics at the same time: spikes in cases of COVID-19 and a simultaneous, rough flu season.

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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.

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The answer is data from here and abroad.

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FDA approves the Pfizer vaccine, which could help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates across the U.S.

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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.

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Misinformation about infertility and COVID-19 vaccines has prevented countless young women from getting vaccines.

UCHealth requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees

Throughout the pandemic and always, UCHealth’s top priority is keeping patients, employees and visitors safe.

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BioIntelliSense’s BioSticker, artificial intelligence codeveloped at UCHealth, set the table for $2.8 million, 10-month Department of Defense-funded study.

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Vaccines for adults: What to know

With the next school year fast approaching, many parents are reviewing their children’s vaccination records. But what about adults’ vaccination schedules?

Tamara Dunseth Rosenbaum, chief nursing officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, gives the first COVID-19 shot to Jeremy Hulsker, a charge nurse at Memorial.

UCHealth to require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

Policy will increase safety and protection for all patients, visitors, staff and medical providers.

Booster shots for immunocompromised may help prevent breakthrough COVID-19 cases. An older cancer patient holds her granddaughter.

Federal health experts soon could approve COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people

Most people who are sick with COVID-19 now have skipped vaccines. Others who are immunocompromised can get breakthrough cases and could benefit from an extra vaccine dose.

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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?

Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Here, Dr. Anna Euser poses with her newborn daughter, Nell, and her dog, Dutch.

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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.

Moderna COVID-19 clinical trial children - A young girl with a polka-dotted mask looks up as she receives her vaccine.

New Moderna clinical trial for children’s COVID-19 vaccines to launch in early August

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.

man with autoimmune disease getting a COVID-19 vaccine

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 debilitates 22-year-old

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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.

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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.

man sits at a table eating salad.

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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.

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Kids duke it out to be first in Colorado to get Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

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.

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Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Anna Euser responds with a resounding and enthusiastic “yes.”

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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.

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The published case study aims to help other physicians identify and treat a rare condition.

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CDC, state and local rules and recommendations differ. Here’s how to approach them.

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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 and his dad on their birthdays in 2019. Photo courtesy of Robert Plick.

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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.

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In Colorado first, UCHealth COVID-19 patient receives double lung transplant

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.

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As communities open up again, many people who have dealt with anxiety and depression during the pandemic are hungry for human connections.

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Should I travel? Understanding risks and how to plan for air travel during COVID.

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.

Side effects for COVID-19 vaccines are normal. What to expect. Woman receives her vaccine at a vaccination clinic in Denver.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are normal. What to expect when you get your vaccine.

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.

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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.

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What is safe after getting COVID-19 vaccines?

We’ve reviewed new CDC guidance and consulted our top infectious disease expert to learn what is safe after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

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Lymph-node swelling after the coronavirus vaccine can complicate breast-cancer screening, but the timing of a mammogram can make a big difference.

For COVID-19 patients, therapy starts in the ICU

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology is more than ‘ancillary’ to patients’ recovery.

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Colorado teachers thrilled to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines

UCHealth is working closely with more than 50 schools and school districts across Colorado to help vaccinate teachers and enable schools to fully open.

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Should you wear a double mask?

Wearing a double mask, knotting and tucking surgical masks may reduce aerosols more, but wearing one mask correctly is half the battle.

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Early concerns that COVID-19 may cause heart problems have abated with further studies and clinical observations at UCHealth and elsewhere.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Researchers ask: Why does COVID-19 affect people differently?

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 volunteer Michael Rouse proudly shows off his vaccine card.

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Vaccine study participant said he will keep preaching a message of truth to those who are afraid of research and vaccines.

Ernesto Castro and his family are encouraging their Hispanic community to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Why he’s urging his Hispanic community to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Ernesto strives to help his Hispanic community navigate health guidelines, and filter misinformation and fear about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Older man in a grocery store wearing his mask. Wear a mask even after COVID-19 vaccine.

Keep wearing a mask even after getting your 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.

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Remote patient monitoring of COVID-19 brings peace of mind

A UCHealth remote patient monitoring program introduced last spring to protect recovering COVID-19 patients after they return home continues to blossom.

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Investigational clinical trial for new COVID-19 vaccine opens in Colorado

The investigational COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, is in a phase 3 clinical trial at UCHealth in Colorado, sponsored by Novavax.

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The Hazels stress the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, while helping leaders effectively reach Black people, immigrants and underserved people.

Rosalie Lane receives COVID-19 vaccination

Older adults receive COVID-19 vaccine at home through mobile clinic

UCHealth activated its mobile vaccine clinic, an initiative aimed at providing COVID-19 vaccines to adults who are age 70 and older.

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UCHealth is eager to provide coronavirus vaccines to older adults and many others as soon as possible in the coming weeks and months.

provider and nurse in the ICU at UCH using their COVID-19 care improvement knowledge to care for a patient.

COVID-19 patient outcomes improve thanks to new medications, top-notch care

Medical providers are better prepared to fight a new surge thanks to COVID-19 care improvements including better medications and treatments.

college student wearing a Kn95, which is considered a better face mask than cloth.

Should I get a better face mask to protect against COVID-19?

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.

Tamara Dunseth Rosenbaum, chief nursing officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, gives the first COVID-19 shot to Jeremy Hulsker, a charge nurse at Memorial.

Frontline health care workers make history, first to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado

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.

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‘Hug tunnel’ is a human solution to isolation of the elderly

Elderly isolation is among the cruel collateral damage inflicted by the insidious virus that causes COVID-19. But the ‘hug tunnel’ can help.

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Long and poignant journey to a safe COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Richard Zane has been fighting COVID-19 all year. He’s confident vaccines are safe, and we are experiencing a historic moment.

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The first COVID-19 case likely in Colorado long before March

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.

loneliness during COVID-19 pandemic. It's common to feel lonely now. Fight it with kindness.

Loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic: Fight it with kindness

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 home to unsung heroes

Clinical laboratories are working with a new, highly accurate COVID-19 testing technology that will help provide quicker test results.

man walking his dog in the winter, getting exercise and sunlight, both help the body deal with COVID-19.

Are vitamins C and D effective in the fight against COVID-19?

Preliminary evidence suggests certain common dietary supplements, such as vitamins C, D and Zinc, may help in the battle against COVID-19.

Derek Susa, an associate clinical engineer, moves ICU beds.

Racing to add extra ICU beds as COVID-19 patient surge tests hospitals, providers

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.

COVID-19 survivor Robert Carver rings a bell as he leaves the hospital.

More COVID-19 patients are surviving now as care, therapies improve

There’s one glimmer of hope in this pandemic. Patients who become critically ill with COVID-19 are surviving at significantly higher rates.

A provider administers a vaccination to a patient in this photo.

Coronavirus drug trials: Answering big questions

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 speaks about COVID in Colorado

Dr. Anthony Fauci salutes Colorado’s frontline workers as they face tough COVID-19 surge

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.

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“Maskne” is caused by the “mechanics” of mask-wearing, including increased heat, friction and occlusion/moisture. Here are helpful tips.

The challenges of managing diabetes and COVID-19 risk

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.

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Weary eyes show above their masks, but they remain dedicated to their mission: giving excellent, loving care. These are the pandemic nurses.

This close-up photo shows a skiier wearing a helmet, goggles and facemask over the nose and mouth.

Is it safe to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic?

By taking the proper precautions before, during and after, it can be safe to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

COVID-19 in Colorado continues to get worse. Here Dr. Abbey Lara works in an ICU room with two patients.

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.

UCHealth coronavirus vaccine trials continue as hospitals prepare for mass vaccination

Good news announced that coronavirus vaccine trials are showing we may have a vaccine for COVID-19 in the coming months.

In the time of COVID-19: How college students can return home safely for the holidays

UCHealth experts say college students should quarantine and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks when returning home for the holidays.

Test your knowledge of coronavirus, from A to Z

“A” is for Asymptomatic spread. “Z” is for Zinc. Test your understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, from medications to health guidelines.

Dr. Richard Zane in front of the emergency room. He is stressing the importance of following rules now with the Colorado COVID-19 spike here.

Virus ‘far more dangerous’ now as Colorado COVID-19 spike sets alarming records

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.

Daniel Gustafson with is dog Pipen.

Convalescent plasma needed as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

Blood donation centers need new people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma to deal with the increased demand.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 infections are common in people of all ages, including children. Here, children wear masks while they color at school.

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.

Pandemic fatigue is rampant now. Here a young woman looks exhaused as she holds her baby and looks at a laptop.

Are you feeling exhausted, anxious or sad? 5 tips for handling ‘pandemic fatigue.’

If you are sick and tired of worrying about COVID-19, you’re probably suffering from pandemic fatigue, and you are not alone.

A nurse administers a shot to a woman.

UCHealth launches second COVID-19 vaccine trial

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 we must act now or many people will end up in ICUs. Here, a patient with COVID-19 gets intubated in an ICU.

Colorado coronavirus model shows we must act now

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.

REGN-COV2 trial needs household members of those recently diagnosed with COVID-19

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 will need to be smaller and safer, like this celebration outside. A person hands green beans over a turkey at a table outdoors.

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.

Clarence Troutman is a COVID-19 'long-hauler' who has gotten help through a special clinic.

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ get help at special ICU clinic

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ are patients with symptoms lingering more than a month after initial recovery, and they are getting help at UCHealth.

doctor with a pediatric patient and mom addressing medical issues now before COVID and flu season collide.Top 10 medical issues to take care of now before flu season and COVID-19 collide

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.

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

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.

High-quality antibody tests are now available to the public in Colorado at various locations throughout Colorado. Here, a lab manager works on tests at a UCHealth lab.

Best drugs to fight COVID-19: Drugs that Trump is receiving also help other seriously ill patients

Some therapies Trump received are used for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Colorado and elsewhere, including dexamethasone and remdesivir.

to prevent superspreader events, wear masks, avoid creeds, stay apart and gather outside. Some women wearing masks sit at an outdoor table.

How you can prevent ‘superspreader’ events this fall and winter

You can prevent superspreader events if you follow these relatively simple guidelines from this UCHealth neuro-infectious disease expert.

women with her hand on her heart as she practices Three Good Things tool.Identify ‘Three Good Things’ each evening to boost happiness during the pandemic

People can boost their positive attitudes and resiliency while reducing harmful self-criticism with the “Three Good Things” daily exercise.

man looking into a microscope at coronavirus mutation, while DNA shows on the screen.

Coronavirus mutations not (necessarily) cause for alarm

D614G mutation changes the coronavirus’s spike protein, but shouldn’t affect vaccines in development, according to the experts.

COVID survivor walks down the hall to nurses cheers.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.

woman wearing mask in an elevator, a place were airborne coronavirus transmission would be more likely to happen.

6 steps to slowing airborne coronavirus transmission

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.

nurse with mask and shield readies a coronavirus vaccine for a patient wearing a mask.

Coronavirus vaccines 101: What you need to know

Several vaccine makers are racing to create and test vaccines to prevent COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus vaccines.

graphic of COVID-19. Autopsies have shown that COVID-19 patients are especially vulnerable to blood clots forming aggressively in the lungs and researchers are trying to determine if the clot buster tPA may help.

Study tests clot busters on COVID-19 patients

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 science of masks. A young woman wears a mask.

Science says: Wear a mask

The research of mask-wearing is evolving, but the case for masks to slow coronavirus spread is strong.

ECMO treatments for COVID-19 helped Barbara Gould survive. Here, she sits in her driveway after arriving home.

Boulder woman survives COVID-19 thanks to artificial lung treatments called ECMO

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.

Moderna vaccine trial in Colorado - 3D images of virus particles that cause COVID-19

Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial set to launch at University of Colorado Hospital

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.

Concerns about airborne COVID-19 are increasing. Here, a woman wearing a masks gazes inside an empty restaurant.

COVID-19 and airborne aerosols: What you need to know

Wear masks indoors. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces, especially those where people are singing, speaking loudly or laughing. Open windows and avoid crowds.

Colorado hospitals COVID - doctors teamed up to save lives

Colorado hospital systems teamed up to save lives of COVID-19 patients

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.

Research: Understanding the role genetics play in COVID-19, other diseases

Researchers part of a global group sharing and analyzing data to understand the genetic aspects of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity, and outcomes.

Covid-unit nurse getting something out of a drawer. nurses are now giving dexamethasone to some coronavirus patients.

Dexamethasone may or may not be a breakthrough coronavirus treatment

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?

Dr. Michelle Barron, the top infectious disease expert in Colorado. Here, she holds her arms up in front of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.A fearless protector: Meet the top infectious disease expert in Colorado

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 wearing a mask gets an child immunization during pandemic.

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.

a large crowd with an opening of just a few in the middle, signifying herd immunity.Heard ‘herd immunity’ is the answer to the coronavirus problem? Not so fast.

Herd immunity requires that enough of the population is immune that the disease can’t keep spreading even if some people remain vulnerable.

A photo of a man doing work in a medical laboratory

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.

is water and swimming safe during COVID pandemic? A man in mask and sunglasses at a swimming pool.

Is it safe to swim during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are pools, lakes and beaches safe this summer?

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.

antibody tests for COVID-19 in Colorado.Several coronavirus clinical trials, same key questions: ‘Is it safe?’ ‘Does it work?’

Therapies, in the form of clinical trials, for the coronavirus are being put to the test at record pace in Colorado at UCHealth.

A team at the Anschutz Medical Campus is working to antibody testing in Colorado to detect COVID-19 antibodies.

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.

baby in NICU after covid-positive mom gives birth at 35 weeks.

COVID-positive mother gives birth to beautiful, strong preemie

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.

Nurse wipes down ventilator

Clinic aims to give surviving COVID-19 patients the post-ICU care they need

‘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.

machine that takes Julies plasma at work

Donating plasma for COVID patients new push in fight against deadly virus

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.

birth during pandemic - here big sister Harper Kronebusch lays her head on her mom's belly during a checkup

Giving birth during a pandemic: New babies bring joy and hope in quiet hospitals

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 war, hurricane or pandemic, Dr. Evalina Burger performs medically necessary surgeries

In recent days, all UCHealth hospitals resumed medically necessary surgeries for people who needed help but had to wait because of COVID-19.

women with horse, smiling after seeing a gastroenterologist by way of a virtual visit to assure her she needed to go to the hospital.For the love of Cowboy: Virtual Visit helps woman get back to her horse

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.

Two young men demonstrate social distancing, an important component of return to normal models for Colorado.Coronavirus models: what the numbers show in Colorado about how we may ‘return to normal’

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.

JBS worker with COVID-19 leaves UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies

JBS worker with COVID-19 goes home after son prayed outside hospital for days

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 the coronavirus distancing end? It depends.

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.

UCHealth specially trained employee uses an electrostatic sprayer as part of an disinfection process so EMS can be safe when responsing to medical emergencies during this pandemic.

Symptoms to never ignore – even during a pandemic

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.

African American COVID=19 survivor Ravi TurmanAfrican American COVID-19 survivor thinks she lived to give others hope

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 threat of COVID-19

Cancer patients battle the treat of COVID-19 but with a weakened immune systems. UCHealth is helping them maintain cancer treatments during the pandemic.

Dr. Michael Douglas and his wife, Meg, walk their daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Michael is the first patient in Colorado to have received convalescent plasma to help fight COVID-19.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.

a young man and a woman vaping, and the coronavirus makes this more risky.Vaping and the coronavirus do not mix

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.

virtual visit now available for primary care and specialistsYour regular doctor and specialists can now care for you at home through ‘Virtual Visit’

Patients can now do Virtual Visits with their primary care doctors and specialists. Keep seeing your regular doctors while staying safe from coronavirus.

a person lathering up with soap shows why soap works better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirusWhy soap and water work better than hand sanitizer to remove the 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.

nurse wheels in a ventilator for treatment of COVID-19 patient with ARDS.ICUs work to stem tide of COVID-related ARDS patients

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.

Claudia, Ernesto and 18-month Camila. Photo courtesy of Ernesto Castro.Grateful to be alive: Ernesto Castro lives to tell his story about surviving COVID-19

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.

Older woman does a video call for story about helping older adults use video callingHow to help older adults use video calling to stay connected, combat loneliness

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.

medications on a table to represent coronavirus drugsA rundown of coronavirus drugs for home and hospital

There’s no proven cure or treatment for COVID-19. Some drugs may help; chloroquine, the antimalarial medication, may or may not.

Crowd of people as a way to demonstrate that coronavirus math shows how fast coronavirus is spreading.

Physical distancing – based on math – is a vital step to fighting the pandemic

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.

women taking zinc, which does help with some coronaviruses and could with COVID-19.Coronavirus: To zinc or not to zinc?

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.

Home sick with coronavirusYou think you have COVID-19? What should you do?

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.

woman disinfecting coronavirus by wiping down countertops in the kitchen.
The ins and outs of disinfecting coronavirus

We’re typically better at cleaning than disinfecting. That must change now with the coronavirus. Here’s a quick primer on household disinfection.

a photo of blood with coronvirus on the labelViruses 101: Why the new coronavirus is so contagious and how we can fight it?

Learn why the new coronavirus is so contagious. Is a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 coming? And will summer make a difference?

People who work in other people's homes, like plumbers, should be wary of sick people.Staying safe from the coronavirus when you work in other people’s homes

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.

to people stand six feet apart pretending to give each other high five, demonstrating what is social distancing.What exactly is ‘social distancing?’ Hint: You are allowed to go outside.

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.”

Novel coronavirus outbreak in Colorado’s ski communities ‘very serious,’ UCHealth expert warns

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.

couple riding bike as getting exercise and being outdoors is on the list of ideas for social distancing.Six healthy things you can do to take the edge off social distancing

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.

ethnic person washing hands, one way to help stop spread of COVID-19 symptoms.What you should know about COVID-19, coronavirus

Don’t panic. UCHealth continues to monitor COVID-19. Here are some answers to questions.

Virtual urgent care is available for people in Colorado.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.

 

women hands older adult a bag of food.Older adults advised to ‘stay home as much as possible’ during coronavirus outbreak

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.

coronavirus is causing anxiety for many - how to handle itCoronavirus anxiety: Why the outbreak feeds worries and five simple ways to reduce anxiety?

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.

How to prepare your child for a new baby: pregnant mom plays with daughterPregnancy and coronavirus: Experts advise precautions

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to viral respiratory infections like the new coronavirus or COVID-19 and need to take precautions during pregnancy.

The latest from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

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