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Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for Feb. 28-March 6, 2022

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Feb 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 18:45:36-05

More than 1,311,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 59,800 have been hospitalized as of Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we're updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.


Latest updates:

Friday, March 4

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,317,447 cases (+997)
60,154 hospitalized (+29)
64 counties (+0)
4,772,615 people tested (+2,300)
16,714,729 test encounters (+20,789)
11,810 deaths among cases (+1)
12,579 deaths due to COVID-19 (+23)
8,397 outbreaks (+7)

The latest hospital data show 318 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 17 fewer than Thursday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 3.33%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Friday, 4,422,544 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,965,114 have been fully vaccinated.

11:10 a.m. | CDPHE provides update on COVID-19 as cases, positivity rate and hospitalization

State health officials provided an update on COVID-19 as cases, the state's positivity rate and hospitalizations continue to decrease following the omicron surge from mid-December.

While the situation surrounding the coronavirus has improved with 283 hospitalizations for COVID-19 as of Friday, state health officials urged the public to get tested not just with at-home tests, but also with PCR tests, so that the state can continue tracking the trajectory of the virus ahead of the fall and winter seasons.

You can watch the news conference in the videos below.

CDPHE update on COVID-19 for Friday, March 4, 2022
CDPHE update on COVID-19 for Friday, March 4, 2022, part 2

Thursday, March 3

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,316,450 cases (+723)
60,125 hospitalized (+112)
64 counties (+0)
4,770,315 people tested (+2,390)
16,693,940 test encounters (+23,486)
11,809 deaths among cases (+8)
12,556 deaths due to COVID-19 (+20)
8,390 outbreaks (+19)

The latest hospital data show 335 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 68 fewer than Wednesday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 3.63%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As As of Friday,421,829 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,964,021 have been fully vaccinated.

Wednesday, March 2

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,315,727 cases (+1,049)
60,013 hospitalized (+13)
64 counties (+0)
4,767,925 people tested (+2,337)
16,670,454 test encounters (+19,672)
11,801 deaths among cases (+7)
12,536 deaths due to COVID-19 (+15)
8,371 outbreaks (+24)

The latest hospital data show 403 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 41 more than Tuesday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 3.82%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Wednesday, 4,420,821 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,962,857 have been fully vaccinated.

1:12 p.m. | Colorado Hospitals deactivate combined hospital transfer center

The Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC), a statewide collaboration between hospitals and health systems across Colorado that was developed in 2020 and activated at two points during the COVID-19 pandemic to address rising hospitalizations and capacity challenges, was deactivated yesterday, officials announced Wednesday.

“Throughout the pandemic, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems have worked collaboratively to tackle the many challenges our state faced, all to care for our patients and communities and to ensure that our health system wasn’t overwhelmed,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, vice president of clinical affairs at Colorado Hospital Association.

She continued, “We mourn the many Coloradans that we’ve lost during this pandemic and recognize the toll that the last two years has taken on our communities and our health care workforce. But we also must take a moment to celebrate successes like the CHTC – which has been recognized nationally as a best practice for hospital capacity management. We are incredibly grateful to the hospitals and health systems for their partnership, to the state for its support for this effort, and to Coloradans for trusting our hospitals to make these sometimes-difficult decisions in order to ensure our health system bent but didn’t break.”

During the recent activation for the surges of delta and omicron cases, the CHTC managed the transfers of more than 45,000 COVID-19 and non-COVID patients. These transfers were facilitated to maximize hospital resources across the state while ensuring timely patient care at the appropriate level, officials said.

12:41 p.m. | Update on COVID-19 in Larimer County

The Larimer County Health Department will hold a virtual community meeting on Thursday at noon to discuss COVID-19 updates in the county and an update to the data dashboard.

Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales, Larimer County Population Epidemiologist Jared Olson, and Larimer County Medical Director Dr. Paul Mayer will be available.

To join in, use this Zoom link or join by phone: 301-715-8592, Webinar ID: 916 1420 3117 and use passcode 776143. It will also stream live on Facebook here.

10:19 a.m. | CSU will make mask-wearing optional on all their Larimer County campuses

Colorado State University officials say teachers, students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks indoors at their Larimer County campuses as the county has a low risk of community transmission following a change in metrics by the CDC on Friday.

"However, our health centers and other exceptions, including @CSUHealth and CSUVetHospital, and Around the Horn Shuttle, will continue mask protocol," officials said.

Tuesday, March 1

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,314,678 cases (+889)
60,000 hospitalized (+46)
64 counties (+0)
4,765,588 people tested (+1,770)
16,650,782 test encounters (+15,927)
11,794 deaths among cases (+22)
12,521 deaths due to COVID-19 (+13)
8,347 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data show 362 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 40 fewer than Monday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 3.74%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesday, 4,419,850 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,961,623 have been fully vaccinated.

Monday, Feb. 28

4:48 p.m. | University of Northern Colorado to go "mask-optional" starting next week

The University of Northern Colorado is making indoor mask wearing optional following new guidance from the CDC, which states that where COVID-19 poses a low or medium threat to hospital capacity, healthy individuals do not need to wear a mask. However, people who are at high risk of severe COVID should consult with their doctor about prevention measures, including masks.

The new policy at UNC goes into effect Monday, March 7.

The university asks for people to respect all individuals who continue to wear masks.

"This change in policy does not alter our responsibility to act with courtesy and kindness," officials said in a news release Monday.

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. A reminder that today's state data is an aggregate from the weekend as well as Monday's.

1,313,779 cases (+2,718)
59,954 hospitalized (+150)
64 counties (+0)
4,763,818 people tested (+6,016)
16,634,855 test encounters (+53,043)
11,772 deaths among cases (+20)
12,508 deaths due to COVID-19 (+69)
8,347 outbreaks (+37)

The latest hospital data show 402 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 61 fewer than Friday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 4.01%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesdayy, 4,418,675 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,960,444 have been fully vaccinated.

9:35 a.m. | CU Boulder and masks

CU Boulder's campus will become "mask-optional" starting March 7 at 6 a.m., the school announced Monday morning. You can read the full letter to the CU Boulder community here.

Click here for the COVID-19 live blog for Feb. 21-27, 2022.