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State explains spike in Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations; says they're not new cases

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 17:19:17-04

DENVER — COVID-19 hospitalization numbers in Colorado saw a large spike on Monday and Tuesday, but the uptick wasn't due to new cases, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The new data was a result of the state completing investigations of known COVID-19 cases, a new process that went into effect on April 22.

The state on Monday reported 374 additional hospitalizations due to COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 4,859. Colorado in recent days had only reported daily increases of a dozen hospitalizations or less.

The state collected the additional data because sometimes a person's illness became more severe, leading to a hospitalization after health officials already conducted an initial investigation.

A public health order on April 22 outline new hospital data reporting requirements. As a result, the CDPHE created a process to match incoming data to existing cases.

As of Tuesday, at least 180 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado, according to data from 92% of hospitals that have reported data. Twenty-one patients had been discharged in the last 24 hours.