Colorado Coronavirus Update: 1,143 New Cases Reported

Amber Fisher

Colorado has begun to see a decline in coronavirus case rates over the past few weeks, according to the latest public health data.

Between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, 1,143 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Colorado, according to public health data.

As of Saturday, 323,619 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the state among 2,102,272 tests that have been administered since the outbreak began, health officials confirmed. Around 17,860 people have been hospitalized.

Colorado's COVID-19 death toll:

  • Deaths due to COVID-19: 3,605

  • Deaths among cases: 4,592

Around 38 percent of the state's critical care ventilators were in use as of Saturday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Around 20 percent of Colorado hospitals reported anticipating staff shortages over the next week, and 8 percent of hospitals reported anticipating ICU bed shortages.

Many Colorado counties continue to operate under 'Level Red' on the state's COVID-19 dial. Under the level, indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited, and the last call for ordering alcohol is 8 p.m.

Colorado has launched a certification program that counties can apply for. The program is similar to the state's variance process, which has allowed some malls, attractions and other operations — those that prove they have enhanced COVID-19 protocols — to operate under a higher capacity cap and fewer restrictions.

Colorado continues to receive vaccine shipments, most of which go to high-risk health care workers — those who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more.

Colorado plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in three phases over the next nine months.

This article originally appeared on the Across Colorado Patch