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Doctor warns hospitals in Colorado Springs could exceed capacity

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A doctor at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs is sounding the alarm about rising cases and hospitalizations.

Dr. Michael Roshon weathered the last peak in April, but he says hospitalizations are once again on the rise.

"We have definitely seen the highest rate of hospitalizations for COVID-19 that we have throughout the whole pandemic," he said.

It's not just a trend Penrose Hospital is seeing. As of Tuesday morning, UCHealth is now caring for more than 75 patients with COVID-19, compared to the 57 patients at its peak in April.

Penrose Hospital wasn't able to provide numbers on how many beds they have available or how many are being used, but they did say they've gotten creative.

"We've made a lot of adjustments to care for COVID patients and to be able to handle these surges. We have special areas in the hospital that we've set up that only care for COVID patients. We have extra ventilators we can use if we need to," Dr. Roshon said.

At the rate we're going, Dr. Roshon said the supplies could run out.

"If we don't get this under control now, then we will be underwater and it's not just Penrose St. Francis, not just Colorado Springs, it's all of Colorado," he said.

If you don't understand what hospital capacity means and why it's so important, Dr. Roshon explains it in simpler terms.

"It means the rooms to take care of people, the rooms, the drugs, the ventilators. Any one of those dominos begin to fall and you lose capacity," he said.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Dr. Roshon said they're able to get people in and out of ICU beds a bit quicker compared to February, when they first began seeing cases.

"We've learned so much about how to care for the virus. We know more of what to do. We know what the trajectory is going to be. We have more weapons against the virus than we did back in the early days," he said.

Hospital beds aren't just getting taken up by COVID patients. Patients with elective surgeries and other health problems are now using resources up too.

"Colorado Springs under normal winter is tight on beds anyway, as the flu comes through, as people get sick with regular things and have heart problems, cancer. We are always tight in the winter," Dr. Roshon said.

He said while there isn't a vaccine just yet, there is something people can do that has proven effective, including wearing a mask and limiting the number of people you come into contact with.

Alexis Dominguez

Alexis is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Alexis here.

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  1. Dr. Mike Roshon has been very highly respected by other emergency physicians in Colorado Springs for many years. If people won’t listen to his warnings, we’re really in trouble here.

    1. We’ve been in trouble since the botched response to this virus by the federal government, most notably the president and his campaign of propaganda. It’s a shame. Fact resistant humans are the result.

      1. There have been plenty OF Mandates set by State governments and people aren’t following them. Ex blm protests and ballot harvesting events. It’s sooooo easy to blame one single person, but at the same time you are discrediting others who have worked so hard.

    2. So what’s wrong with natural selection taking its course? You people are all ok with abortion so why not natural selection?

  2. The Governor and Mayors are making us susceptible to COVID19 by recommending medically unsound advisories.

    Non medical masks are a joke as is 6ft distancing recommendations. In incompetent deceptive politician fashion they are trying to blame we the people for the rise in cases.

    A total shut down of all but essential jobs/business is required and asking people to stay home to minimize the COVID19 spread.

    The problem is it will totally bust the economy unless they pay everyone’s bills, including those of negatively affected business’s. A let them eat cake approach after forcing a shut down will create epic poverty and deaths.

    So they need to get real, pay up or accept the rise in cases that was expected during the cold months just like for the flu.
    ……
    Just stop the charade.

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