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Hospitalizations continue to climb, exceed experts predictions


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to El Paso County Public Health data, hospitalizations are increasing. While hospitals are doing OK now, there is still a concern for the near future.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports 7% of facilities are anticipating ICU bed shortages within the next week. Statewide, as well as in El Paso County, we've now reached the greatest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations we have had to date.

A graph on public health's website shows El Paso County's hospitalizations this month have surpassed the number of people who sought medical help at local hospitals in July and August. It's now similar to what we saw in April.

A majority of the people getting hospitalized are those 50 to 79 years old, but we are seeing a rise in patients aged 20 to 29.

As we approach the holidays, health experts said if we don't limit the people we gather with, surge capacity could be required in mid-December, unless the transmission is reduced.

Alexis Dominguez

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



  1. The ” experts ” have been wrong on their predictions since Covid started. They have either been high or low.

    1. Well this is reality, whether you like it or not. There were 125,000 new cases reported countrywide today (Friday), the third day in a row when there have been over 100,000 new cases. So the upturn is real, and it’s past time for all people to take notice.

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