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Colorado COVID cases, percent positivity, and hospitalizations all trending upward

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- All of the data sources that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) uses to track COVID-19 transmission in our state, are currently trending upward.

Graph from CDPHE illustrates increase in 7-day moving average of COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, CDPHE held a press conference to address the rise in cases, and explain new variants that are popping up around our state.

According to CDPHE data, Colorado's seven-day moving average number of cases is now over 1,500 on average a day.

Graph from CDPHE illustrates statewide increase in COVID-19 case counts.

There is also an uptick in percent positivity, now sitting at 8.68 percent statewide.

Graph from CDPHE illustrates 7-day moving average for COVID-19 testing percent positivity.

Hospitalizations are also increasing. The state health department says COVID-19 hospitalizations are up to 144 this week, compared to 116 last week.

Graph from CDPHE illustrates increase in Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations.

"To put it in perspective, of course, though, we know that the numbers continue to be relatively low compared to what we've seen in previous waves," said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. "But, of course, still have that upward trajectory."

CDPHE says these increases are caused by Omicron subvariants, especially the BA.2.12.1, which is estimated to be 25 percent more transmissible than BA.2.

"CDC nowcast modeling is estimating about 48 percent of what's circulating in the U.S. is BA.2.12.1, and that's about 44 percent in Region 8, which is the region that includes Colorado," said Dr. Herlihy. "Our Colorado-specific data is showing us about 40 percent right now."

There's also been sporadic detection of BA.4 and BA.5 in Colorado, which are two other subvariants of Omicron.

"We believe that these variants, which are circulating mostly at higher levels in South Africa and then also increasing in some European countries right now, are also probably more likely to be more transmissible the BA.2 subvariants that have been circulating," said Dr. Herlihy. "There's also some limited data suggesting that there could be a greater degree of immune escape associated with BA.4 and BA.5."

Dr. Herlihy also says there is limited data suggesting there could be a greater degree of immune escape associated with BA.4 and BA.5. Immune escape refers to the ability of the virus to infect someone who's been previously infected or someone who's vaccinated.

CDPHE says as they monitor these new variants, there is a range of possibilities when it comes to the number of hospitalizations expected before this wave hits its peak around mid-June.

While none of the current predictions have hospitalizations anywhere near the Omicron peak that happened in the winter of 2022, these predictions could indicate a strain on Colorado's medical system in the coming weeks.

CDPHE graph illustrates the range of hospitalization projections for the COVID-19 subvariant BA.2.12.1

Eight free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available to be mailed to all Americans by clicking here.

CDPHE encourages all Coloradans to report at-home test results to their website.

"Testing is not just for people who are feeling symptomatic," said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander. "It is also for people who have been exposed. It is also an important tool before gatherings. As we get into graduation season, it's a good opportunity to do testing before graduation parties. It's certainly a good tool to do testing before you visit with people who are vulnerable."

Watch Thursday's update here.

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Mallory Anderson



  1. Imagine the propagation of fear if The Powers That Be droned on daily about the infection rate, hospitalization rate, and death rate of seasonal influenza. Oh, and where did FLU go for two years? Hmm.

    1. ‘Rolled’ into this virus’s statistics. Even Deaths by Drunk Driving were attributed to it. Some coroners SAW their reports given over, some repeatedly, when pointing FALSE representations that Were NOT as a result of this virus.

  2. Big Pharma yells, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
    Our government reiterates, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
    The people look around and question the logic of our leaders in our medical industries and our government.

    1. No one with any intelligence is yelling anything. But let’s all hope that the consequences of these new variants are not as serious as the earlier Covid viruses, which killed a million Americans. And yet people still refuse to acknowledge that it happened.
      Fortunately, most vulnerable people get the flu vaccines, so that has not been as much of a problem compared to Covid. But it’s totally illogical for people to willingly get vaccinated against Influenza and yet refuse to get vaccinated against Covid.

      1. You are comparing apples to oranges. In laymen’s terms: Vaccines contain attenuated (weakened) or inactivated virus. Covid jabs are mRNA gene therapies that insert genetic material into your cells to give the cell information to manufacture spike protein, which IS the virus toxin. CDC said it would stay local at the site of injection and be expelled from the body in days. Lies. It migrates through the bloodstream and sets up camp in blood vessels, brain, heart, ovaries, spleen, and liver. Scientists have shown the mRNA recombines with DNA in the liver, becoming a permanent part of your genome. Imagine having parts of other animals’ virus (part of the jab spike recipe) inserted into your genes. Spike protein from the jabs is still present after six months. There’s proof it can colonize the GI tract.

      2. As DoRight67 wrote, ” Vaccines contain attenuated (weakened) or inactivated virus.” There were numerous people who Survived the initial onslaught, but instead of using the blood components of the recovered, the manufactures used the mRNA, acquired by What mean, From where? Why the Break with PAST Protocols??

      3. There are plenty of ‘muzzled’ doctors and scientist who would say those 1 “million Americans” WEREN’T “All” SOLELY covid, but Most in conjunction With natural, ongoing conditions, that would have died From those Other, within 6 months to 2 years. Many of those same have said that the use of the cheap therapeutics most likely would have prevented many of those deaths and spared the more terrible sufferings of those patients.

  3. Imagine if there was a mutating virus that had killed a million Americans in 2 years and absolute numbers like this came out and no one told us. Thank you KRDO. Thank you CDHPE.

    1. Imagine if the treatments that could have saved more than 80% of those “million Americans” weren’t suppressed in the name of power, money and politics!

      1. Your “snake oil” treatments all had possible fatal side effects the way people were proposing to take them. That’s why the FDA approves drugs along with certain doses, and doesn’t approve others. They actually do what’s right, unlike those who think they know better but actually don’t.

        1. Your argument is a non-statement of hypothetical word salad. The “forbidden” treatments have profiles that are safer than Tylenol or aspirin. Administered safely to pregnant women for over 30 years. Fauci recommended highly before C19. Fauci made millions off patents of the current shots. It’s a fact. Conflict of interest much? Personally can vouch for over 35 family members and friends who used these treatments. At start of pandemic I downloaded all the studies and recommendations of CDC for SARS Cov1. Amazing the about-face they did on the drugs they recommended as efficacious. Case in point is the ban of NAC early on in the pandemic. Your ignorance and gullibility amuses me.

        2. Some medications are toxic; chemotherapy and radiation, to state just 2 of many. Their use has helped and/or extended many lives, but some people have Freely Chosen to Not use them. WHY was it So Un-Blessed important to REMOVE those Other options and LIE about their Usual uses??

  4. Imagine if there was a mutating virus that killed 0.0030083905516681% of the U.S. Population in 2 years and absolute numbers like this came out and no one told us. Thank you KRDO. Thank you CDPHE. How about we focus on #1 and #2, being Heart Disease and Cancer, both of which have nearly twice the mortality rate of CO-VID, but half the effort to end by Big Pharma and our government. It’s more cost effective not find a cure for #1 and #2, but push a continuously needed vaccine for #3.

    US Population 332,403,650
    1 Million CO-VID deaths.

    1. You obviously don’t understand percentages. 1 million is approximately 0.3% of the population. Thank you AnotherMindlessZealot for your incorrect information once again.

      1. My apologies, I forgot to do the final step, my error. 0.30083905516681%.
        Still half of #1 and #2 Heart Disease and cancer.

      2. You obviously major on the minors when you don’t have a leg to stand on.

  5. That means:
    (1) We have known who the targets are — very elderly and those with multiple risk factors;
    (2) We have known who the targets aren’t — healthy people under 65, especially children;
    (3) We have played “lock down” and dutifully masked, distanced, and sanitized everything around us;
    (4) We have closed universities, schools, factories, businesses, restaurants, hotels, killed the cruise industry, annihilated air travel, and the virus has responded in kind … it mutated;
    (5) We have cobbled together at warp speed emergency “vaccines” and are trying to jab anyone and everyone — but in light of number 2 above, WHY are we even suggesting anyone healthy and under 65 participate;
    (6) As a result of 3 & 4 above, what will we do with the further mutations that will be the virus’ response to the jabs; and
    (7) This would seem to now be endemic, and will be joining the regular fall/winter flu & cold line up’s, which would be borne out by annual tinkering with follow-on jabs.

    This isn’t a pandemic!!! There is only death in a pandemic: no haircuts, no lunches or dinners out in restaurants, no shopping, no travel ….only death. The only things out of control are: “experts,” “leaders,” most media, common sense, misinformation, and fear.
    How do you know it is wide spread? Is everyone being screened for variants? If they were screened were they asymptomatic or symptomatic? What were the symptoms of those with a variant? Did they have the vaccine? Did patients show signs of exaggerated immune response? What is the mortality and recovery rate? Are thy still using the PCR Test? The answer is a resounding YES! Are any of the other tests proved reliable for the supposed “COVID” hysteria?

    Over two and a half years of “flattening the curve” and moving the goal posts. Show me the research data or peer reviews published in a medical journals; otherwise, it is just Media Hype. MSM reporting on medical concerns does not count in my view.

    I will not live my life in fear!

  6. Bottom line is there would be few, if any, hospitalizations if doctors weren’t afraid to prescribe effective treatment in the early phase. The two “forbiddens” work along with proven supplements, as well as HIGH dose corticosteroids and budesonide in the inflammatory phase. Surely there are still doctors out there who haven’t been “captured” by The Powers That Be?!?

  7. I and many other people have not desired to be railroaded into the few selected ‘treatments’ or the faux ‘shots’, and will Never TRUST those who Tried to tell us WHAT ‘they’ say/said was ‘good for us’ by narrowing OUR Free Will CHOICES!!

    1. Good for you!
      Please buckle up. Please don’t drink and drive. No? Perhaps you’re in the mood to comply with the very same “those” who make these recommendations, maybe not.

      1. Still hiding behind the curtain Mr. Wizard of Oz? Yes…I am indeed laughing. And complying to “those” in regards to the fake virus…never! This propaganda about COVID is in no way a correlation to drunk driving of wearing a seat belt. Those rules are standard in life have been for years. COVID is a lie. You live your life in fear…I will live my life living free without restrictions from some “sell out” politician…doctor or scientist. I am definitely a “maybe not”!

      2. sumdaze- seat-belts, drink-driving are not the same as the pseudo- science – shots

          1. How do you engage intelligent discussions, without researching both sides of somethings for yourself? .

          2. I’ve never lived or been to Missouri, but do need to be shown, that I only take the original Bible as Gospel. All others, “provide your research, study results, proofs, and conclusions” as ‘science’ USED To Be Done.

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