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With increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases pushing Larimer County into the high-risk category, Fort Collins and Lovrant intensive care units are full.

On Friday, Larimer County reported 81 new cases of the coronavirus, the second highest number of cases in a day since the pandemic began.

According to data from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, Branner and UCHealth hospitals in Loveland County and Fort Collins have an intensive care unit capacity of 91%. Not all patients occupying ICU beds are COVID-19 patients.

As of Friday, the county dashboard reported 29 COVID-19 patients in the county hospital.

As hospitalized patients move between units and are admitted and discharged, ICU capacity fluctuates every day, but the state warns that the current infection rate will exceed the peak in April by November 10.

Moreover, if the infection rate does not decline, and if the number of contacts increases during the upcoming holidays, the intensive care unit may exceed production capacity in January or earlier.

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Dr. Jonathan Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, said in a press release: “In the coming weeks, the window for improving transmission control is small.” “To limit the increasing infections and avoid future The peak period that may strain healthcare capacity within three months requires a significant increase in transmission control.”

Banner North Colorado spokeswoman Sara Quill said that it is not uncommon for hospitalization rates to reach high levels during the winter flu season, but this usually does not happen until January and February.

Based on the model created during the spring surge, Banner expects that sales will continue to increase in November and remain high in December.

UCHealth’s current system-wide number of COVID-19 patients is only more than half of the peak in April.

Spokesperson Kelly Tracer said that as of Friday, UCHealth Northern Colorado had only treated more than 30 COVID-19 patients at its Weld and Larimer hospitals.

Tracer said: “We encourage everyone to take the increase in COVID-19 cases seriously.” “Follow all health department guidelines, wash hands, wear masks and pay attention to distance from others.” The health system also encourages people to avoid gatherings or more than five people at a time. .

According to Colorado Hospital’s analysis of Colorado Hospital, McKee Medical Center, Poudre Valley Hospital and Rocky Mountain Medical Center together have 43 ICU beds and another 37 intensive care beds, which can be used as ICU beds, such as cardiac care or neuropathy Learn ICU related data.

Both types of health systems have value-added plans that allow them to quickly increase the capacity of the ICU by reopening rooms for use during the spring pandemic and converting single rooms to double rooms.

There are 65 ICU beds in the five regional hospitals of UCHealth and Banner Health in Larimer and Weld counties, and the other 47 can be used as intensive care units. There are 840 hospital beds in total.

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UCHealth’s Longs Peak Hospital and Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs provided another 15 ICU and intensive care beds, as well as 90 beds, which is the system’s closest approach to the capacity of Larimer and Weld counties.

If the national estimates are correct and approximately one-third of all coronavirus hospitalizations will require ICU-level care, then Northern Colorado will still find it needs hundreds of fewer beds.

Northern Colorado has alternative care sites on the ranch in case the hospital is crowded with COVID patients until early October when Governor Jared Polis closed the facility.

It is one of five alternative care sites established across the state, but it has never overflowed.

Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter responsible for business, health care and growth issues in Northern Colorado. Contact her at patferrier@coloradoan.com. Please support her and other journalists in Colorado by purchasing a subscription today.

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