Colorado health officials on Tuesday reported 1,257 people have died with COVID-19 in their systems, and that death-certificate data shows 968 fatalities were due to the virus.
On Friday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revamped the way it reports deaths related to the new coronavirus, listing the total number of fatalities in which the person had contracted the virus as well as the number of deaths that can be attributed directly to COVID-19.
There have been 3,955 people hospitalized since the outbreak first was confirmed in the state in early March, though only 463 people were hospitalized with symptoms of the illness as of Tuesday afternoon, state data shows. At least 43 people since Monday either went home or were transferred to a lower level of care, like a rehabilitation facility.
Additionally, as of Tuesday, there were 358 critical care ventilators being used across the state, down from 463 a month ago, according to state data.
More than 22,400 people have tested positive for or are believed to have COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness causes by the virus, though health officials have said the true number is likely far higher.
Officials recorded 3,164 tests on Monday as the state ramps up its capabilities to better track the virus. The testing rate — 55.6 tests per 100,000 people per day — has improved drastically since the beginning of the pandemic but remains roughly one-third of the 152-per-100,000 daily number that health experts say is necessary to safely monitor the outbreak.
Much of the testing has been focused on senior living facilities and other care homes, though Gov. Jared Polis on Monday announced that anybody in the state showing COVID-19 symptoms can now get tested for free. Officials have confirmed outbreaks at 240 contained facilities across the state, including nursing homes, jails and factories. That’s 12 more than the previous day.
The state health department announces new totals daily of coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases based on what’s reported up from Colorado’s counties; though the deaths and positive test results may be announced on a particular day, they may have occurred any time in the past and are just now being reported to the state.