“This is a wake-up call” – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS)– On Thursday, Governor Jared Polis announced that intensive care hospital beds are dwindling in Colorado.
âEarlier this week, we jumped to over 1,000 hospitalizations for COVID,â he said during his weekly COVID19 briefing. “It is a very brutal reminder for all those who thought that the pandemic was over. That they can pass without being vaccinated is a wake-up call.”
Currently, there are just over 100 intensive care beds available in the state. Scott Bookman, director of the disease control division and commander of public health response for COVID-19, said overwhelmed hospitals will affect anyone in need of medical attention.
âThe surgeries are canceled. Brain surgeries and heart surgeries are being delayed due to a lack of capacity to provide care for these patients due to the impact COVID hospitalizations are going to have. “
They say the solution is vaccination, and those who are eligible should be reminded.
Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control for UCHealth, agrees. She says that although the vaccine’s effectiveness varies, being vaccinated dramatically lowers your risk of hospitalization and breakthrough cases are among the populations at risk that may be boosted.
âI want to reassure those vaccinated who are not yet eligible for a booster that they are still considered protected,â said Dr Barron.
She also says those who are most at risk of hospitalization are always the unvaccinated.
âIf you look at who gets really sick and has serious complications from it, 85 to 90% of those people are still not vaccinated,â she says.
Currently, people who received the Pfizer vaccine for their first two doses, are 65 years of age and older, have co-morbidities, or work in environments that put them at risk may be reminded.