Hospitals in Larimer County have been at or above capacity for over four weeks, according to Tom Gonzales, the Larimer County public health director.
“I am very concerned about our standard care for any medical emergency in Larimer County,” he said.
According to Gonzales, hospitals are having to turn away patients because there isn’t enough room in the county. They are transporting patients to other facilities along the I-25 corridor.
On July 14, Larimer County said there were 10 patients with COVID-19 in county hospitals. On Saturday, 86 patients were hospitalized. Since September 1, 26 patients have died from the virus. The county said the majority of the people who passed away were unvaccinated.
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As of Oct. 9, Larimer County ICU utilization is at 105% of the level of customary care. 40 percent of patients in the ICU have COVID-19.
With the potential increase of COVID-19, RSV, and the flu, Larmier County is asking the community to help stop the spread by doing the following:
Get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot
Get the flu shot
Wear a mask indoor
Postpone large indoor gatherings
Stay home if you’re sick
If exposed to COVID-19, wear a mask and get tested
Do not attend school or work if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19
“Even if we have a mild influenza season with 100 hospitalizations, on top of COVID-19, our hospitals are going to be overwhelmed,” Gonzales said.
Larimer County is anticipating at least a mild influenza season. Last year, Gonzales said they only had three hospitalizations for the flu.