THE DELTA VARIANT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IS DRIVING A RISE IN CASE NUMBERS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY... INCLUDING HERE IN COLORADO. THE MAJORITY OF THOSE CASES ARE AMONG UNVACCINATED PEOPLE. THE CDC SAYS THE DELTA VARIANT IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND TRANSMISSIBLE.
WE'RE GETTING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SITUATION WITH DR. ANDREW FRENCH... CENTURA HEALTH'S VICE PRESIDENT FOR QUALITY.. SAFETY.. AND CLINICAL OPERATIONS.
-- About 360 people were hospitalized in Colorado because of coronavirus on Monday, up about 100 over last week.
--More than 95% of new cases in Colorado are believed to be among the delta variant, which was first identified in India.
-- Current State Positivity Rate: 7.15%
-- 578,276 total cases in Colorado since start of pandemic
-- 7,218 total deaths in Colorado due to COVID-19 since start of pandemic