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File variety of COVID-19 exams performed in Colorado on Wednesday – CBS Denver

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DENVER (CBS4) – A record number of COVID-19 tests were conducted in Colorado this week. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 19,761 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, followed by 19,425 tests on Thursday.

(Credit: CDPHE)

This is the first week during the pandemic that Colorado daily tests topped 19,000. The 7-day average test positivity rate decreased from 3.71% on September 26 to 3.36% on September 1. October.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 680 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 71,898 confirmed cases of the virus.

CDPHE conducts drive-up tests in Lowry (Credit: CBS)

The number of people currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 219 on Friday. Another 85 patients have symptoms of the virus but are awaiting test results.

RELATED: Colorado COVID-19 hospital stays hit 200 for the first time since August

Epidemiologists have said that the rate of current hospitalizations is one of the best indicators of the spread of the virus. The recent surge in hospital stays follows a sharp surge in cases that began in mid-September.

Since the pandemic began, 1,968 people have died of COVID-19 in Colorado and 7,653 have been hospitalized. Health officials continue to encourage people to wear masks in public and maintain social distance to reduce the spread of the virus.

CDPHE resources:

General information: covid19.colorado.gov

CDPHE data: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data

Frequently asked questions: covid19.colorado.gov/frequently-asked-questions-faq

State guidance: covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-for-everyone

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