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hospitalizations per 100K per 7 days graph says 3 risk table above show 14+

John Dietrich 4 weeks ago in COVID-19 Dashboard updated by Jim Vogl 4 weeks ago 1

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Hi John,

Thanks for your input. Here's the response from the Larimer County Health Department: 

The two hospital admissions metrics you reference come from different sources and are different metrics.


The CDC COVID-19 Community level (currently level High according to the CDC levels) and the associated metrics at the top of the page come directly from the CDC. The CDC receives daily updates from hospitals regarding admissions with COVID-19 via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC then calculates a rate of admissions per 100k residents based on our Larimer County population. However, hospital admissions with COVID to Larimer County facilities include residents of other counties (e.g. Weld) and even other states like southern Wyoming and western Nebraska in some cases.

In contrast the hospital admissions graph below is from Colorado Department of Health and Environment data and only includes residents of Larimer County who are hospitalized with COVID, regardless of what facility or hospital in Colorado those residents receive care at. This data is also delayed in reporting and hence there is typically a 7 to 14 day lag before all of the data for a particular day is complete.
So the first number for the CDC provides some insight into how significant a burden COVID-19 is on our hospital system while the graphed number below provides a better sense of the ongoing burden of COVID-19 on the population of Larimer County residents.

Currently, despite a significant wave of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with COVID-19 remain at relative lows compared to other waves of the pandemic, well below anything we saw during the Delta or Omicron waves. At the same time, transmission remains high right now and those with severe COVID risk factors may become quite ill and should exercise caution to avoid exposure whenever possible.

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Hi John,

Thanks for your input. Here's the response from the Larimer County Health Department: 

The two hospital admissions metrics you reference come from different sources and are different metrics.


The CDC COVID-19 Community level (currently level High according to the CDC levels) and the associated metrics at the top of the page come directly from the CDC. The CDC receives daily updates from hospitals regarding admissions with COVID-19 via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC then calculates a rate of admissions per 100k residents based on our Larimer County population. However, hospital admissions with COVID to Larimer County facilities include residents of other counties (e.g. Weld) and even other states like southern Wyoming and western Nebraska in some cases.

In contrast the hospital admissions graph below is from Colorado Department of Health and Environment data and only includes residents of Larimer County who are hospitalized with COVID, regardless of what facility or hospital in Colorado those residents receive care at. This data is also delayed in reporting and hence there is typically a 7 to 14 day lag before all of the data for a particular day is complete.
So the first number for the CDC provides some insight into how significant a burden COVID-19 is on our hospital system while the graphed number below provides a better sense of the ongoing burden of COVID-19 on the population of Larimer County residents.

Currently, despite a significant wave of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with COVID-19 remain at relative lows compared to other waves of the pandemic, well below anything we saw during the Delta or Omicron waves. At the same time, transmission remains high right now and those with severe COVID risk factors may become quite ill and should exercise caution to avoid exposure whenever possible.