DENVER (CBS4) – With the introduction of the vaccine, hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Colorado are falling dramatically. As of Friday, there were 303 hospitalized patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared with 1,847 on December 1, 2020 and 888 on April 14, 2020.

As of Friday, Denver Health had only two COVID-19 patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit and a total of 12 COVID-19 patients. These numbers are a relief for hospital staff.

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“It’s really as fast as early September, so we’re nearing one of our lows since this pandemic started,” said Dr. Connie Price of Denver Health. “Less mental stress monitoring so much death and disease that we saw at the start of this pandemic, we see less of it now, and that means the world to us.”

There are only 17 COVID-19 patients with confirmed or suspected cases on UCHealth’s Aurora campus, according to hospital officials.

But Price says we’re not out of the woods yet.

Nationwide, 78% of ICU beds are currently in use, compared to the beginning of April when only 61% of ICU beds were in use. That’s still better than November, when 83% of the ICU beds were in use on November 13, 2020.

“I think the difference between now and what we saw in March is the increase, this is clearly a decrease,” Price said.

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Price also stated that we now know more to win the war on COVID-19.

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“While we are still seeing rates in the ward that are happening right now, we are certainly seeing hospitalization rates falling and fewer ICU patients and fewer patients being ventilated,” Price said. “And with advances in treatment, we now know that we didn’t know when this pandemic started.”

However, these advances did not come without tragedy. On Friday lunchtime, Denver Health ICU staff and staff across town took a moment to remain silent to honor the lives lost to COVID-19.

Price, who said this was the toughest year of her career, also took a moment to think.

“Think about everything that has happened this year, both with the discovery of this new infection and advances in treatment and the ability to diagnose. And now, within a year, the introduction of a vaccine is pretty incredible, ”said Price. “So I looked back with a lot of respect to those who went through this and paid my respects to those we lost, but also thought about all the advances we have made and the future, a world without to be afraid of it. “

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Price has a message for those who have helped reduce hospital stays: “Thank you Colorado for bringing us this point,” Price said. “That cost a village, it’s everyone who works so hard to socialize, wear their masks, get their vaccine, move on, and one day we’ll have a Colorado with no COVID-19.”

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