ICU beds are filling up at Denver hospitals

9NEWS checked in with a few of Denver’s greatest hospitals to see how they had been doing.

DENVER — Colorado has almost 900 folks within the hospital with COVID-19; 83% of them are unvaccinated. 

Because the COVID instances proceed to lift, Colorado hospitals are seeing a pressure on their sources. 9NEWS checked in with a few of Denver’s greatest hospitals to see how they had been doing.


UCHealth presently had 246 COVID-19 sufferers; 102 of them are within the ICU and 92 of these ICU sufferers are on a ventilator. 

Based on UCHealth officers, 82% of hospitalized sufferers are unvaccinated. 

“We’re undoubtedly persevering with to see a rise sadly in hospitalizations with this COVID surge, and we’re seeing greater numbers than now we have seen in lots of, many, many, months,” mentioned Dr. Jean Kutner, UCHealth’s Chief Medical Officer. “Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen document variety of folks coming into emergency departments and we undoubtedly need folks to come back in for care, however once you put that mixture of individuals searching for look after non-COVID points, in addition to on prime of the COVID, it’s undoubtedly stressing our hospitals.” 

UCHealth is suspending some non-urgent procedures to alleviate a number of the stress of the latest improve in hospitalizations. Official say staffing has been a problem as nicely.

“Sure, I cannot lie; it’s robust proper now on our whole healthcare workforce,” Kutner mentioned. “We do want the assistance of everyone proper now as a result of we do wish to be right here to look after you, look after your loved ones and be right here once you want a hospital mattress and wish our skilled workers.”


HealthONE, the corporate that runs Swedish Medical Heart and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Heart, informed 9NEWS in an announcement its COVID-19 affected person admissions have tripled prior to now 30 days. About one-third of these COVID-19 sufferers are within the ICU, and half of the ICU COVID sufferers are on ventilators.

“We count on this development to proceed for the approaching few weeks as we method the following peak in exercise,” spokeswoman Stephanie Sullivan mentioned in an announcement. 

“The overwhelming majority of COVID-19 sufferers being handled in our hospitals are unvaccinated. We strongly encourage folks in our neighborhood to get the vaccine and comply with the CDC’s suggestions for stopping the unfold of the virus.”

Denver Well being

Denver Well being informed 9NEWS whereas their ICU division is doing OK, they’ve seen a rise in sufferers. 

“I believe that a part of what we’re seeing if for about 18 to twenty months folks weren’t getting their routine care, and so even when they don’t have COVID, they’re nonetheless ending up within the hospital, and that’s with COVID placing an added pressure on,” Crucial Care Dr. Anuj Mehta mentioned. 

“When it comes to our intensive care unit, we’re seeing excessive censuses of a lot greater than they had been pre-pandemic – not as unhealthy as spring 2020 however not too removed from that.”

Mehta mentioned Denver Well being can also be commonly taking in sufferers from different states which can be maxed out of ICU beds. He hopes the surge and pressure provides the unvaccinated perspective. 

“All people is drained; they’re strained, however we’re persevering with to indicate up and do the work that we have to do. And I believe that it turns into tougher with the sheer variety of instances and the underlying incontrovertible fact that this COVID surge is once more preventable,” he mentioned. 


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