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Colorado Governor Jared Polis took to Facebook to update the state's residents on the current COVID-19 situation in Colorado. There were a number of big takeaways, including that positive cases have spiked in recent weeks and that hospitalizations are on the rise. One piece of good news that was included in Polis' report was related to the mortality rate of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, which has dropped significantly since March.

A chart featured in Polis' presentation showed that the 15.3 percent mortality rate among hospitalized COVID-19 patients that was present in March has dropped to just 4.1 percent in October. Polis mentioned that better care and a higher number of younger patients were two key factors in this decrease.

Chart Credit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Chart Credit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Another slide depicted that the average stay of a COVID-19 hospital patient in Colorado has dropped from six days to five days, where it has consistently held for multiple consecutive months.

Chart Credit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Chart Credit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Polis expressed hope that better care now available in Colorado's hospitals will not only allow more people to survive contracting the coronavirus, but will also help decrease the severity of symptoms displayed during hospitalization.

Polis encouraged continued mask use and social distancing, as well as practicing the restrictions of the 'stay-at-home' order, which can vary from county to county.

Last week, new restrictions impacting 59 of 64 Colorado counties further limited group sizes and inter-household mingling. It's also worth mentioning that the City of Denver is now operating under more stringent 'Safer at Home Level 3' restrictions to be enforced by Wednesday. The possibility of another Denver-specific 'stay at home' order in the future was also mentioned by the City in a tweet.

See the state's official data related to COVID-19 here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside

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