DENVER — Hospitalizations in Colorado for COVID-19 have begun to increase for the first time in months, while the state’s rate of positive coronavirus test results has jumped since the first week of June, officials said.
Transmission of COVID-19 is increasing and the rise in new cases is not simply due to more testing, The Denver Post reports.
The rate of positive cases increased from 2.7% the week of June 7 to 3.48% last week, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said.
Health department data indicate that after two consecutive weeks of increases, the state recorded 1,734 new confirmed cases between June 29 and July 5, a slight decrease from the 1,748 cases reported the previous week.
Colorado experienced an increase in the number of new coronavirus infections for the first time since April three weeks ago, when the department reported 1,484 additional cases the week ending June 21.
The rise in confirmed virus cases occurred across the state, with counties in both the metro area and the high country reporting double-digit percentage increases in infections during the second half of June.