Colorado’s COVID-19 patients fared better in May than at pandemic’s start, hospital data shows

By Meg Wingerter | The Denver Post

Colorado patients who contracted the novel coronavirus in May fared better than those infected in March, and that’s at least partly due to new knowledge their doctors gained about how to care for them, according to a report issued Tuesday by seven health systems.

The death rate for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Colorado dropped from more than 15% in March and April to about 10.5% in May. The health systems didn’t run a statistical analysis to rule out random fluctuations or changes in the patient population, but increasing knowledge likely played a role, said Dr. William Neff, chief medical officer at UCHealth.

“Clearly there was a change in the way we were able to care for the patients,” he said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

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