Black and Hispanic Coloradans are disproportionately hospitalized for COVID-19, information reveals


Black and Hispanic Coloradans had been extra more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than their white counterparts, a development that hasn’t improved a lot since March, in line with new information launched Thursday by the state well being division.
About 10% of individuals hospitalized for the brand new coronavirus had been Black — roughly twice their 4.6% share of Colorado’s inhabitants, in line with the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere.
There have been encouraging indicators that the development was altering, with the variety of Black hospital sufferers roughly equal to their share of the inhabitants in late July, however that progress might have been momentary: about 15% of coronavirus sufferers had been Black throughout the week ending Aug. 16.
Hispanic residents additionally had been extra more likely to be hospitalized. About 38% of sufferers had been Hispanic, whereas 22% of all Colorado residents are. When the virus was first present in Colorado in March, the variety of sufferers who had been Hispanic was roughly in keeping with the proportion of residents who’re, however that modified because the epidemic progressed.
At one level in Could, state well being officers stated, greater than half of Colorado’s hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers had been Hispanic.
And in additional disproportionate illustration, white individuals accounted for 41% of the state’s hospitalized coronavirus sufferers — though they characterize practically 68% of the inhabitants.
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“This hospitalization information is one other instance of how historic inequities negatively impression well being outcomes,” Jill Hunsaker Ryan, government director of the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere, stated in a information launch. “That truth is very obvious throughout emergencies just like the pandemic. CDPHE, the state of Colorado, and our native companions are devoted to eradicating these longstanding inequities.”
The preliminary information launched Thursday is a part of a broader information-gathering effort the state well being division started in Could, and it corroborates earlier indications that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting individuals of coloration in Colorado as elsewhere.
Somewhat greater than half of Colorado hospitals submitted information about coronavirus circumstances since March 1 to the state well being division. These hospitals handled about 91% of COVID-19 sufferers who wanted that stage of care.
The info additionally reveals older individuals had been hit tougher.
About half of hospitalized coronavirus sufferers in Colorado had been older than 60. The one largest age group amongst hospitalizations had been individuals between 50 and 69, a bunch that accounted for practically 40% of the state’s hospitalizations. And 31% of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers had been underneath 50. Solely about 3% of sufferers had been youthful than 20.
Different information factors launched by well being officers concerning individuals who had been hospitalized for COVID-related signs in Colorado:

94% of sufferers examined constructive for COVID-19
33% of sufferers hung out in an intensive-care unit
17% of coronavirus sufferers in ICUs died
8% of sufferers who didn’t want ICU remedy died
20% of hospitalized coronavirus sufferers required a ventilator
COVID-19 sufferers who survived spent a median of 9 days in a hospital

An interactive dashboard with the complete information set might be revealed on the state well being division’s web site at Four p.m. Friday.
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