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Colorado coronavirus latest numbers, Nov. 21

The number of people currently hospitalized is 1,563, and the state's seven-day, moving average positivity rate is 12.35%.

COLORADO, USA — There are 1,563 patients currently hospitalized in Colorado as of Nov. 21, and the seven-day, moving average positivity rate reduced to 12.35%, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Positivity is an important indicator of the status of COVID-19 in the state. The World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2020 recommended that the positivity rate be at or below 5% to contain the virus.

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Current hospitalization data are also a key metric because they can be an indicator of whether Colorado’s hospital system is being overwhelmed by the virus. In April, hospitalizations peaked at 888 in one day. That number was surpassed Nov. 5, when the number increased to 894 and it has kept climbing. 

Data are released each day at 4 p.m. Numbers will be updated each day at that time.

A breakdown of the data and links to related stories can be found below.

What to know right now:

  • 194,679 cumulative cases, up from 188,566 the day prior.     
  •  12,424 cumulative hospitalizations, up from 12,166 the day prior.    
  •  2,787 deaths among those who tested positive for COVID-19, up from 2,745 the day prior.  
  • 2,355 deaths due to COVID-19, the same as the day prior. 
  • Get the latest from CDPHE here.
  • Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order mandating face masks or coverings for anyone in indoor places in public.

Updates from Nov. 20 can be found here. 

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Coronavirus data breakdown

CDPHE reports 194,679 people have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. That's up from 188,566 the day prior.       

The graphic below shows case growth, which comes from subtracting the total number of cases from the previous day. A moving average helps capture a trend over a period of time. This removes some noise from the day-to-day numbers. The line on the graph is the seven-day moving average of case growth.


Positivity is the number of tests that come back with a COVID-19 result. Above 10% could be an indicator that not enough testing is being done and that only people likely to have COVID are getting tested. The World Health Organization recommended in May 2020 that the positivity rate should be even lower, 5%, to contain the virus.


CDPHE reports:

  • 2,787 deaths among people with COVID-19
  • 2,355 deaths due to COVID-19

The majority of deaths — 53% — are among people over age 80; 23% of deaths occurred in people between ages 70-79, and 12% were in people ages 60-69.

The graph below shows the number of people who have died from COVID-19 based on the date of their death.

On May 15, CDPHE shifted to a death documentation difference that divided into "deaths among cases" and "deaths due to COVID-19." Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist at CDPHE, said on May 18 that deaths in the "among" category are from those that tested positive for COVID-19 either before or after death. This is done by medical workers on the front line. Deaths in the "due to" category lag and stem from death certificates that the Centers for Disease Control codes and then sends to CDPHE. On the CDPHE website, it explains the two categories should not be on the same timeline because of reporting differences.


Of those who tested positive for the disease, a total of 12,424 cumulative hospitalizations have been reported.

As of Nov. 21, 1,563 patients were hospitalized with the disease, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Hospital Association. Within the last 24 hours, 213 patients had been transferred or discharged.

(Note: 94% of facilities reported data as of Nov. 21.)

The graph below shows the number of people currently hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis and the number of people who have been discharged or transferred within 24 hours. This is a key metric because it can be an indicator of whether or not Colorado’s hospital system is being overwhelmed by the virus.


According to CDPHE, 1,589,395 tests have been administered, up from 1,563,738 the day prior, and all 64 counties have reported cases.       

This graph shows the total number of tests processed each day.