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Dispatch from Northern Colorado doctors as COVID-19 cases and emergency room visits climb

North Colorado Medical Center
Stephanie Daniel

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers in Northern Colorado are now as high as they were last December, and continuing to increase. Hospitals are also seeing an increase in non-COVID-related emergency visits from individuals with underlying and mental health conditions. This is leading health officials to sound alarms about overcrowded ICUs.

For an update on conditions in local hospitals, Colorado Edition spoke withDr. Diana Breyer, a critical care physician, pulmonologist and chief quality officer at UCHealth, and Dr. Marsha Hamner, the regional medical director for Northern Colorado Hospitalists with Banner Health.

As the host of KUNC’s new program and podcast In the NoCo, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. Northern Colorado is such a diverse and growing region, brimming with history, culture, music, education, civic engagement, and amazing outdoor recreation. I love finding the stories and voices that reflect what makes NoCo such an extraordinary place to live.
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