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Colorado surpasses 4,000 deaths related to COVID-19

December 17, 2020 GMT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Health officials in Colorado have reported the state surpassed 4,000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.

Data from the state Department of Health revealed 4,156 residents have died from COVID-19, with 3,230 deaths directly attributed to the virus, The Gazette reported Wednesday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France said the state’s seven-day average of newly confirmed cases dropped, and hospitalizations “seem to be coming down.” But deaths “continue to remain high,” and are not expected to decline for about a week.

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France also said that despite the recent milestone, the state is expecting fewer COVID-19 deaths in the future. He said the state is now estimating between 5,000 and 6,000 deaths, down from about 7,000 previously expected before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.