Sunday, September 27, 2009

Local Centura Health Hospital Says Up to 200 People May Die From H1N1 "Swine Flu" in Colorado Springs

I don't live in Colorado Springs, but 200 people potentially dying from the swine flu there will be significant, if not numerically significant (only 0.0323% of the total population). There are approximately 620,000 people in the metropolitan area, including Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base (formerly Falcon AFB), NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station and United States Air Force Academy. There has already been a previous H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak at NORAD and the Air Force Academy.

But now you can start thinking about as many as 200 people in Colorado Springs dying from the H1N1 virus, according to Centura Health, Colorado's largest hospital and health care system, which runs Penrose-St. Francis Health Services locally.

Centura's worst-case fatality estimate was part of a meeting of Penrose-St. Francis medical staff Sept. 10, where an infection control expert from St. Paul, Minn., spoke to a couple hundred physicians and staff.

Source: Colorado Springs Independent

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