Colorado reports 140 total deaths as hospitalizations rise to 924

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colorado rose to 4,950 Sunday, with 140 deaths and 924 people hospitalized.

Officials believe the actual number of COVID-19 cases in the state are four to 10 times higher than the cases confirmed by testing. About 25,773 people have been tested in the state since early March.

Health care professionals are bracing for a surge in cases that could strain medical resources and hospitals throughout Colorado even as state officials work to secure additional ventilators and personal protective equipment to care for incoming COVID-19 patients.

The global pandemic of the highly contagious respiratory disease brought normal life to a halt in Colorado after it hit the state in March.

Colorado residents are under a stay-at-home order that prohibits nonessential travel and business operations. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis asked everyone in the state to wear a mask when out in public, and asked residents to make their own cloth masks rather than trying to buy medical-grade masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers.

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