Governor Polis issues update on COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centennial Emergency Operations Center, the headquarters of Colorado’s COVID-19 response team.
The governor paid tribute to the 9,000 Coloradans who have died from the virus and said he recognizes that despite ranking the state 9th out of 50 states in terms of deaths per capita, this is hardly any consolation for them. friends and family who have lost a loved one.
More than 81% of eligible adults and nearly 37% of 5-17 year olds had received at least one dose of the vaccine by Friday, November 19.
“To find out where to get your recall, visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine to find a provider near you or call 1-877-268-2926. We are still in a pandemic, we refuse to wait for the end of this wave and the Coloradans can do their part to reduce its impact on our communities and our health system by being vaccinated, boosted, tested and wearing a mask in the crowded places, “Governor Polis said.
One in 38 unvaccinated Coloradans is infected with the virus. Eighty-two percent of COVID-related hospitalizations are among the roughly 20% of the state’s unvaccinated population.
Last week Governor Polis signed a Executive Decree declaring Colorado as high risk, making every adult who is six months after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after their Johnson & Johnson, eligible to receive the booster vaccine.
Other COVID-19 related tasks that the Polis administration is tackling include:
- Increase the use of monoclonal antibody therapy by deploying mobile buses and strengthening the supplier network
- Partnership with municipalities in the metropolitan area to make indoor events safer with vaccine requirements or proof of negative test
- Develop hospital capacity across the State and strive to support staff increases to support these beds
- Place Boosters in the arms of each eligible Coloradan. To date, 31% of eligible Coloradans have received boosters
The governor indicated that he was issuing a permanent order authorizing Coloradans who meet the conditions required to refer for treatment whereas previously, to receive treatment with monoclonal antibodies, a doctor’s referral was necessary.
Starting Monday, November 22, any Coloradan who tests positive can call the state at 1-800-268-2926 to determine if he is eligible for monoclonal treatment and can make an appointment if available.
To learn more about monoclonal antibody therapy, if you qualify and where you can get it, visit our website at covid19.colorado.gov/monoclonal.
Colorado Rockies to partner with Polis to host COVID-19 vaccine clinical at Coors Field on Saturday, November 20 for ages 5 and up, meet Dinger and get freebies.