State health leaders recommend work from home if possible


DENVER (KDVR) — Health experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expressed concerns and suggested measures to curb the surge of COVID cases and lack of hospital beds during a news conference on Wednesday.

The CDPHE strongly recommends working from home if you can, wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public places, as COVID-19 cases soar in Colorado.

We should all be aware that there is a lot of disease in Colorado right now. And so we do all need to be careful limiting our gathering sizes. For those who have the ability to work from home, this is an opportunity to spend more time working from home to decrease the social contacts right now. This is not going to last forever. We are going to get through this and come out the other side of this pandemic. All we can do right now is work together to protect our healthcare system. That should be the top priority for all Coloradans,” CDPHE COVID-19 Incident Commander Scott Bookman said.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the state’s positivity rate is 9.53% and rates have increased 1 % since last week. The Delta variant is the predominant strain in Colorado.

The number of people hospitalized in Colorado is currently 1,526, which is below the peak reached last December, but cases are increasing, according to the CDPHE.

“These are difficult times. The general public has a desire to move on from the pandemic. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not done with us. And this is something we are all having to do together as we move into the next phase of this. This is the time to get vaccinated, to get your booster, if you’re feeling sick you need to stay home, get better, wait for your results and we should all be wearing masks right now. Regardless of whether there’s a mandate in place or not, this is a way to keep ourselves safe. The same public health options we have taken for the first twenty months we need to continue to do now,” Bookman said.

The CDPHE provided data on vaccine breakthroughs. With a vaccine you are:

  • 3.9 times less likely to become a COVID-19 case
  • 10.0 times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19
  • 13.4 times less likely to die from COVID-19

The news conference was held at 11:40 a.m. and featured Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander and Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.

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