DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado set a new high for COVID-19 cases in one day with 1,312, according to Gov. Jared Polis. There are 352 hospitalizations which is the highest since late May, the governor said.
Stating his high level of concern, Polis said social gatherings and groups need to be put on hold or reduced to 5 – 10 people at the most. With the state’s positivity rate above 5%, Polis said that one in every 260 Coloradans is contagious.
“We have to do better,” Polis emphasized. He called out his fellow Coloradans to step up and show responsibility by limiting contact, social distancing and wearing a mask.
Regarding the four current vaccine trials, Polis said an emergency dispersement could be released as early as late November. He pointed out there are still unknown factors with that possibility.
“It’s about efficacy, and it’s about quantity, and about the date of when those will be available,” he said. The state will not receive enough for every infected person at the beginning of distribution, Polis said.
“I truly believe that more of this crisis is behind us than ahead of us,” Polis said. “As a sort of final sprint here, if it’s a marathon, we’re 15 miles in, we’re exhausted but we’ve got nine miles left to go, and you don’t want to give up now.”
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, explained the approach to distribute the vaccine. She said hospital workers, first responders and long-term health care facilities take top priority.
Following the initial distribution, the landscape will open up as a phased approach is planned for the state.