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DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis updated the state’s COVID-19 response during a news conference on Friday.

Polis emphasized that the pandemic has claimed over 9,000 lives in Colorado, but that the current healthcare situation is different now.

Latest vaccination numbers

Over 81% of adults are vaccinated now along with 37% of 5-17-year-olds.

Furthermore, the state is far advanced from the early days of the pandemic when personal protective equipment and medical equipment were scarce.

The governor reiterated the vaccine’s safety and efficacy in preventing serious illness or hospitalization.

Masks encouraged indoors

He also declined to issue a mask mandate, as several metro health departments want. Instead, he once again encouraged people to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

“It’s the decent thing to do to show we love one another, to wear a mask around others in crowded indoor areas,” Polis said.

Monoclonal antibody treatment

Also, Polis said he would issue an order within the next 24 hours that would make it easier for people to receive monoclonal antibodies. If administered early, studies have shown they can reduce COVID hospitalizations by up to 70%.

Currently, patients need a doctor’s referral to receive the treatment. But that will end soon.

For more information on who is eligible to receive the antibodies, call 1-800-268-2926 or visit the state’s website.

Watch the full press conference.