‘Let’s step it up’, Gov. Polis calls on Coloradans to get COVID-19 spread in check

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DENVER (KDVR) — Governor Jared Polis said in a news conference on Tuesday that there is an alarming upward trend in cases and emphasized the importance of Colorado residents to do their part in keeping the virus from spreading.

“We are seeing two things. One is significant outbreak among 18 to 25-year-olds, namely college students and the bulk of whom attend the University of Colorado Boulder,” Polis said. “But there are a couple other universities that also have alarming info. There are other universities that have been able to have next to zero or zero spread of the virus.”

Polis said there is a much lower hospitalization rate in that age group, about 1 to 2% but pointed out the significance of a hospitalization from contracting the virus.

“The other thing we’re seeing, and this is even more alarming given the impact of the virus on people that are older than that 18 to 25 range, there’s also been an increase in over 25,” Polis said. “Not necessarily related to the campus outbreaks, just a general increase.”

The governor said the statistics are a warning sign just like back in July. Generally what the state is doing is working but it needs to be better, he said. “We’re not doing quite well enough.”

He emphasized to continue following the CDPHE guidelines and “let’s step it up.”

The general trend has been upward and there are 654 new positive cases in the state on Tuesday, according to Polis. His concern is community spread.

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