Gov. Polis message to CU Boulder: ‘Buffs, I know you can do it’

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. (KDVR) — Governor Jared Polis and officials visited Front Range Community College on Friday to provide a live update on the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically address the latest outbreaks in the state.

Polis said that three of the last 14 days there has been a downward trend but the slight uptick is related to outbreaks in some communities. “This is mostly but not entirely driven by the campus outbreaks, and specifically the University of Colorado,” he said. “As a state, the picture still looks reasonably good. Our average positivity over the two week period is 2.8%.”

Two new testing sites have been set up in Boulder, Polis announced. One is located at the Stazio Ballfields where they allow up to 2,000 people to get tested a day. “Yesterday, 475 came so it’s easy to get tested. Show up, go there and you can get tested,” Polis said. “And rather alarmingly the positivity rate is 16%. So that’s the type of positivity rate we see in areas with major outbreaks across the country.”

The positivity rate is 85% among the 18-25 year old age range in Boulder County, according to Polis. He said the concern lies with the community as a whole and to find out if the spread is being contained at the college level.

“About 100,000 community college students, five cases. So we know that that can be done,” Polis said. “And to those who say ‘well that’s not residential’ keep in mind some of the worst outbreaks at CU are also non-residential. There are residential institutions like Fort Lewis that had zero cases in the last two weeks. So they’re doing it too. So Buffs, I know you can do it.”

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