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Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Response, Vaccination Progress & Release of Dial 2.0 

DENVER- Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was also joined by Jill Ryan, the Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment. The Governor and Director Ryan released Colorado’s new COVID-19 Dial 2.0, which goes into effect Saturday, February 6 at 9 am. 

“Next week marks the start of Colorado’s effort to vaccinate all Coloradans aged 65 and older. This is a big step in getting as many vaccines into arms and saving as many lives as possible.  It is still our top priority to ensure that more than 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and up get the vaccine, and we are 64% of the way towards achieving that goal,” said Governor Polis. 

“Dial 2.0 is designed so that counties can swiftly move into more restrictive levels when their numbers go up, and more quickly into recovery when their numbers go down,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE Executive Director. “Input from our partners helped us tailor the new dial to best serve the needs of Coloradans at the local level. Since the dial’s last major change in November, Colorado has begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state. More people now have immunity to COVID-19, including people over 70 and frontline health care workers. This relieves the strain on our hospital system.” 

“The release of Dial 2.0 is a more responsive way to allow individual counties to stay safely open based on their COVID-19 incident rates. But we can’t let our guard down now. We are all in this fight together, Colorado. Let’s stick with good social distancing practices and mask wearing as we work our way towards ending the pandemic by vaccinating more and more Coloradans,” Governor Polis added.

Prior to serving as Executive Director of CDPHE, Hunsaker Ryan served as Eagle County Commissioner and manager of the Eagle County Public Health agency.

The Dial 2.0 is an update that changes the incidence metrics for each level on the Dial. With this update, the range of incidence metrics were increased for all colors. Most counties in Colorado have been in orange and red levels for weeks, with some counties in yellow. With the update, many more counties will now operate in yellow and some in blue. 

As more and more Coloradans receive the vaccine, the state could revisit the dial and CDPHE will seek input for this evolution. 

School settings do not change in Dial 2.0. Capacity limits remain the same, with the exception of restaurants in Level Yellow, which may now have up to 150 people when using the social distancing calculator -- up from 100 people with the calculator. 

Five star businesses are still allowed to operate one level lower on the dial, except they may not operate in Protect Our Neighbors unless the county is formally in Protect Our Neighbors. Because caution is still a priority, counties in Yellow with a 5 Star Business Program may only operate in Blue once 70% of 70-year-olds are vaccinated with at least one dose, expected to happen by the end of the month.

Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order ordering the temporary suspension of certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals, inpatient treatment facilities, and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations in outpatient settings due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colorado. 

View today’s presentation and press conference. 

For more information visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial 


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Monday, February 1, 2021

Governor Polis Delivers COVID-19 Tests Directly to Educators as Colorado Launches Innovative At-Home Testing Program

Polis administration ensuring schools have resources to return to in-person learning

DENVER - Today, Governor Polis hand-delivered COVID-19 rapid test kits directly to the homes of Colorado’s educators in Arvada, Parker, Fountain, and Pueblo.  Colorado launched a first of its kind, innovative At-Home Testing Program for educators. 

Colorado is one of only three states chosen to partner with Abbot BinaxNOW to expand use of rapid COVID-19 testing to further open our schools, our economy and successfully suppress the virus.  The team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have innovated further by forging a partnership with Amazon and eMed, one of the nation’s leading digital health providers, to bring testing to the comfort of educators’ homes with a medical professional present through a telehealth appointment. 

“In-person learning is essential to the well-being and safety of our students, as well as the future of our economy.  This is why my administration has worked to swiftly implement and responsibly fund an effective layered safety approach in order to get our students back in the classroom,” said Governor Polis. “I was thrilled to deliver these important tests to our educators today and to speak with them directly about how we can work together to overcome the unique challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. I delivered 11 of them and thankfully Amazon is delivering tens of thousands more.”  

Colorado purchased 2 million BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test kits, and the state is working to ensure the kits will be delivered directly to the homes of teachers, staff, and selected students from hundreds of participating public and private schools across the state.

“Colorado is one of the first states in the country to receive these test kits and we are pleased to support Governor Polis’ vision,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, eMed CEO. “The ability to test a population, in this case the teachers, staff, and students of Colorado, for COVID-19 is one of the necessary steps, along with masks, social distancing, and vaccines, that will allow us to curb the spread of this virus. The fact that the BinaxNOW test can be self-administered at home with results in as little as 15 minutes, makes this process easier than ever.”

BinaxNOW testing is one important part of the layered school safety protocols critical for ensuring students are able to learn in-person,  including vaccines for educators and school staff, mask-wearing, symptom screening, ventilation, cohort isolation, quarantine enforcement, and social distancing. These precautions are detailed in the State’s Roadmap to In-Person Learning, developed in partnership with the Back-to-School Working Group, a group of educators, parents, and public health professionals focused on getting the state back to in-person learning as soon as safely possible.  

“Amazon is committed to assisting Governor Polis and the State of Colorado in this vital initiative,” said Gopal Pillai, VP of Amazon Fulfillment and Distribution Solutions. “Through Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment, CDPHE will store COVID-19 test kits in Amazon’s Denver fulfillment center and ship them with Amazon’s fast, reliable shipping directly to teachers, staff and selected students across the state, using a web portal. Amazon Web Services worked with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to develop this system which integrates with Amazon’s fulfillment network to manage orders. Orders will be processed through the portal and received by Amazon’s fulfillment team in Denver to pick, pack, and ship tests.”

Since last Fall, the Polis administration has provided over 230,000 PCR tests to teachers and the education community through its vendor COVIDCheck Colorado As of January 28th, the state has funded more than 70 COVIDCheck Colorado testing locations throughout the state. The Polis administration has also provided over seven million medical-grade masks to teachers in both private and public schools delivered weekly to schools throughout the state, and this is scheduled to continue for the remainder of the school year. The Polis administration has also sent over $15 million in grants to school districts and schools throughout the state for additional measures to increase COVID safety protocols such as outdoor classrooms and ventilation improvements.

School faculty, staff, and selected students can use these kits as part of the ongoing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The tests can be used for symptomatic individuals, for those who have been exposed to COVID-19, and for screening asymptomatic individuals.

Developed by Abbott, the BinaxNOW test recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with telehealth guidance, provided by eMed, for self-collection in individuals age 15 and older and for adult collection in children age 4-14 years. 

The Polis administration is working to ensure home BinaxNOW tests are available through the end of this school year to all districts and private schools that opt into the program. CDPHE purchased the first 2 million test kits for schools for use in the first month. Subsequent months will either be purchased through a cost-share agreement between schools and the state or may be reimbursed by the federal government. 

For more information on BinaxNOW test kits, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home



Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

 

DENVER - Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order preventing late fees for residential and commercial tenants. The Governor also amended the COVID-19 disaster declaration Executive Order, reallocating funds among certain state agencies for COVID-19 response activities and transferring $100 million to the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund to repay a cash advance provided under SB20B-004. This transfer fulfills the State’s obligation pursuant to statute and is made possible by the receipt of federal funds.

 

Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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CDPHE requests feedback on proposed “Dial 2.0” update
Feedback due by COB Feb. 5, 2021

REMOTE (Jan. 30, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on draft changes to the state’s current dial framework, a tool that allows Colorado to balance the ongoing need to contain the COVID-19 virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic.

The state has met with several groups including local public health agencies, county commissioners, mayors, and city managers to discuss potential changes to the dial, focused on making the Dial framework more responsive to local conditions, accounting for the benefits to hospital capacity from the vaccination of people over age 70 and frontline healthcare workers, and providing the ability to better balance disease suppression with economic hardship due to increasing vaccinations and decreasing disease rates. 

“Coloradans have made significant sacrifices to reduce disease transmission, so it is time to update the dial to reflect this reality, plus the increasing number of people who are immunized,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE Executive Director. “This updated proposal is based on Colorado's disease and vaccination rates, plus input from local public health agencies and local governments, and we are seeking the public's help to refine it further.”

"The Dial has been a useful tool in helping us to manage our response to the pandemic, but it needs to be updated based on lessons learned over the past five months,” said Dr. John Douglas, Executive Director of Tri County Health Department. “We appreciate the collaboration between CDPHE and local public health agencies in considering these updates together.”

Draft changes include:

  • An increase in the range of incidence metrics for all colors to better balance disease suppression with economic hardship, while preventing a breach in hospital capacity.  
  • Moving to a 7-day metric of incidence rate, percent positivity of testing, and hospitalizations instead of a 14 day metric to more quickly respond to local conditions 
  • Decreasing the metric requirement for testing positivity rates in the yellow and orange levels to continue to promote testing as an important disease containment strategy.
  • Special consideration from CDPHE for counties under 20,000 population to determine the level on the dial, accounting for weekly variability in the percent positivity of tests and disease incidence rates.

Increased vaccine distribution and decreasing disease prevalence are allowing Colorado to continue opening more of the economy while saving lives with an updated “Dial 2.0” to reflect the current state of the pandemic.

Coloradans can review the draft and submit feedback with this form after reviewing all the draft changes. The deadline for providing feedback is Feb. 1, at 5:00 p.m. CDPHE will update the draft based on stakeholder feedback. The final guidelines will be available shortly after the comment period.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.


Polis Administration Leads by Ensuring Schools have the Resources to Return to In-Person Learning 

 Colorado Recommits & Expands Testing for Educators 
Gov. Polis to Launch COVID-19 Testing At Home Program for All Colorado Schools 

DENVER – Since last Fall, the Polis administration has provided over 230,000 PCR tests to teachers and the education community through its vendor COVIDCheck Colorado As of January 28th, the state has funded more than 70 COVIDCheck Colorado testing locations throughout the state. The Polis administration has also provided over seven million medical-grade masks to teachers in both private and public schools delivered weekly to schools throughout the state, and this is scheduled to continue for the remainder of the school year. The Polis administration has also sent over $15 million in grants to school districts and schools throughout the state for additional measures to increase COVID safety protocols such as outdoor classrooms and ventilation improvements. 

Next week, the State of Colorado will launch a first of its kind, innovative At-Home Testing Program for educators. Colorado is one of only three states chosen to partner to expand use of rapid testing to further opening of our economy and suppress the virus. While Colorado is one of three states chosen to expand use of Abbot BinaxNOW, our talented team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) innovated further by forging a partnership with Amazon and eMed, one of the nation’s leading digital health providers, to bring testing to the comfort of educators’ homes with a medical professional present through a telehealth appointment. Colorado purchased 2 million BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test kits, which will be delivered directly to the homes of teachers, staff, and selected students from hundreds of participating public and private schools across the state. 

Developed by Abbott, the BinaxNOW test recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with telehealth guidance for self-collection in individuals age 15 and older and for adult collection in children age 4-14 years. CDPHE purchased the first 2 million test kits for schools for use in the first month. Subsequent months will either be purchased through a cost-share agreement between schools and the state or may be reimbursed by the federal government. 

“In-person learning is critical for the health, safety, and well-being of students and the whole family. We know that remote learning is really hurting the participation of women in the workplace, juvenile mental health, childhood hunger, and loss of learning for our students,” said Governor Jared Polis. "That’s why since last Fall when students started returning to school, my administration has spared no expense to implement a highly effective layered approach to safety.”

The FDA has approved and CDPHE recommends that BinaxNOW tests be administered every five days, which is six times each month when used for ongoing screening. The recurring frequency of testing increases the likelihood of accurately identifying COVID-19. 

Schools and school districts received a letter this month with a request for their interest in participating in the program. To date, more than 250 schools and school districts across the state have requested test kits. The first kits launched today and shipments will continue over the coming weeks and months.

The state is working to make home BinaxNOW tests available through the end of this school year to all districts and private schools that opt into the program. BinaxNOW testing is one important part of the layered school safety protocols also including mask-wearing, symptom screening, ventilation, cohort isolation, quarantine enforcement, and social distancing. These layered precautions are detailed in the State’s Roadmap to In-Person Learning, developed in partnership with the Back-to-School Working Group, a group of educators, parents, and public health professionals focused on getting the state back to in-person learning as soon as safely possible.  

The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center will continue the distribution of masks for teachers at public, charter, and private schools through the end of the 2020-21 school year. To date, the state has distributed 7 million masks to schools.



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State launches COVID-19 vaccine informational campaign

REMOTE, (Jan. 18, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched the “Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Facts” campaign today to convey that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  The campaign reinforces that Coloradans should rely on CDPHE and other reliable sources for information about the vaccines. State officials ask Coloradans to “get the facts” on the COVID-19 vaccines, so they are ready when it is their turn. The launch comes at a pivotal time, as more people are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s distribution process. 

The campaign features some of Colorado’s top medical professionals and health advocates from diverse backgrounds talking about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

“With the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines underway, we know people have questions, and it’s crucial to reach as many Coloradans as possible with fact-based information.  When it’s your turn to be vaccinated, we want you to be ready,” said CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan.

The campaign will build awareness of where to access trusted sources of information on the vaccine, with an additional focus on Colorado’s communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, including those aged 70 and over, and Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Asian Pacific Islander Coloradans. 

A critical part of the campaign will be the involvement of community influencers, including medical professionals and community leaders, throughout the state from diverse backgrounds of many races, nationalities, ages, genders, abilities, and more. In conjunction with more traditional media efforts, influencers will ensure the broad reach of the campaign. 

As more people get vaccinated, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, stressed the importance of continuing to follow public health protocols, wearing your mask, and keeping your distance. 

“We can’t let up now. It’s important to continue to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 until a large portion of Coloradans have been vaccinated,” said Dr. Herlihy. 

Get the COVID-19 Facts campaign will run statewide through March 31. To share messages from the Get the COVID-19 Facts campaign, like and follow CDPHE on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

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El estado lanza una campaña informativa sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19

REMOTO, (18 de enero de 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) lanzó el día de hoy la campaña “Obtén información confiable sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19” para comunicar que las vacunas contra el COVID-19 son seguras y efectivas. La campaña reafirma que los habitantes de Colorado deben contar con el CDPHE y otras fuentes confiables para informarse sobre las vacunas. Oficiales estatales les piden a los habitantes de Colorado que “obtengan la información” sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19, para que estén preparados cuando les llegue su turno. El lanzamiento llega en un momento decisivo a medida que más personas pueden recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19, de acuerdo al proceso de distribución del estado.

La campaña presenta a algunos de los profesionales médicos y defensores de la salud más destacados de Colorado. Estos profesionales provienen de diversos orígenes y hablan sobre la seguridad y efectividad de la vacuna.  

“Con la distribución de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en progreso, sabemos que las personas tienen preguntas y es crucial llegar a tantos habitantes de Colorado como sea posible, con información basada en los hechos. Cuando sea su turno para vacunarse, queremos que esté preparado”, dijo Jill Hunsaker, Directora Ejecutiva del CDPHE.

La campaña creará conciencia sobre dónde acceder a fuentes confiables de información sobre la vacuna, con un enfoque adicional en las comunidades de Colorado que han sido impactadas de manera desproporcionada por esta pandemia, incluyendo a las personas de 70 años de edad y mayores, y a los habitantes de Colorado de origen afroamericano, hispano/latino, indígena americano e isleño del pacifico asiático.

Una parte crítica de la campaña será la participación de personas con influencia en la comunidad, incluyendo a profesionales médicos y líderes comunitarios provenientes de todo el estado y de diversos orígenes, razas, nacionalidades, edades, géneros, habilidades y más.  En conjunto con esfuerzos de los medios más tradicionales, las personas con influencia asegurarán el alcance amplio de la campaña.

La Dr. Rachel Herlihy, epidemióloga del estado, hizo hincapié en que mientras más personas se vacunen, es importante continuar siguiendo los protocolos de salud pública, el uso del tapabocas y mantener su distancia.  

“No podemos relajarnos ahora. Es importante continuar protegiéndose a sí mismo y a su familia del COVID-19 hasta que una gran cantidad de habitantes de Colorado hayan sido vacunados”, dijo la Dr. Herlihy. 

La campaña “Obtén información confiable sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19” será distribuida por todo el estado hasta el 31 de marzo. Para compartir mensajes de la campaña “Obtén información confiable sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19”, siga los sitios del CDPHE en Facebook, Twitter, o Instagram

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Gov. Polis Provides Update on Colorado’s COVID-19 Response & Vaccination Progress

DENVER - Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. 

In an effort to continue making the free COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible, today Governor Polis signed an Executive Order ensuring that the vaccine is free for Coloradans, and insurance status will not be used to deny or deprioritize any patient from getting the vaccine. The state wants to ensure there are no barriers to accessing the vaccine. The Executive Order directs the Colorado Division of Insurance to enact a rule regarding rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

“The vaccine is free and there should be no barriers to receiving it when that time comes,” said Governor Polis. “Vaccines are the path back towards the Colorado we all know and love, and to ensure that can happen as quickly and easily as possible, our State must make sure the vaccine is accessible to all.” 

“We should all be proud of Colorado for hitting our target goal of vaccinating the majority of those in Phase 1A, meaning that a majority of our State’s high-risk healthcare workers have received at least their first dose of the vaccine,” said Governor Polis. “This victory means that our front line healthcare workers who have worked day in and day out to care for COVID patients have the protection they need to continue their commendable work until all of Colorado is vaccinated. Our State has also made significant efforts towards vaccinating our seniors ages 70 and older, who are at the greatest risk of dying from COVID and they now become our top focus.”

Governor Polis provided an update on how Colorado businesses experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic can receive the support they need. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is continuing to manage the Small Business Relief Program. Through this $35 million program, local governments have been able to distribute grants to small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Small businesses that are interested but haven’t applied should reach out to their local government soon, as most applications are closing at the end of January. Visit cdola.colorado.gov/small-business-relief for more information.

“Orderly Health received $130,000 in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and with that, we took five full-time employees and expanded our company by hiring more Coloradans and creating a diverse talent pool,” said Dr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. “Governor Polis, I appreciate the opportunity to share our experience and am thankful for the Paycheck Protection Program.” Orderly Health is a provider of a data management system that helps clients improve the accuracy of their healthcare data. 

Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened earlier this week. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development is working with the federal government to make sure our State’s businesses are getting access to these funds. Businesses can visit oedit.colorado.gov/covid19 for more information on how to apply. 

View today’s presentation and press conference


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                                The state sends guidance for Phase 1 vaccine providers

REMOTE, (Dec. 5, 2020): Today, the state sent a letter to Phase 1 vaccine providers with more guidance on when to administer vaccines according to the updated phases and to increase efficiency in administration. Updates to the vaccine distribution plan include an expansion of phase 1B to include adults 70 and older and certain frontline essential workers.

The state is dividing up vaccine responsibility as described below:

  • Local public health agencies should focus their efforts on prioritizing vaccination for any outstanding highest risk healthcare workers in phase 1A as well as moderate risk healthcare workers and first responders in phase 1B.
  • The staff and residents at long-term care facilities will be vaccinated by the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.
  • All other phase 1 providers, such as hospitals, health systems, pharmacies and safety net clinics, should focus on vaccinating persons 70 years of age and older.

The state will be working with these providers to make sure the public can get a vaccine when it’s their turn.

The letter also included anticipated timing for each phase: 

  • We anticipate finishing the majority of remaining phase 1A healthcare workers around January 15, 2021.
  • The current supply of the Pfrizer and Moderna vaccine received by the state of Colorado from mid January to late February will be allocated to completing vaccinations for moderate risk healthcare workers, first responders and adults 70 and over.
  • Once providers finish vaccinating these groups, we will be ready to vaccinate frontline essential workers, including teachers and childcare, likely beginning end of February.

Providers should focus on vaccinating these critical populations while ensuring no dose goes to waste. If faced with a choice of wasting vaccine doses or vaccinating someone earlier, providers should choose to vaccinate someone earlier.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.
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                                        Red level counties move to Orange level effective today

REMOTE, (Jan. 4 , 2020): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has allowed local public health agencies with counties in the Red level on the state’s dial to move to the Orange level, which went into effect at 12:00 a.m. today.  As always, counties can choose to continue to operate with more restrictive guidance. The state’s decision to move the counties simply provides greater flexibility for local jurisdictions. CDPHE notified counties of the decision last week.

“Our goal is to empower counties to operate with the least restrictions possible, while at the same time ensuring protection of the public’s health and Colorado’s hospital capacity. We are closely monitoring disease transmission while working to provide much-needed economic relief by allowing businesses to operate with fewer restrictions,” Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE, said. 

Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level and enables counties to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs. The dial framework has five levels that guide a county’s response to COVID-19. Capacity restrictions for businesses, restaurants, schools, and other things vary based on a county’s dial level.  A county’s dial level is determined by three metrics, as well as other public health considerations: 

  1. Number of new cases. The case count provides information on how prevalent the virus is circulating in communities.
  2. Percent positivity of COVID tests. The percent positivity is a clear indication if enough testing is being done. 
  3. Impact on hospitalizations. Hospitalization data provides information about health care capacity.

The dial dashboard now reflects these changes as of its last update at 4 p.m. today. We have also added information by city at the bottom of that page. 
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Vaccine data dashboard to launch at 4 p.m. today

REMOTE, (Dec. 18, 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will launch a data dashboard to track vaccination data today. It will be available at 4 p.m. today at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine. The data today will include information about the current phase and how many doses have been administered. It will be updated daily at 4 p.m.

Throughout the pandemic, CDPHE has prioritized data transparency and provides some of the most robust data in the nation and will continue to do the same with vaccine distribution. As providers administer more vaccine doses, CDPHE will be able to add additional data points to this dashboard. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El tablero de datos de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 se lanzará hoy a las 4 p.m.

REMOTO, (18 de dic., 2020): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) lanzará hoy el tablero de datos para el seguimiento de las vacunas. Estará disponible hoy a las 4 p.m. en covid19.colorado.gov/vacuna. La información compartida en el día de hoy incluirá la información de la fase actual y cuántas dosis han sido administradas. Será actualizada todos los días a las 4 p.m.

A lo largo de la pandemia, el CDPHE ha priorizado la transparencia de datos y está aportando una gran cantidad de datos a nivel nacional, y continuará haciendo lo mismo con la distribución de la vacuna. A medida que los proveedores brindan más dosis de la vacuna, el CDPHE podrá agregar datos importantes al tablero. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov

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Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19, Discusses Mental Health Practices for the Holiday Season
DENVER - Today Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed mental health practices during the holiday season. Gov. Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, and Aimee Voth Siebert, the Disaster Behavioral Health Lead at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“There is hope on the horizon as the vaccine is now in Colorado and being distributed to frontline health care heroes, but it is going to be months before the general population can be vaccinated. So let’s keep doing our part to slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks, staying six feet from others, and avoiding gatherings outside of our household,” said Gov. Polis. “Coloradans are facing mental health challenges as we experience a holiday season unlike any other but help and resources are available to anyone struggling. We can and will get through this challenging time together.” 

Sharing the news that the Pfizer vaccine vial, which was only labeled to contain five doses, actually yields a sixth dose when administered with precision, the Governor explained that this extra dose is an incredible, life-saving opportunity to increase our supply of the vaccine in Colorado by 20%, getting even more people vaccinated sooner. The Governor sent a letter to the vaccine providers asking them to use the sixth dose. 

Governor Polis also announced that earlier this week, the Department of Public Health and Environment released the final parameters for the 5 Star Program for restaurants which counties must apply for. Qualifying businesses in counties that have chosen to stand up this program are able to expand operations by implementing safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the county’s level and metrics, certified businesses may be eligible for less restrictive capacity caps, meaning more indoor dining for those who meet the criteria. This is completely voluntary for local governments to participate in. CDPHE began accepting applications from counties today. 

1 out of every 59 Coloradans is infected with COVID-19. Wearing masks, avoiding social gatherings with people outside your homes, and staying at least six feet away from others is helping Colorado change the concerning trends the state has been experiencing over the last couple months. Continuing this behavior over the next few weeks is going to be crucial to preventing disease transmission and loss of life. 

The Governor acknowledged that he recognizes how challenging this has been and that the state knows that throughout this pandemic, Coloradans have experienced increased feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety and these feelings are traditionally exacerbated during the holidays, but particularly this year as we are away from our loved ones. 

According to the Office of eHealth Innovation, there has been a 600% increase in telemedicine use for anxiety, depression, and substance use. For anyone out there experiencing mental health challenges, please know that you are not alone and there are resources available to get you the support you need. 

Mental health care is just as important as any physical health care, and we want to ensure that Coloradans know how to access that care.

If you are experiencing a crisis or need someone to talk to, please reach out to Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255. 

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The Governor also extended and amended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19, and extended an Executive Order related to marriage licenses.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Come to Northeast Colorado

Sterling, Colo. – December 14, 2020: A much-needed, long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine has arrived. A vaccine that has been in the making since the start of the pandemic, really just a little over 9 months. However, scientists have been puzzling out how to safely and effectively accelerate the development of a vaccine in case of a pandemic since 2017.

Currently, two companies are in the final stages of vaccine approval, Moderna and Pfizer. You may have heard of the two companies because of their effective rate of over 90% in clinical trials. Over the weekend, the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An EUA is a tool used by the FDA to facilitate the ability to more quickly use medical countermeasures, like vaccines, during public health emergencies such as a pandemic. This allows the vaccine to move through governmental approval processes more quickly but doesn't mean that it was rushed through development and trials. Because COVID-19 is closely related to other coronaviruses, scientists have utilized knowledge gained through the development of other vaccines that have already been approved and extensively tested in humans to create this newvaccine, therefore taking advantage of the years of research, preclinical trials, and early-phase safety trials that have already been conducted to move quickly into human trials for this vaccine. The take-away is that any vaccines approved for a EUA must be safe for the public.

Now that Pfizer vaccine has received the EUA, shipments have begun moving to the states. Our district has been allotted 315 doses from this initial shipment, and we expect those to arrive sometime this week. This allotment will go to three local locations where providers will begin administering to healthcare workers most at risk from COVID-19 as part of Phase 1A. Supplies of vaccines will increase exponentially over the next weeks and months as manufacturing increases and other vaccines become available. The allocation for the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in three phases: Phase 1: critical workforce, Phase 2: congregate housing & higher-risk individuals, and Phase 3: general public.

"NCHD has been and will continue to work with our healthcare partners to provide vaccines according to the state's phased structure. Anyone who is directly working or exposed to COVID-19 patients such as medical personnel, first responders, and personnel working with long-term care residents will be offered the vaccine first," said Northeast Colorado Health Department Director Trish McClain. "We will then work our way through the phases, and the number of people eligible for vaccination expands as we move through these phases."

These vaccines are safe and effective, each having gone through the three phases of clinical trials prior to FDA approval. Pfizer enrolled about 43,000 volunteers and Moderna recruited a sample size of around 30,000 volunteers. In trial one, scientists work to establish the safety and correct dosage for treatment. In trial two, doctors investigate the efficacy and side effects of the treatment in a patient with COVID-19. Trial three further investigates the efficiency and monitors the adverse side effects. We know the vaccine will be here very soon. Northeast Colorado Health Department, in collaboration with our healthcare partners, have been preparing to administer the vaccine as soon as possible. This process will take a while before everyone who wants vaccine, will be able to receive it. In the meantime, it is still critical for us all to continue to make smart choices, follow the Big 3 and do your part to slow the spread. The vaccine provides hope and presents a light at the end of the tunnel, but for now we all need to continue to protect our families, friends, and neighbors.