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Governor Polis Ends COVID-19 Health Emergency Order
DENVER - Today, Governor Polis ended the Health Emergency Executive Orders for COVID-19 and rescinded all previous Executive Orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a Recovery Executive Order to focusing only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, focusing Colorado’s efforts on building back stronger from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“This has been a challenging year for our state and country. We've experienced pain and loss but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing, and sacrificing moments with loved ones, and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We have been supportive of empowering individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families and been guided by science every step of the way over this rocky ground. And while we have reached a milestone with over 70% of our state receiving the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we must remain vigilant. Today, thanks to the decisions and resilience of Coloradans, our economy is roaring back and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado is building back stronger than before.”
70.32% of adult Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking a milestone in the state’s efforts to end the pandemic. The State is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine. Coloradans must remain vigilant against COVID variants and the state is managing the response to these challenges in partnership with local public health. Colorado has the 10th lowest fatality rate per capita of every state in the nation.
Governor Polis addressed Coloradans directly about this new executive action in a video message.
Today, Governor Polis and Colorado’s team of experts believe Coloradans - thanks to the tireless efforts of countless Coloradans to beat back this virus - are ready to take the next step forward. Governor Polis and the administration are re-focusing the state’s pandemic response to prioritize increasing vaccine uptake and economic recovery efforts. That means getting Coloradans back to work sooner and allowing our state to recover faster. This Executive Order ensures Colorado can continue getting the life-saving and safe vaccine into arms, secures resources to effectively treat COVID patients, and continues access to federal resources as our economy builds back stronger than before. It also means rescinding provisions in prior Executive Orders that are no longer needed.
“The State has made tremendous progress in terms of containing and treating infection and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Over seventy percent of adults have now received at least one dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, and we are beginning to see life return to a new normal. I am therefore rescinding all previous Executive Orders issued due to COVID-19 and amending and restating this Executive Order to focus only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency,” the Executive Order reads.
Today, in an effort to get more Coloradans vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Jared Polis announced the Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing, where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million.
Currently, nearly 2.5 million Coloradans are fully immunized, and we hope that with this exciting new public health initiative, that number will only continue growing.
Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7.
To be eligible to win and claim the prize, a person must:
The purpose of this promotion is to incentivize Colorado residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and the prize money is being paid for with federal funds given to the state of Colorado to increase vaccine uptake. If a Coloradan is selected as a winner, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will reach out to verify eligibility.
Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Pandemic
“We all have a role to play in protecting our children. If your child is age 12 and up, make a plan to protect them today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If not, there are steps you can take to ensure they are not put at risk for contracting the virus. With vaccinations widely available in Colorado, make sure to get yourself protected and continue wearing a mask if you have not. Together we can put this pandemic behind us, but we need Coloradans to roll up their sleeves and get the lifesaving vaccine. It’s not only about your health, but the health of your closest family and friends.”
Adolescents 12-15 years old just became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week, and 11% of that age group has already been vaccinated with one dose. 44% of persons 16 - 29 and 66% of persons 30 and older have also received one dose. Overall, 57% of eligible Coloradans have received one dose.
“Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent spread among young people at school or summer camps. It’s why we are asking parents to get eligible children vaccinated. The data is clear that this vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the virus,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.
In an effort to get even more vaccines into communities across the state, Colorado is working directly with primary care providers to enroll them in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program. Primary care providers everywhere in Colorado can enroll today as a vaccine provider and start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and their families, while discussing the benefits and safety. Interested providers should email email@example.com for more registration, enrollment, and onboarding information.
“I understand that many Coloradans still have questions about the vaccine and whether they should get it, but far and away, the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer. “That’s why we want to ensure we are breaking down information barriers that might prevent folks from getting the vaccine.”
“The COVID-19 vaccine was shown not only to be 100% effective in children 12-15 years of age, but also very safe,” said Dr. Suchitra Rao, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “There were no serious safety concerns, only mild effects such as headache, chills, muscle pain, similar to what was seen in adults. This is really exciting news that we can now provide our tweens and teens a safe and highly effective vaccine that can do a lot of good not just for the individual receiving the vaccine, but helps make life safer for families and our community.”
View today’s press conference here.
State adds variant proportion estimates to COVID-19 data dashboard
REMOTE, (May 18, 2021): Today, the state added a new visualization to its COVID-19 data dashboard to provide additional information regarding variant spread throughout the state. This update displays the proportion of positive test results that are confirmed to be variant strains of SARS-CoV-2 based on whole genome sequencing of a random sample of positive specimens statewide. This provides an estimate of the proportion of variants of concern circulating in Colorado.
The Colorado SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sentinel Surveillance program seeks to detect community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their potential burden of disease. The program includes hospital and commercial labs from across the state. Each lab submits a weekly number of randomly selected PCR-positive SARS-CoV-2 specimens to the CDPHE State Public Health Laboratory for whole genome sequencing. Specimens are collected from patients in outpatient, emergency department, and inpatient settings.
The CDC describes a variant of concern as one that spreads more easily, causes more severe disease, reduces the effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or is harder to detect using current tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides estimates based on whole genome sequencing information for Colorado samples. These data are from two separate data sources, and prevalence estimates may differ. Both data sources reflect similar underlying trends in the prevalence of variants of concern in our communities, indicating that these variants are becoming more common.
The available vaccines provide protection from all the variants presently known in Colorado, helping Coloradans avoid infection or severe sickness. Coloradans are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine. Coloradans who aren’t vaccinated should wear a mask and physically distance to avoid contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus including variant lineages of the virus, and should isolate and get tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
The CDC website has additional information on variants of concern and variants of interest.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
These confirmed variant cases do not represent new cases
REMOTE, (May 11, 2021): Today, the state completed processing large batches of sequencing results, adding a total of 2,360 additional variants of concern and variants under investigation to the data dashboard as part of an update spanning several days.
Variants of concern do not represent a new case of COVID-19 in the state, as sequencing is conducted only on positive tests that have already been accounted for in the state’s case totals. Variant cases now make up more than half of all new cases in the state. If you contract COVID today, it is more likely than not that you were exposed to and have contracted a variant strain.
Getting vaccinated provides the greatest protection against COVID-19 and variants. Colorado county-level data shows a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and low infection rates. We’re starting to see population-level protection from these vaccines resulting in decreased transmission, but we still have a ways to go.
CDPHE is consistently working to update sequencing information and other data in our databases as close to real time as possible. Large-scale population-based sequencing allows us to understand the proportions of variants circulating within our population.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Pandemic
DENVER - Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado.
“It’s easier than ever before to get the life-saving vaccine, Colorado. You can stop by your closest drive-thru or walk-up clinic, pharmacy or at the community center down the road. It’s easy, it’s free, and most importantly, this vaccine is highly effective at protecting your health and the health of the people you love most,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We all have an important role to play in revving up Colorado’s economy and getting back to normal. To make that possible, it’s important that Coloradans take the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get this vaccine. It’s free and convenient.”
Colorado is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants the vaccine can easily get one at no cost. To do that, the state has deployed a variety of tactics to meet Coloradans where they are, including six Community Vaccinations Sites in Adams, Denver, El Paso, Larimer, Mesa, and Pueblo counties. Colorado has also formed the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team to bring the vaccine to disproportionately impacted Coloradans through regional clinics that serve hard-to-reach populations. Through the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team, Colorado has stood up approximately 1,250 first and second-dose clinics, including mobile vaccine clinics in over 30 counties. Multiple mobile vaccine buses running throughout the state have delivered over 5,800 doses. In total, the mobile vaccine busses combined with other equity-based clinics have administered over 350,000 doses to underserved Coloradans.
More than 80 stops along these five mobile vaccination routes are scheduled through the end of May, with plans to continue adding stops based on community needs. To find a mobile vaccine bus near you, visit mobilevax.us/clinics.
Colorado is also working closely with a variety of health providers across the state to make it easy for Coloradans to get the COVID vaccine at their next doctor’s appointment. Coloradans can find the closest vaccine provider near them by visiting cocovidvaccine.org or dialing 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).
Employers, schools, and other organizations can also arrange to have a vaccine clinic set up at a worksite to vaccinate employees, students, and other members through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Employers interested in coordinating a vaccine clinic for free with the state can go to: atworkvaccinations.com to schedule a clinic.
Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, also joined Governor Polis to share an update on Colorado’s plans to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 following the FDA approval.
“Youth are currently accounting for more new cases in the state as many older Coloradans have already taken the opportunity to receive the vaccine. In fact, the highest case rates are among middle school and high school students in the state,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. “Access to the vaccine will help protect younger Coloradans as they go to school and return to a more normal life.”
Colorado expects to start administering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as this week once the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gives the final approval needed to administer the vaccine to this age group. ACIP is scheduled to meet May 12 to make a final decision.
View today’s press conference here.
NCHD will be hosting a large vaccination clinic on Wednesday, April 14th in Sterling -- offering 500 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Pre-registration is required and now open...
The updated dial and public health order go into effect Wednesday.
REMOTE, (March 23, 2021): As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order goes into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies.
CDPHE shared a draft of the new dial on Friday, March 19, and Coloradans, partners, and stakeholders offered feedback over the weekend.
Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial. It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0.
“Coloradans have made great sacrifices to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 over the past year,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the Dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship.”
Dial 3.0 metrics are further simplified and capacity limits are less restrictive. Download a PDF of the updated metrics and capacity limits. The state will work with counties to confirm their metrics under the new framework.
The main changes in the Dial 3.0, which is expected to be in place from March 24 to mid-April, are:
Read the summary of changes.
“Local public health agencies are so grateful to help the state in the development of Dial 3.0, while also planning for the next step. While we are all excited to move into this new era, Coloradoans need to remain diligent in practicing basic public health prevention measures, like wearing a face covering, social distancing, and avoiding large indoor gatherings. These continue to be critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, and these steps will allow our businesses to open at greater capacities and will keep our kids at school, learning in-person,” said Tom Gonzales, executive director, Larimer Public Health.
The dial framework, originally implemented on September 15, 2020, standardizes the levels of openness or restrictions on a county level, based on the metrics of disease transmission, the level of local testing, and hospitalizations. It is a tool that allows Colorado to tailor its response on a county level, recognizing that conditions will vary locally.
The updated dial does not change Colorado’s current statewide mask mandate. Separate from the dial changes, the current mask Executive Order expires April 3, and at that time, the Governor may choose to make modifications. The state released modified mask order components as part of the Dial 3.0 stakeholder engagement process. Feedback received as part of that process will be considered prior to April 3. COVID-19 still presents risks to healthy Coloradans, so everyone should continue to take precautions until the vaccine becomes widely available and used.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
CDPHE expands at-home COVID-19 testing program to restaurant workers
REMOTE (March 16, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced today the expansion of the Binax At-Home rapid testing program to food services employees around the state. This expansion to food services workers builds on the program’s February launch for use by PK-12 grade teachers, school administrators, early childhood educators, and other student-facing staff in Colorado schools. The Binax At-Home program allows eligible individuals to order free testing kits to their homes and test themselves for COVID-19 under the guidance of a telehealth proctor.
“Our main priority continues to be keeping Coloradans safe and healthy. Rapid, At-Home Binax tests are another tool to mitigate the virus while the vaccine rollout continues,” said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander, CDPHE. “Food services employees continue to report to work every day and play a huge role in getting our economy back on track. We are confident that these tests will help keep our restaurants open and our food services workers safe.”
“Restaurants’ top priority has always been keeping guests safe and healthy. We are thrilled that this resource will be available to our industry as an additional means to that end,” said Sonia Riggs, President and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association. “We hope the Binax At-Home program, in combination with vaccine distribution to restaurant workers, can help create a clear path to safely welcoming Colorado’s communities back into restaurants at full capacity.”
“Binax At-Home is a simple and convenient way to get COVID-19 tests into the hands of eligible Coloradans,” said Sarah Hamma, Deputy Director for COVID testing at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Making testing accessible through this program is critical to help prevent widespread exposure to COVID-19 and will help keep all of us safer and healthier.”
Food service employees can enroll in the program by filling out a Google Form which verifies their employer and their email address. Once applicants are approved, they will receive an email from CDPHE detailing how they can order their own free testing kit, delivered directly to their homes via Amazon. From there, individuals will schedule a telehealth appointment for instruction on how to administer the test via the NAVICA App. Test kits contain six tests, which recipients can use to test themselves every five days. Users are eligible to order their next Binax At-Home testing kit 20 days after their previous order.
Testing kits are free-of-charge to the user. CDPHE partners withAmazon and eMed on the Binax At-Home partnership.
For more information visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.
El CDPHE expande el programa de pruebas de detección del COVID-19 domiciliaria para los empleados de restaurantes
REMOTO (16 de marzo, 2021): Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció la expansión del programa Binax At-Home para los empleados dentro de la industria alimentaria en el estado. Esta expansión para los empleados de la industria alimentaria se construye sobre el programa que fue lanzado en febrero para los docentes de escuelas desde preescolar hasta la preparatoria, administradores escolares, educadores de primera infancia y otros empleados en contacto con alumnos dentro de las escuelas de Colorado. El programa Binax At-home permite a las personas elegibles hacer pedidos para recibir kits de detección gratuitos en sus viviendas y realizar una prueba de detección del COVID-19, con las indicaciones de un supervisor mediante telesalud.
“Nuestra principal prioridad es mantener sanos y seguros a los habitantes de Colorado. Las pruebas de detección rápidas At-Home Binax son otra herramienta más para mitigar el virus mientras que se continúa con el despliegue de las vacunas”, dijo Scott Bookman, Comandante de Incidentes del COVID-19 del CDPHE. “Los empleados de la industria alimentaria siguen yendo al trabajo todos los días y tienen un papel importante en la recuperación de nuestra economía. Confiamos en que estas pruebas ayudarán a mantener abiertos los restaurantes y mantener seguros a los empleados”.
“La prioridad principal de los restaurantes siempre ha sido mantener sanos y seguros a los clientes. Estamos contentos de que este recurso esté disponible en nuestra industria como otra herramienta”, dijo Sonia Riggs, presidenta y CEO de la Asociación de Restaurantes de Colorado. “Esperamos que el programa Binax At-Home, junto con la distribución de las vacunas para los empleados de restaurantes pueda crear un camino que invite a las comunidades de Colorado para que vuelvan a los restaurantes y con la capacidad completa”.
“Binax At-Home es una forma simple y conveniente para brindarle pruebas de detección del COVID-19 a los habitantes elegibles de Colorado”, dijo Sarah Hamma, subdirectora de las pruebas de detección del COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado. “El hecho de hacer accesible las pruebas de detección mediante este programa es esencial para prevenir la exposición a gran escala ante el COVID-19 y ayudará a mantener a todos más seguros y saludables”.
Los empleados de la industria alimentaria pueden inscribirse para este programa al completar un Formulario en Google que verifica su empleador y su correo electrónico. Una vez que son aprobados, recibirán un correo electrónico del CDPHE con información acerca de cómo pueden realizar su pedido del kit de detección gratuito, enviado directamente a sus viviendas mediante Amazon. A partir de ahí, las personas programan un turno de telesalud para recibir indicaciones acerca de cómo administrar la prueba vía la aplicación NAVICA. Los kits contienen lo necesario para realizar 6 pruebas, los cuales pueden ser usados por las personas cada cinco días. Los usuarios son elegibles para pedir el próximo kit de prueba Binax At-Home, 20 días después de su pedido anterior.
Los kits de pruebas son gratuitos para las personas que los reciben. El CDPHE trabaja en conjunto con Amazon y eMed para el programa Binax At-Home.
Para más información visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.
Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.
State launches more robust Spanish COVID-19 website
REMOTE, (March 16, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a more robust website for COVID-19 in Spanish, covid19.colorado.gov/espanol. The site will help Spanish readers stay up-to-date on the pandemic response, access important information on accessing vaccinations, get support, and obtain critical guidance to help protect themselves from the virus.
Prior to this website, Spanish content was available in PDF format on each page -- now, it’s available as a navigable website.
The website will mirror covid19.colorado.gov and is also accessible on that homepage navigation, on the right side labeled “Español” with a drop-down menu.
“We are committed to providing easy-to-access information and will continue to enhance our systems to reach all of Colorado’s communities. This website will support the department’s continued work in translating documents into Spanish and have a Spanish language communications specialist actively serving Spanish language media. We’ve also been committed to translating content into Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Somali, and Vietnamese -- and we’ve used a Spanish and ASL interpreter at press conferences throughout. Making sure people understand critical information is our top priority. This website will make it even easier for Spanish-language speakers to navigate information,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE.
The state has several strategies to achieve greater equity in vaccine distribution, acknowledging that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on historically marginalized populations. Some of the strategies include:
El estado lanza un sitio web más completo del COVID-19 en español
REMOTO, (16 de Marzo, 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado ha lanzado un sitio web más completo del COVID-19 en español covid19.colorado.gov/espanol. El sitio web ayudará a que los lectores en español puedan mantenerse al día con lo que está pasando con la respuesta ante la pandemia, para que puedan acceder información sobre el acceso a vacunas, buscar ayuda y obtener directrices esenciales para ayudar a protegerlos del virus.
Antes del sitio web, el contenido en español estaba disponible en formato PDF en cada página-- ahora, está disponible como un sitio web navegable.
El sitio web reflejará covid19.colorado.gov y también se puede acceder en esa página de inicio, sobre el margen derecho con el nombre “Español” con un menú desplegable.
“Estamos comprometidos en proveer acceso fácil a información y continuaremos mejorando nuestros sistemas para alcanzar todas las comunidades en Colorado. Este sitio web apoyará el trabajo continuo del departamento de traducir documentos en español y tener y tener un especialista de comunicaciones en español activamente sirviendo los medios de comunicación en español. También hemos estado comprometidos a la traducción de contenido en árabe, chino, nepalí, vietnamita, y somalí -- y hemos estado usando a un intérprete de español y un intérprete de lenguaje de signos (ASL, por sus siglas en inglés) en las conferencias de prensas. Asegurando que las personas entiendan la información esencial que estamos publicando es nuestra máxima prioridad. Este sitio web hará más fácil la navegación de información para aquellas personas de habla hispana,” dijo Jill Hunsaker Ryan, directora ejecutiva, CDPHE.
El estado tiene varias estrategias para lograr una mayor igualdad de la distribución de vacunas, también reconoce que la pandemia tiene un impacto desproporcionado en las poblaciones históricamente marginadas. Algunas de las estrategias incluyen: