CDPHE said most new cases in Colorado are variant cases of the virus.
DENVER — Three Colorado state health officials provided an update on COVID-19 in the state and take questions from the media during a virtual news conference Friday afternoon.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said during that briefing that a majority of new COVID-19 cases in Colorado are variants of concern.
The following people spoke and completed a demonstration of the state’s COVID-19 data and vaccine dashboard:
- Scott Bookman, COVID-19 incident commander, CDPHE
- Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, CDPHE
- Rachel Severson, MS, immunization section data analyst, CDPHE
Colorado has lifted nearly all of its COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks, including the statewide mask mandate to fall in line with Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that allows people who are vaccinated to forego masks in most situations.
> Watch the video above for answers to questions about masks in Colorado.
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There is still COVID-19 activity in the state, with more than 500 hospitalizations as of this writing and a seven-day average of 800 new cases per day.
Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) said earlier this week many of those new cases are being driven by young people. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for everyone over the age of 12, and there is a renewed push to get shots in the arms of younger Coloradans.
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