A Warning, But No New Statewide Restrictions, From Polis As Colorado Coronavirus Cases And Hospitalizations Rise

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Colorado. The positivity rate, the percent of tests performed that come back positive, averaged over three days, is at 5.4 percent, which could prompt the state to reenact stay-at-home orders.  Gov. Jared Polis warned at a press conference Tuesday that the case counts, which lag behind hospitalizations, could mean that hospitalizations spike in the coming weeks. “This is a major risk for our health and our economy if it continues this way, and whether it continues this way, is in your hands,” Polis said. “It depends on the choices we make.”  He did not announce any new restrictions. When asked about whether warnings rather than restrictions would work to reduce cases he said it’s up to Coloradans.  “I know that our commitment to wearing masks, to reducing our number of people that we see, to keeping our distance, to washing our hands regularly will increase now that folks are aware of this dangerous level of infection in Colorado with the positivity rate above 5 percent and over a thousand new cases a day,” he said. There are a lot of ways to measure trends in COVID-19’s spread through Colorado. As of Tuesday, all …

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