UPDATES: Roaring Fork Valley Coronavirus: August 31-September 6, 2020
COVID-19 Case Numbers Remain Low, But Fall And Winter Bring Uncertainty
Friday, September 4 - New cases of COVID-19 in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are among the lowest they have been since the beginning of the pandemic, according to local health officials. Online COVID-19 status trackers for both Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital said they are at "comfortable" levels of virus activity.
During the Pitkin County Board of Health Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, officials said that while rates of the virus are low, the fall and winter could bring increased risk for higher case numbers. In-person schooling and increased bus ridership could contribute to more widespread transmission, and officials said that the seasonal flu might also complicate things, as case numbers typically rise in late fall.
Governor Polis Responds To Colorado Supreme Court On Mask Wearing
Monday, August 31 - On Friday, Governor Jared Polis released the following statement after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear a case regarding the statewide mask order:
“Mask wearing is a proven way to slow the spread of this deadly virus, will help keep businesses open, save lives, and keep our economy growing. I’m glad the Supreme Court stands with the people of Colorado in our fight against the deadly virus, in which mask-wearing is one of our most effective weapons.”