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No New Restrictions For Colorado As COVID-19 Cases Rise, But Governor Offers Warnings

Courtesy of Valley View Hospital

Colorado is now seeing its highest coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, but Gov. Jared Polis is not issuing any new restrictions.

Instead, Polis is urging residents to do three things this month, including wearing masks, staying six feet apart and only visiting with members of their own households.

"We need to renew our commitment and resolve. Now," the governor said, "to get through one of the darkest periods in the history of our state."

Polis is also urging people to reconsider their Thanksgiving plans. 

"This is an intervention. Cancel your social plans the next few weeks... let's get through this."

Much of the state, including Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, are at the state's "Level 2" on the "Safer at Home" dial. Almost 900 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon. State health officials say Colorado is also projected to run out of ICU capacity at hospitals in mid December if cases continue to surge. 


The state epidemiologist expects the number of deaths to rise with so many people sick in the hospital with COVID-19.

Ariel was the News Director for Aspen Public Radio from 2020 - 2021.
Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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