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