1/31/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees. The Governor also amended and extended an Executive Order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amendment reinstates the work search requirement for unemployment insurance benefits. 

1/30/21

Governor Jared Polis visited a number of community health clinics today in the metro area and discussed how the Polis administration is focused on ensuring the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across our state. 

 

At the urging of Governor Polis, the state is making a deliberate effort to meet Coloradans in their communities and has partnered with community organizations to stand up drive-thru vaccination clinics in San Luis, Center, Alamosa, Aurora, Denver, and more to make connections with Coloradans who may not otherwise have a place to receive the vaccine. 

 

This morning, Gov. Polis visited community COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Servicios de la Raza, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dahlia Square, and a mass vaccination clinic at Coors Field in Denver. Gov. Polis also participated in a virtual visit to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Glenwood Springs this afternoon. 

 

“Since the first doses of this crisis-ending vaccine landed in Colorado, we have been focused on distributing them in a way that is equitable, saves the most lives, and ends this public health crisis as soon as possible,” said Governor Polis. “Everyday, Colorado is making progress towards vaccinating as many Coloradans as possible and are partnering with difficult to reach communities to achieve this shared goal. This weekend, UCHealth is set to vaccinate 10,000 Coloradans through an ambitious mass vaccination program at Coors Field. We are grateful for the medical professionals and state and local staff who are going above and beyond to make this possible and encourage anyone to get the vaccine when that time comes.”

 

Governor Polis received his first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Salud Family Medical Center in Commerce City.

 

“As someone who is now focused on telling people to get the vaccine to end the pandemic, it’s important that I put my arm where my mouth is and lead by example,” added Gov. Polis. 

 

Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera received the second dose of the vaccine yesterday and the vaccine was made available to members of the state legislature.

 

Yesterday the State moved to begin vaccinating Coloradans ages 65 and older, as well as Colorado PreK-12 educators. Beginning February 8, providers will be able to vaccinate anyone 65 and over, including continuing to prioritize those that are 70 and over who have not yet received a vaccine. Colorado’s PreK-12 educators will also be eligible to receive the vaccine on February 8. Educators should reach out to their employers to sign up for the vaccine.

 

Yesterday, Governor Polis also announced that the State's estimates that close to March 5, frontline workers and Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more high-risk conditions will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. It’s also projected that Coloradans ages 60 and up will also be able to start receiving the vaccine around March 5. 

 

KCNC was the television pool, the Denver Post was the photography pool and the Colorado Sun was the digital/print pool for the event at Salud. 

1/30/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order preventing late fees for residential and commercial tenants. The Governor also amended the COVID-19 disaster declaration Executive Order, reallocating funds among certain state agencies for COVID-19 response activities and transferring $100 million to the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund to repay a cash advance provided under SB20B-004. This transfer fulfills the State’s obligation pursuant to statute and is made possible by the receipt of federal funds.

 

Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

1/29/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order that temporarily suspends certain state statutory deadlines to allow the continued use of federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act).

1/28/21

Since last Fall, the Polis administration has provided over 230,000 PCR tests to teachers and the education community through its vendor COVIDCheck Colorado As of January 28th, the state has funded more than 70 COVIDCheck Colorado testing locations throughout the state. The Polis administration has also provided over seven million medical-grade masks to teachers in both private and public schools delivered weekly to schools throughout the state, and this is scheduled to continue for the remainder of the school year. The Polis administration has also sent over $15 million in grants to school districts and schools throughout the state for additional measures to increase COVID safety protocols such as outdoor classrooms and ventilation improvements. 

 

Next week, the State of Colorado will launch a first of its kind, innovative At-Home Testing Program for educators. Colorado is one of only three states chosen to partner to expand use of rapid testing to further opening of our economy and suppress the virus. While Colorado is one of three states chosen to expand use of Abbot BinaxNOW, our talented team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) innovated further by forging a partnership with Amazon and eMed, one of the nation’s leading digital health providers, to bring testing to the comfort of educators’ homes with a medical professional present through a telehealth appointment. Colorado purchased 2 million BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test kits, which will be delivered directly to the homes of teachers, staff, and selected students from hundreds of participating public and private schools across the state. 

 

Developed by Abbott, the BinaxNOW test recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with telehealth guidance for self-collection in individuals age 15 and older and for adult collection in children age 4-14 years. CDPHE purchased the first 2 million test kits for schools for use in the first month. Subsequent months will either be purchased through a cost-share agreement between schools and the state or may be reimbursed by the federal government. 

 

“In-person learning is critical for the health, safety, and well-being of students and the whole family. We know that remote learning is really hurting the participation of women in the workplace, juvenile mental health, childhood hunger, and loss of learning for our students,” said Governor Jared Polis. "That’s why since last Fall when students started returning to school, my administration has spared no expense to implement a highly effective layered approach to safety.”

 

The FDA has approved and CDPHE recommends that BinaxNOW tests be administered every five days, which is six times each month when used for ongoing screening. The recurring frequency of testing increases the likelihood of accurately identifying COVID-19. 

 

Schools and school districts received a letter this month with a request for their interest in participating in the program. To date, more than 250 schools and school districts across the state have requested test kits. The first kits launched today and shipments will continue over the coming weeks and months.

 

The state is working to make home BinaxNOW tests available through the end of this school year to all districts and private schools that opt into the program. BinaxNOW testing is one important part of the layered school safety protocols also including mask-wearing, symptom screening, ventilation, cohort isolation, quarantine enforcement, and social distancing. These layered precautions are detailed in the State’s Roadmap to In-Person Learning, developed in partnership with the Back-to-School Working Group, a group of educators, parents, and public health professionals focused on getting the state back to in-person learning as soon as safely possible.  

The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center will continue the distribution of masks for teachers at public, charter, and private schools through the end of the 2020-21 school year. To date, the state has distributed 7 million masks to schools.

1/27/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order pertaining to juvenile justice. The Governor also extended an Executive Order allowing the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Communities of Care program for the COVID-19 response, and an Executive Order that allows veterinarians to provide telehealth services.

1/26/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, who provided an update on the State’s modeling.  

 

“We are working hard to accelerate our vaccine administration. Every week, Colorado is exhausting our federal vaccine supply and getting as many shots into arms as we have. Right now, the main limiting factor that is preventing Colorado from vaccinating more people is a lack of vaccines from the federal government. Today, I joined a call between the National Governors Association and members of the Biden administration, and the Biden administration indicated that supplies would increase 16% next week and remain stable at that level for two additional weeks. Colorado is ready and able to get the vaccine distributed across our beautiful state,” said Governor Polis. “The virus will continue to be with us so we can’t let up and we must continue to do what we know works - take precaution around everyone, continue to practice physical distancing, avoid gatherings, and wear masks in public.”

 

85% of Phase 1A has received one dose of the vaccine and 73% of that group has received both doses. 97% of skilled nursing facilities have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The Polis administration remains focused on vaccinating 70% of Coloradans 70 and older by the end of February. This age group represents more than 3/4 of the deaths in Colorado, and vaccinating them quickly will help save lives.

 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy provided an update on the state’s modeling. 1 in 115 Coloradans is contagious with COVID-19. 

 

“Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower overall in comparison to the rest of the U.S. If we can maintain our current level of transmission control, that is the best way to limit the impact of COVID and prevent hospitalizations and deaths,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist at CDPHE. 

 

Governor Polis discussed UC Health’s successful mass vaccination clinic at Coors Field this past weekend. UCHealth vaccinated 1,000 Coloradans ages 70 and up. Those interested in getting a vaccine at Coors Field through UC Health must sign up in advance, as walk-ups are not allowed. Coloradans do not have to be a member of UCHealth to get the vaccine. For more information, please visit www.uchealth.org/covidvaccine to sign up. 

 

Governor Polis also provided an update on Colorado’s efforts to ensure equitable vaccine distribution. This month alone, the State has put together multiple drive-thru clinics across Colorado that have vaccinated hundreds of Coloradans 70 and older. Colorado has partnered with Valley Wide Health to vaccinate people in Center and San Luis. The State has also worked with Ministerial Alliance and Zion Baptist Church in Denver’s Whitter neighborhood and the Church of God in Christ in Aurora. La Plata County also organized a vaccine drive to reach Coloradans on the Western Slope.  The Governor pointed out that the state will work to connect with more community organizations across our state - like churches, workplaces, schools and more - to set up events just like this ones previously described. 

 

 

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1/25/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Governor signed an Executive Order extending the State’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19. Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order regarding directives for the COVID-19 Dial Framework

1/25/21

Governor Polis renewed his call for more vaccines to be distributed to Colorado as the state and providers continue to exhaust the supply allocated by the federal government. 

 

Colorado has received a total of 376,920 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of January 24. Of that, 147,420 were Pfizer first doses and 229,500 were Moderna first doses. The State has also received 217,520 second doses, of which 88,920 were Pfizer and 128,600 were Moderna.    Colorado expects 42,120 first doses and 16,380 second doses from Pfizer next week. Additionally, the State expects 38,170 first doses and 33,200 second doses from Moderna next week. 

 

Colorado has administered 458,441 of the vaccine as of 9 am this morning. 375,782 first doses and 82,659 second doses.  

 

“Vaccines in Colorado are not sitting in a warehouse or on a shelf and we need more vaccines immediately to protect our most vulnerable residents over the age of 70 and ultimately to end this horrible pandemic,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s well known by now that the Trump administration failed Americans in many aspects of the COVID vaccine rollout and I continue to urge our federal partners and the new Biden administration in Washington to ramp up vaccine distribution right away. Colorado is ready to immediately use three to four times as many vaccines as we are currently getting each week right away. The sooner Colorado gets more vaccines, the quicker we can get them into arms, and the faster we can help our small businesses and economy build back stronger. We’re ready and welcome renewed federal assistance to get the job done.”

 

The Polis administration has been focused on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in a way that is equitable, saves the most lives, and ends the public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 virus as soon as possible. Colorado is dependent on the federal government for the state’s weekly supply of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

For up to date information visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine

1/22/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE, and Rick Palacio, Strategic Consultant to the Governor. 

 

“Colorado is rapidly and successfully ensuring all doses of the lifesaving vaccine are quickly put into arms - not sitting on shelves. That is why we are in the top tier of states when it comes to administering the vaccine and we continue to call for more to be deployed to our state.  Since the state received the very first doses of the vaccine, we have been focused on distributing them in a way that is equitable, saves the most lives, and ends the public health crisis as soon as possible,” said Governor Jared Polis. “ We are making a deliberate effort to meet Coloradans in their communities. No matter where you live, who you are, or what you do - we want to make sure that you can get the vaccine quickly and efficiently when that time comes.”

 

Like the rest of the country, Colorado is dependent on the federal government for our weekly supply of this life saving and crisis ending vaccine.

 

“We want everyone to know the vaccine is free, so income, immigration status, and health insurance should not be barriers. It is important that every adult who can get the vaccine does get vaccinated, so when you get the chance, please take it” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE. 

 

Colorado has partnered with community organizations to stand up drive-through vaccination clinics in San Luis, Center, Alamosa, Aurora, Denver, and more to make connections with Coloradans who may not otherwise have a place to receive the vaccine. Through events like these we have vaccinated hundreds of Coloradans 70 and older, and the State is looking to hold even more events like these moving forward. These types of venues will help ensure that Coloradans who might not have access to a health care provider will still have access to the vaccine. The State has also taken steps to ensure that the inability to present a photo ID plays no part in whether or not someone can get the vaccine. 

 

“We need to end this crisis that has been brought on by this pandemic. We know this virus will be with us for some time, getting the vaccine into arms can end this crisis,” said Rick Palacio, Strategic Consultant to the Governor. 

 

Governor Polis provided an update on how Coloradans who are 70 and older can sign up to receive the vaccine through the State’s major health care providers. Coloradans who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine can still sign up through the State’s health care providers to receive vaccine alerts and sign up for a spot on a provider’s vaccine waitlist. All major providers have also provided toll-free numbers where people can call to make an appointment and find out more information about the vaccine. Coloradans do not have to be a current member of any major health care provider to receive the vaccine. 

 

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1/21/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Governor signed an Executive Order rescinding a series of Executive Orders limiting in-person contact for election activity.  These Executive Orders are no longer needed due to the signing of HB21-1001 into law by Governor Polis.

1/21/21

Today, Governor Polis and Legislative Leadership released a joint statement on a stimulus package to support Colorado’s economic recovery.

 

“When the legislature reconvenes in February, the legislature and JBC, in collaboration with the Governor’s office will work on a stimulus package to build back stronger by creating good-paying jobs and supporting our small businesses. Together we will build a stronger, more resilient Colorado. Over the next month, we look forward to working together with our colleagues to further hone this package of legislation. 

 

Our shared agenda is to support Coloradans as we know COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on so many people -- from losing loved ones, friends, and family to this deadly virus to small businesses struggling and hardworking people struggling to get by. That’s why, building off the Governor’s budget request and the important work we did together during the special session, we are looking forward to partnering on a package of legislation to reignite and help our small businesses and communities thrive.

1/20/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Governor extended an Executive Order requiring hospitals and freestanding emergency departments that have reached capacity or are reasonably anticipated to reach capacity to notify the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and providing CDPHE with authority to direct those facilities to cease admitting new patients and/or transfer patients.

1/19/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis shared an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s mass vaccination program. 

 

“The main limiting factor right now in our fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado is the limited supply of the vaccine. I share the frustration of our 70+ population and others who want to get vaccinated. Colorado has the ability to utilize three to five times of vaccines based on our current infrastructure, and our local public health departments and providers across the state have done yeoman’s work to get shots into arms,” said Gov. Polis. “The reality is we are exhausting our supply each week and it’s frustrating how slow we are receiving vaccination doses but we are hopeful that the amount we recover will Increase over time.”

 

The state of Colorado has been among the top 10 of states in the U.S. in terms of vaccines administered. Gov. Polis reminded Coloradans that the vaccine is free and if an individual is asked to provide financial information it is a scam. Last week, Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order ensuring that the vaccine is free for Coloradans, and insurance status will not be used to deny or deprioritize any patient from getting the vaccine.

 

Governor Polis discussed a letter sent to Colorado’s health care providers and local public health agencies. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that had been designated as second doses should now be used as first doses for Coloradans ages 70 and up during the week of January 18 through 25. Colorado will backfill additional second doses as needed in the upcoming weeks. Health care providers should retain only enough second doses that are required for this week. Read the FAQ 

 

Governor Polis also provided an update on measures Colorado is taking to prepare for Inauguration Day. Colorado is continuing to closely monitor the security situation.  To ensure the State is prepared for potential civil unrest, Governor Polis signed an Executive Order today declaring a disaster emergency and authorizing employment of the Colorado National Guard to assist with potential civil unrest in the State.  

1/16/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Governor extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19, and extended an Executive Order related to marriage licenses.

1/15/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. 

 

In an effort to continue making the free COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible, today Governor Polis signed an Executive Order ensuring that the vaccine is free for Coloradans, and insurance status will not be used to deny or deprioritize any patient from getting the vaccine. The state wants to ensure there are no barriers to accessing the vaccine. The Executive Order directs the Colorado Division of Insurance to enact a rule regarding rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

 

“The vaccine is free and there should be no barriers to receiving it when that time comes,” said Governor Polis. “Vaccines are the path back towards the Colorado we all know and love, and to ensure that can happen as quickly and easily as possible, our State must make sure the vaccine is accessible to all.” 

 

“We should all be proud of Colorado for hitting our target goal of vaccinating the majority of those in Phase 1A, meaning that a majority of our State’s high-risk healthcare workers have received at least their first dose of the vaccine,” said Governor Polis. “This victory means that our front line healthcare workers who have worked day in and day out to care for COVID patients have the protection they need to continue their commendable work until all of Colorado is vaccinated. Our State has also made significant efforts towards vaccinating our seniors ages 70 and older, who are at the greatest risk of dying from COVID and they now become our top focus.”

 

Governor Polis provided an update on how Colorado businesses experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic can receive the support they need. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is continuing to manage the Small Business Relief Program. Through this $35 million program, local governments have been able to distribute grants to small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Small businesses that are interested but haven’t applied should reach out to their local government soon, as most applications are closing at the end of January. Visit cdola.colorado.gov/small-business-relief for more information.

 

“Orderly Health received $130,000 in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and with that, we took five full-time employees and expanded our company by hiring more Coloradans and creating a diverse talent pool,” said Dr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. “Governor Polis, I appreciate the opportunity to share our experience and am thankful for the Paycheck Protection Program.” Orderly Health is a provider of a data management system that helps clients improve the accuracy of their healthcare data. 

 

Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened earlier this week. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development is working with the federal government to make sure our State’s businesses are getting access to these funds. Businesses can visit oedit.colorado.gov/covid19 for more information on how to apply. 

 

 

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1/12/21

Governor Jared Polis today reiterated Colorado’s commitment to vaccinating 70% of the state’s residents who are 70 and older by February 28th, 2021 along with completing the vaccination of our healthcare workers and first responders. 

 

The state is reviewing the announcement from the Trump administration of their updated guidance as well as actively engaging the incoming Biden administration to understand how they will approach prioritization and supply flow. 

 

Colorado will not be making any changes to our vaccine program until we can get concrete details on supply quantities, timelines for receiving that supply and engaging our partners who are on the ground administering the vaccine. While the state is not making any changes today, the Polis administration is actively planning how we can scale up and expand eligibility in anticipation for receiving more supply of vaccines.  

 

“I am very excited with the announcement that states will be receiving more vaccines in the near term. Here in Colorado, we have a broad current eligible population of over 562,000 people over 70 years of age and based on data-driven goals of saving lives and ending the pandemic, protecting this vulnerable population will have the biggest impact. Our broad focus on vaccinating those over 70 has been one of the reasons that Colorado is one of the top states for the vaccine to be successfully administered,” said Governor Polis. 

 

The Governor agrees that risk-based criteria saves lives. The Polis administration hopes to announce by next week updated plans based on information we do not yet have on new supplies the state of Colorado will receive. Governor Polis remains hopeful that the quantity of vaccines in the state will allow for expansion of the age criteria within a few weeks.

1/12/21

Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing mass vaccination process. Governor Polis was also joined by Peter D. Banko, President & CEO Centura Health; Dr. Richard Zane, Chief Innovation Officer, UC Health and Chair of Emergency Medicine, CU School of Medicine; and John Santistevan, President & CEO, Salud Family Health Centers. 

 

“Right now, our top priority is to continue to be a national leader in ensuring vaccines are being rapidly distributed and put into the arms of as many Coloradans as possible,” said Governor Polis. “Partnerships with healthcare providers across the state, including those who joined us today, are one highly effective way Colorado will be able to vaccinate all Coloradans and finally beat this crisis. Every day, we are vaccinating more and more people age 70 and up and making notable progress towards ending the pandemic and returning to a normal way of life. But until the vaccine is widely distributed, we all must make an even greater effort to practice good social distancing including wearing masks and staying six feet away from others. We can end this, but to do that as quickly as possible, we must all stay committed in this fight.”

 

“Thank you, Governor Polis for your leadership during this time. Health systems including Centura Health are ready and capable of scaling our operations to vaccinate all those who need a vaccine. We are thrilled to partner with the State and other health providers to make mass vaccination possible across Colorado, ” said Peter D. Banko, President & CEO Centura Health. 

 

“We are beyond proud to vaccinate Colorado and we are prepared to do so. We are ready to put COVID-19 in our rearview mirror,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the CU School of Medicine.

 

“We are stepping up to vaccinate as many people as possible as we can in the communities we serve. We will continue to be there for the state of Colorado and look forward to helping out in any way we can,” said John Santistevan, President & CEO Salud Family Health Centers. 

 

Colorado is currently expecting around 70,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses every week through January from the federal government. But the number of doses allocated to the state can change depending on what the federal government is able to provide Colorado during a given week. However, even with this uncertainty, one of the state’s top priorities is to vaccinate 70% of Coloradans ages 70 years and older by February 28. 

 

Governor Polis provided an update on a recent mass vaccination clinic held at Zion Baptist Church in the Whittier neighborhood. At Zion Baptist Church, 150 congregates ages 70 and older were vaccinated. Colorado will continue to search for similar venues like Zion Baptist Church so that Coloradans who might not have access to a medical facility can still get the vaccine. 

 

Governor Polis also amended and extended an Executive Order related to licensure requirements. The amendment removes permit and certification expiration date extensions that are no longer necessary. 

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1/11/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order increasing the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The Governor also extended an Executive Order related to criminal justice. 

 

Gov. Polis amended an Executive Order regarding the order of operations for surging hospital capacity for the State as it relates to elective surgery. The amendment changes reporting requirements for hospitals. 

1/8/21

Today, Governor Polis provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, who shared an update to the state’s modeling. 

 

“As we start a new year, and see the vaccine being administered in our communities it can feel like the pandemic is behind us but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We must continue to wear masks, avoid gatherings and physically distance ourselves from others,” said Governor Polis. “We are distributing the vaccine to providers across our state to ensure this crisis ending and life saving vaccine is being administered efficiently and equitably. We’ve come so far during the last 10 months, and it will take all of us working together to come out of the other side of this pandemic stronger than before.”

 

Dr. Herlihy provided an update on the state’s modeling, sharing that there are early signs of an increase after the holidays and that hospitalizations remain high. However, infection rates are down from their peak due to the efforts of Coloradans. An estimated 1 in 105 Coloradans estimated are currently contagious. 

 

Governor Polis urged Coloradans to keep up their good work wearing masks in public, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings. The Governor pointed out that yesterday was the deadliest day of this global pandemic in the United States to date. 3,685 Americans died yesterday due to the virus, and the death toll is more than 364,000 nationally. 

 

Coloradans 70 and older are now part of Phase 1B in the state’s vaccination distribution plan, and in many parts of our state these Coloradans have access to vaccines. This group represents 78% of COVID deaths in Colorado. Coloradans over 70 should visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/vaccine-for-coloradans to find links to contact providers like UC Health, Denver Health, Centura, and for information about how to get the vaccine.

 

The Governor shared that the state will be distributing its share of the vaccine across different kinds of healthcare providers. These allocations will help distribute the vaccine to providers across Colorado to ensure the vaccine is being administered efficiently and equitably. Hospitals will receive 50%, federally qualified health centers will receive 20%, community partners and local public health agencies will receive 20% and retail pharmacies will receive 10% of the vaccine supply.

 

Governor Polis took action today in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by amending an Executive Order related to the COVID-19 disaster declaration to allocate an additional $48 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and local public health agencies for testing, vaccine distribution, and other COVID-19 response activities. 

 

The Governor also signed an Executive Order that redirects underutilized resources to nursing facilities and selected Home and Community-Based Services. This redirection of resources will help providers address the impacts of the pandemic, including severe staff shortages and substantial reductions in the use of these services.

 

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1/8/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Gov. Polis today amended and extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes and rules to expand healthcare workforces for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to COVID-19. The amended Executive Order expands the healthcare workforce in order to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in outpatient settings. 

1/4/21

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Gov. Polis extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers impacted by COVID-19 and Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes and rules to expand healthcare workforces for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to COVID-19. 

 

The Governor also extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to maintain eligibility for Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Basic Health Plan. 

 

The Governor extended an Executive Order expediting unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans affected by COVID-19 and an Executive Order related to learning pods.

 

Gov. Polis also extended an Executive Order allowing for the operation of alternate care sites in response to COVID-19.