Gov. Jared Polis on Friday introduced he plans to increase Colorado’s statewide masks mandate for an additional 30 days as hospitalizations for the coronavirus proceed to extend.
“That is essentially the most frightened I’ve been since mid-July,” the governor stated throughout a day information convention, concerning the upward trajectory in COVID-19 sufferers.
Polis has prolonged his order, initially issued in mid-July, on a month-by-month foundation. It at the moment is ready to run out Monday.
Polis famous that minority teams — together with Black, Hispanic and American Indian people — have been overrepresented in hospitalizations because the pandemic started, however that the current progress in sufferers has been drive by white Coloradans.
Hospitalizations even have elevated outdoors the Denver space, the governor stated, with greater than 40% of sufferers being seen outdoors the metro area.
There are at the moment 268 individuals hospitalized statewide for the novel coronavirus, based on Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings information.
That quantity continues to be significantly decrease than April’s peak of 888 confirmed COVID-19 sufferers, however marks the very best whole since July 20.
As of Friday, 80% of Colorado’s intensive care unit beds have been in use.
“I’m difficult my fellow Coloradans,” Polis stated. “Scale back the variety of individuals you see on daily basis.”
The worldwide provide chain has stabilized sufficient that state hospitals usually are not determined for PPE, the governor stated — however he famous that each one can change if outbreaks happen elsewhere within the nation or the world.