Gov. Polis Announces New COVID-19 Community

Vaccination Sites & Launch of At-Home Testing Program 

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where he shared an overview of the state’s plan to administer booster shots, an announcement of the opening of several community vaccination sites, and provided information about a new at-home testing program provided by the state.  Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. 

“I’m proud that Colorado has the sixth-lowest COVID-19 rates in the country, but in order to lower that even further and effectively end this pandemic, our state must always have a comprehensive approach to combating this virus,” said Governor Polis. “ The opening of four community vaccination sites will help us efficiently roll out even more vaccines while making COVID-19 testing available right from the comfort of your home will aid our state in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. The virus is not tired of us, Coloradans, so we must use every tool in the toolbox to defeat this pandemic. But it’s scientifically proven and clear that our most effective tool in this fight is the lifesaving, free and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Trust the science and get your vaccine today.” 

Governor Polis announced the revamp of the state’s COVID-19 testing program which will now offer Rapid-At-Home testing to Coloradans directly in their homes without the need to have a medical professional witness test administration. The state has purchased 2 million Binax rapid tests. Individuals can sign up to have tests delivered straight to their homes at: covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.  

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, provided an update on the state of COVID in Colorado. 

“There is some variability in what we are seeing in ICU capacity across the state. While Colorado’s COVID-19 rates have started to go down, we are still seeing some higher rates in northern parts of the state. Counties that tend to have the highest hospitalization rates tend to be the counties with the lowest vaccination rates. So the overall message is that at the individual level the vaccine will prevent you from being hospitalized and at the county and state level, vaccinations help keep ICU capacity in check,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy. 

       Comparison of County-level Hospitalization Rates and Vaccination Rates

Governor Polis also provided an overview of how Colorado will quickly administer booster shots to those who are currently FDA eligible to receive one. Colorado is ready to administer boosters to those in our nursing homes starting this week and the state has the infrastructure in place to immediately start administering boosters once the FDA clears it for additional age groups. Governor Polis urged the FDA to make the booster available to everyone as soon as possible. 

Last week, Raytheon, an aerospace company employing 3,500 Coloradans, announced that they would be requiring their U.S. workforce to be fully vaccinated. There are many other companies in Colorado who are doing the same to protect their employees including  Arrow Electronics Tyson Foods Northwestern Mutual, Bonanno Concepts, Vail Resorts and, Arapahoe Basin and others. 

To support these employers, their workforce, and all Coloradans who are looking to get their first, second or booster, Governor Polis announced the opening of four community vaccination sites with the capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 doses of the vaccine every day. These sites will only be operating at this capacity until September 30. 

  • Aurora – Aurora Municipal Center
    • Drive-through clinic
    • Hours of operation: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Littleton – Southwest Plaza Mall
    • Drive-through clinic
    • Hours of operation:10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Colorado Springs – Chapel Hills Mall 
    • Walk-in clinic
    • Hours of operation: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park parking lot
    • Lot F 9/20-22, Lot H 9/23-9/30
    • Walk-up clinic
    • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. -9  p.m.

Appointments are not required at any of the locations, but Coloradans can register at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder. Additionally, Coloradans are able to get either their first, second, or third shot at any of the more than 1,600 enrolled vaccine providers in the state ranging from pharmacies to primary care providers. For more information, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

Gov. Polis Announces New COVID-19 Community

Governor Polis statement on FDA Advisory Committee vote on COVID-19 booster shot

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis released a statement following a vote by the Advisory Committee U.S. to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the COVID-19 booster. The Advisory Committee to the FDA voted in favor of providing a booster shot of the safe and effective Pfizer vaccine for people age 65 and up and for high-risk individuals. Committee members also took an advisory vote and unanimously voted to support the administration of a booster for “healthcare workers and others at high risk for occupational exposure.”

“This recommendation helps remove a deadly impediment that stood in the way of Colorado getting highly effective boosters out to nursing homes residents, and are planning to start next week as soon as the FDA decision is finalized. Nearly everyone living in nursing homes got the Pfizer vaccine, because it was available first and we prioritized the elderly and most vulnerable, and now we will rapidly roll out the booster to save lives and help end the pandemic. This recommendation for a booster should cover everyone in Colorado who received a Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago,” said Governor Polis. 

“This recommendation to approve boosters six months after the second dose for people 65 and older, those considered high-risk, and those who work in frontline essential professions like teaching and healthcare that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 is overdue but welcome news. Depending on the exact wording of the finalization of the decision, we expect that the recommendation for the booster will cover essentially everyone who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, as the vaccine was only available to those 65 and up, our frontline essential workers including healthcare workers, and teachers including childcare workers for their first dose during February, and in early March opened up to include first doses for those age 60 and up along with frontline workers. The recommended timing of the booster is about six months after the second dose,” the Governor added. 

“We want to end the pandemic now and our state is ready to administer the booster to our seniors in long-term care and residential facilities starting as soon as next week,” said Governor Polis. “The United States can get more people protected with the first two doses, give effective boosters, and export the safe and effective vaccine to countries abroad – this is not a time to pick just one – our country has enough safe and effective vaccine for all three.”

Governor Polis statement on FDA Advisory Committee vote on COVID-19 booster shot

Colorado Comeback Cash Walmart gift card incentives to end Sept. 14 or while supplies last

The state of Colorado continues to offer gift cards and vouchers while supplies last to anyone who receives a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating state-operated vaccine site. Moderately and severely immunocompromised people who are recommended to receive an additional vaccine dose are also eligible for a gift card or voucher. Through Tuesday, Sept. 14, sites with incentives will offer $100 Walmart gift cards while supplies last.

The state extended the Walmart gift card incentive due to the success of the program, and the last day for the existing gift card program is Sept. 14. We strongly encourage all Coloradans who have been considering a vaccine to take advantage of the Walmart gift card incentive program by Sept. 14. Coloradans can register for a vaccine at one of these clinics in advance and should check back regularly for any potential changes to an existing clinic at cocomebackcash.com. The clinics also accommodate walk-ups.

The list below includes vaccine clinics September 11-17. If the clinic offers an incentive, the type of incentive is noted. 

Please do not call the following locations for information about gift cards. Please call our vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT to help answer any questions.

Saturday, September 11

Walmart Supercenter
Incentive offered: $100 Walmart gift card
1000 Airport Road, Rifle, CO 81650
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Sunday, September 12

Walmart Supercenter parking lot
Incentive offered: $100 Walmart gift card
1000 Airport Road, Rifle, CO 81650
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Monday, September 13

Ridley’s Family Market
Incentive offered: $100 Walmart gift card
210 Crestwood Drive, Gypsum, CO 81637
12-8 p.m.
Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Thursday, September 16

Mountain Valley Mobile Home

Incentive offered: N/A
171 Hwy 133, Carbondale, CO 81623
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Aspen/Basalt Mobile Home Park Incentive offered: N/A
1900 Willits Lane #8A, Basalt, CO 81621
3-8 p.m.
Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson

Friday, September 17

Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus, Ascent Center parking lot Incentive offered: N/A
3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
3-7 p.m.
Vaccine type: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson


Colorado Comeback Cash Walmart gift card incentives to end Sept. 14 or while supplies last

Governor Polis amends and extends disaster declaration in response to Glenwood Canyon mudslides

DENVER- Governor Jared Polis amended and extended a disaster declaration in response to the devastating damage from mudslides earlier this summer. The Executive Order extends the Governor’s disaster declaration from Aug. 3, continues authorization of unarmed use of the National Guard, and extends suspension of certain procurement statutes. The amendment allows the suspension of hours of service regulations for commercial drivers to expire, and adds Moffat County as an affected county due to traffic impacts. 

Governor Polis amends and extends disaster declaration in response to Glenwood Canyon mudslides

Governor Polis, CDOT announce I-70 open ahead of schedule

Colorado Governor’s Office

CDOT working around the clock to clear Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD CANYON – Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Executive Director Shoshana Lew announced that I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions this morning–ahead of the schedule set by Governor Polis earlier this week. CDOT will continue to provide operational updates and media materials as work in Glenwood Canyon continues.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to get Glenwood Canyon on I-70 opened as soon as possible and we have made each minute count. I’m thrilled that we are delivering a few hours ahead of schedule. Every moment counts. I want to thank Shoshana Lew for her leadership on this effort as CDOT has worked day and night to safely clear a path. It has been an all-hands-on-deck effort to get the canyon reopened from the mudslides which covered parts of the highway with fifteen feet of rock and sludge,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We know that the longer-term repairs will take time and that, as we battle new challenges to our infrastructure with climate change, alternative routes for the I-70 corridor become more urgent.  Our administration is focused on the short, medium, and long term response and recovery from this incident.”

This Wednesday, Governor Polis and CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew observed the extensive damage and around-the-clock repair and debris clearing efforts performed by CDOT.

“There’s going to be a lot to see as you’re driving on I-70 and we know that this will be interesting for all those traversing through the canyon,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “But we urge motorists to please keep your eyes on the roadway. We already expect traffic to be slower through the canyon due to the temporary road configuration and reduced speed limits. The last thing we need is distracted driving, or worse, a crash in the canyon which would inevitably force a closure of I-70. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping the road open and maintaining this vital connection for people and communities nearby.” 

Coloradans can find the latest updates and information on alternative routes at  www.codot.gov/travel/glenwoodcanyon

Governor Polis, CDOT announce I-70 open ahead of schedule

Governor Polis, CDOT announce Glenwood Canyon to reopen on Saturday afternoon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS –  Governor Polis and Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew observed the extensive damage and around the clock repair and debris clearing efforts performed by CDOT. Governor Polis and Director Lew announced that Glenwood Canyon would reopen Saturday afternoon. 

“Clearing and ultimately re-opening the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Springs is our top transportation priority. This corridor plays a vital role in our state’s economy and for many Coloradans traveling to get to work, school, and homes along the western slope. CDOT and State Emergency Operations have made tremendous progress in cleaning up and removing tons of mud and debris that have completely blocked off access to this roadway,” said Governor Polis. “As the state recovers from this incident and reopens this corridor Saturday afternoon, we will continue to need strong federal partners in the Biden administration and our federal delegation.”

Governor Jared Polis visited the I-70 corridor in Glenwood Canyon to survey the damage caused by devastating mudslides in the surrounding area as well as view progress made to clean up and reopen the canyon route. 

Governor Polis was joined by Shoshana Lew, Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, and state officials. The Governor thanks the state’s Public Safety team, the federal delegation, including Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet as well as partners at the US Department of Transportation and Federal Highways for their efforts. 

There is extensive work to be accomplished over the next four days that includes completing material removal at westbound Milepost 123.5 and the state commends Xcel for speeding up the extensive work they need to accomplish to hit this timeline. 

Since mudslides closed I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, Governor Polis has taken immediate action to provide additional resources to reopen the canyon and help mitigate future disasters. Governor Polis issued two state disaster declarations that authorized the use of the Colorado National Guard for traffic control, debris management, and unarmed law enforcement support. 

Additionally, Governor Polis requested federal funds to assist with the recovery efforts, which the Federal Highway Administration approved releasing $11.6 million to Colorado one day after the Polis administration made the request. 

CDOT crews have removed thousands of tons of debris from the canyon.

The Governor’s disaster declaration also activates the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and directs State agencies to coordinate their response while also providing additional funds to respond to the damage and repairs needed in areas affected by burn scar, flooding and slides.  Coloradans can find the latest updates and information on alternative routes at  www.codot.gov/travel/glenwoodcanyon.

Governor Polis, CDOT Director Shoshana Lew, and a US Forest Service representative observe the damage on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Governor Polis, CDOT Director Shoshana Lew, and a US Forest Service representative observe the damage on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.
Governor Polis, CDOT announce Glenwood Canyon to reopen on Saturday afternoon

Polis administration seeks $116 million in federal emergency aid to rebuild I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and develop safer alternate routes

Colorado Governor’s Office

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Polis administration is seeking $116 million in aid through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief program to support the response to severe damage to I-70 in Glenwood Canyon caused by multiple mudslides and large debris flows. As part of the request, the state is requesting $11.6 million, or 10% of the total request, be issued in an expedited process. The request was made by Governor Jared Polis and Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and FHWA Acting Administrator Stephanie Pollack, as well as a separate submission to the FHWA Colorado Division office. This follows the issuance of two Executive Orders from Governor Polis last week, as well as a letter from the Colorado congressional delegation on Saturday, August 7, 2021, stressing the urgency of this matter to the state.

“The ongoing closure of I-70 continues to strain people and communities throughout the region and western Colorado, and also has significant implications for interstate travel and commerce. The corridor is vital for everything from long-haul freight to movement of agricultural products across the state to the ecotourism economy. I-70 provides critical connectivity for communities in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties, and serves as the state’s main east-west thoroughfare for people and commerce. While Coloradans understand the magnitude of destruction, the disruption to people’s lives and livelihoods grows as the interstate remains closed. Federal support, including quick release of funds, will greatly assist our efforts to restore functionality to the interstate and allow people to have the connectivity they rely on,” Gov. Polis and Director Lew wrote to Secretary Buttigieg and Acting Administrator Pollack.

The funding request notes that this figure is an estimate made as debris removal efforts and damage assessments are still ongoing. CDOT expects to update these assessments and funding requests in the next 8 to 10 weeks. The request for federal emergency funding also includes funding to study and construct safety improvements to alternate routes to Glenwood Canyon, as previewed in CDOT testimony before the Transportation Legislative Review Committee last week.

“The ongoing vulnerability due to the severe erosion described above will likely require improvements to diversion routes such as Cottonwood Pass to be able to withstand heavier traffic in the future while providing resiliency,” the letter continues.  “Prior estimates concluded that improvements to Cottonwood Pass are upwards of $50 million of which has been carried forward in the estimates below, subject to further assessment which could increase this number.” 

The funding request breaks down several high-level categories:

  • Debris removal costs (includes maintenance staff costs) = $4 million
  • Impacts to existing State Highway alternate routes (as a result of I-70 closure) costs = $10 million
  • Supplemental traffic control services (contractor) costs = $1 million
  • Visible damage estimates caused by event damage or debris removal hauling costs = $20 million
  • Assumed damage repair estimates (non-visible) costs = $20 million
  • Potential geohazard mitigation at several locations = $5 million
  • Construction Management and Construction Engineering costs = $5 million
  • Future Resiliency & Redundancy Study costs = $50 million
  • CDOT administration (non-maintenance staff) costs = $1 million

Here is Gov. Polis and Director Lew’s letter to Secretary Buttigieg and Acting Administrator Pollack and CDOT’s submissions to the FHWA Colorado Division

Polis administration seeks $116 million in federal emergency aid to rebuild I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and develop safer alternate routes

Governor Polis authorizes disaster declaration in response to devastating Glenwood Canyon mudslides

Colorado Governor’s Office

Governor Jared Polis issued a disaster declaration that he announced he would be issuing several days ago in response to the devastating damage from mudslides that have forced the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon to close and impacted other parts of the state. The disaster declaration authorizes the use of the Colorado National Guard for traffic control and debris removal. Additionally, the declaration activates the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and enables state agencies to better coordinate their response while also providing additional funds to respond to the damage and repairs needed in areas affected by burn scar flooding and slides. 

The State Emergency Operations Center has formally initiated with a team in place, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has formed an Incident Command (IC) team to manage roadway operations for the incident — a model that was successfully utilized in major incidents like the 2013 floods. 

“The I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon is critical to Colorado’s economy and necessary for Coloradans to swiftly move around the state. Glenwood Canyon plays a major part in the daily lives of communities across the Western Slope as well as in moving our supply chain across the state, supporting our outdoor recreation industry, and so much more. This disaster declaration will help to deploy more resources to clear the canyon and ensure Colorado prepares for future disasters that may impact this critical juncture on I-70,” said Governor Polis.

“Between June 26, 2021, and July 28, 2021, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) closed I-70 through Glenwood Canyon twelve times due to flash flood warnings. During this same period, at least five flood events caused mudslides and debris flows to cover the roadway, which prolonged I-70 closures while CDOT crews cleared the road. On July 29, 2021, two to four inches of rain fell in an hour in Glenwood Canyon, which led to even more intense debris flows that blocked the roadway, and a major overnight rainfall from July 31, 2021, to August 1, 2021, caused still more mud and debris to block the roadway. I-70 has been closed indefinitely ever since,” the executive order reads. 

“These July and early August storm events have caused considerable damage to at least four discrete structures in the canyon, and CDOT may discover more as debris is removed from the affected areas. The recent interim closures and the current indefinite closure have strained local, State, and federal supply chains and economies,” the Order continues.

The Governor and administration are assessing the damage and preparing to request a federal disaster declaration from President Joe Biden under the Stafford Act and through the Federal Highway Administration, which would provide Colorado federal funding to respond to the mudslides if approved by the Biden-Harris administration. 

Here is the Unified Command organizational chart. Coloradans can find the latest updates and information on alternative routes at www.codot.gov/travel/glenwoodcanyon

Governor Polis authorizes disaster declaration in response to devastating Glenwood Canyon mudslides

CDPHE: Comeback Cash gift card stops throughout the state at mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics, Aug. 7-10

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The state and its partners will continue to host Comeback Cash gift card stops and additional clinics throughout the state into next week. Anyone age 12 and older who receives a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the gift card locations noted below will receive a $100 Walmart gift card while supplies last. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will send text message alerts to unvaccinated Coloradans about the Walmart gift card stops near them reminding them of the opportunity. These texts will come from 45778. Coloradans can register for a vaccine at a gift card stop in advance at cocomebackcash.com. Walk-ups are also accommodated. 

Please do not call the following locations for information about gift cards. Please call our vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT to help answer any questions.

SUNDAY, AUG. 8

WALMART GIFT CARD LOCATION WHILE SUPPLIES LAST – Walmart Supercenter Parking Lot
1000 Airport Rd., Rifle, CO 81650  
Noon-8 p.m.
Vaccines: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson
Schedule here

MONDAY, AUG. 9

WALMART GIFT CARD LOCATION WHILE SUPPLIES LAST – Walmart Supercenter Parking Lot
1000 Airport Rd., Rifle, CO 81650 
Noon – 8 p.m.
Vaccines: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson
Schedule here

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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CDPHE: Lugares para obtener La Tarjeta de Regalo de La Vacuna en las clínicas móviles y eventos de vacunación en todo el estado del 7 al 10 de agosto 

COLORADO, (6 de agosto de 2021): El estado y sus socios ofrecerán clínicas adicionales y lugares donde se puede obtener la tarjeta en todo Colorado hasta la semana próxima. Todas las personas de 12 años de edad y mayores que reciban su primera o segunda dosis de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en los centros que ofrecen la tarjeta de regalo mencionados a continuación, recibirán una tarjeta de regalo de $100 para usar en Walmart, hasta agotar existencias. El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado estará enviando mensajes de texto recordatorios a los habitantes de Colorado no vacunados sobre los lugares para obtener la tarjeta de regalo de Walmart que están cerca de ellos. Los mensajes serán enviados desde el número 45778. Los habitantes de Colorado pueden registrarse para recibir una vacuna en uno de los lugares que ofrecen la tarjeta de regalo con anticipación en cocomebackcash.com. Las citas sin registro previo también son bienvenidas. 

Domingo, 8 de agosto

LUGAR PARA OBTENER LA TARJETA DE REGALO DE WALMART HASTA AGOTAR EXISTENCIAS – Estacionamiento Walmart Supercenter 
1000 Airport Rd., Rifle, CO 81650  
Noon-8 p.m.
Vacunas: Pfizer y Johnson & Johnson
Programar aquí

Lunes, 9 de agosto

LUGAR PARA OBTENER LA TARJETA DE REGALO DE WALMART HASTA AGOTAR EXISTENCIAS – Estacionamiento Walmart Supercenter
1000 Airport Rd., Rifle, CO 81650 
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vacunas: Pfizer y Johnson & Johnson
Programar aquí

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov/vacuna

CDPHE: Comeback Cash gift card stops throughout the state at mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics, Aug. 7-10

Governor Polis ends COVID-19 health emergency order

DENVER – Today, Governor Polis ended the Health Emergency Executive Orders for COVID-19 and rescinded all previous executive orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a recovery executive order to focusing only on those measures related to the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, focusing Colorado’s efforts on building back stronger from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“This has been a challenging year for our state and country. We’ve experienced pain and loss but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing, and sacrificing moments with loved ones, and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We have been supportive of empowering individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families and been guided by science every step of the way over this rocky ground. And while we have reached a milestone with over 70% of our state receiving the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we must remain vigilant. Today, thanks to the decisions and resilience of Coloradans, our economy is roaring back and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado is building back stronger than before.”

More than 70 % of adult Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking a milestone in the state’s efforts to end the pandemic. The State is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine. Coloradans must remain vigilant against COVID variants and the state is managing the response to these challenges in partnership with local public health.   Colorado has the 10th lowest fatality rate per capita of every state in the nation.

Governor Polis addressed Coloradans directly about this new executive action in a video message.

Today, Governor Polis and Colorado’s team of experts believe Coloradans – thanks to the tireless efforts of countless Coloradans to beat back this virus – are ready to take the next step forward. Governor Polis and the administration are re-focusing the state’s pandemic response to prioritize increasing vaccine uptake and economic recovery efforts. That means getting Coloradans back to work sooner and allowing our state to recover faster. This Executive Order ensures Colorado can continue getting the life-saving and safe vaccine into arms, secures resources to effectively treat COVID patients, and continues access to federal resources as our economy builds back stronger than before. It also means rescinding provisions in prior Executive Orders that are no longer needed.

“The State has made tremendous progress in terms of containing and treating infection and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Over seventy percent of adults have now received at least one dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, and we are beginning to see life return to a new normal. I am therefore rescinding all previous Executive Orders issued due to COVID-19 and amending and restating this executive order to focus only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency,” the executive order reads.

Governor Polis ends COVID-19 health emergency order