Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes concerning criminal justice. 

The governor amended an executive order related to the temporary suspension of certain statutes to increase the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminate cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The amendments continue statutory suspensions  for cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees and direct and indirect health care services costs, while allowing the other provisions to expire.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Polis celebrates milestone: 80% of Coloradans 70 and older now vaccinated

DENVER – Saturday, Governor Jared Polis announced that 80% of Coloradans 70 years and older have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. Coloradans in this age group have accounted for 78% of deaths and 40% of hospitalizations throughout the pandemic. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the milestone we have reached today with 80% of all Coloradans 70 and older now vaccinated with at least one dose, and one step closer to full protection from this deadly virus,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We know that our older Coloradans have faced much higher risks throughout this pandemic, and now more and more can once again hug their grandkids or enjoy the activities that bring them joy without fear of hospitalization or death. We will continue working to get the lifesaving vaccine to every person who wants one, and I hope to see this number climb even higher.”

As of Friday, April 2, all Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine to find a provider near you. 

Governor Polis celebrates milestone: 80% of Coloradans 70 and older now vaccinated

Governor Polis to extend statewide mask order for 30 Days, adds transition plan for low-incidence counties

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis announced that he will be extending the statewide mask order tomorrow with modifications that account for where Colorado is in the pandemic. 

“Here in Colorado we are making incredible progress with getting vaccines into arms and protecting our most vulnerable, but until everyone can get the vaccine and our COVID cases are reduced, taking precautions to prevent a surge in cases and further spread of the disease is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do and helps keep everything open,” said Governor Jared Polis. “By continuing to wear our masks in public indoor settings around others, we can safely enjoy the activities we love and keep our economy open. Every community has been impacted differently by this pandemic, and we want to ensure this order is reflective of that. We’re almost there, Colorado, but we need to keep this up just a little bit longer.”

“I look forward to the day when immunity reaches a level that we no longer have to wear masks. Right now across our state, 1 in 207 people are currently contagious with COVID-19, and only an estimated 27% of Coloradans are already immune through either vaccination or prior infection. In the meantime, we must continue practicing vigilance by wearing masks especially if you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, practicing social distancing when in public and in the company of people with unknown vaccine status. This modified mask order is a step towards the light at the end of the tunnel, and it acknowledges a transition away from most requirements for those counties in level green with very low transmission, 35 cases or less out of every 100,000, and the great achievement they have made towards ending the pandemic,” he continued.

The updated executive order will continue to require mask-wearing in all counties in schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, and personal services and limited healthcare settings as defined by PHO 20-36. “We fought hard to get Colorado kids back in school successfully, and we’re not going to jeopardize Colorado’s return of in-person learning by changing the mask policy this school year,” Governor Polis added. 

In counties with one week disease incidence rates in excess of 35 per 100,000, which are known in Dial 3.0 as blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple counties, masks must also be worn in all public indoor settings when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present.

The number of counties that are currently in Level Green is 31, representing a population of 238,286 Coloradans. The number of counties in Levels Blue, Yellow, Orange, or Red is 33 representing a population of 5,525,690.

The executive order keeps exemptions that were in the prior executive orders. 

Read the fact sheet and the full executive order

Governor Polis to extend statewide mask order for 30 Days, adds transition plan for low-incidence counties

Governor Polis announces all Coloradans 16+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting April 2

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis announced that starting this Friday, April 2, all Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The governor shared that the State anticipates that everyone who wants it will have access to the vaccine before the end of May. He was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman to discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution. 

“Each vaccine is a step towards getting back to normal. Today is a monumental step forward in Colorado’s efforts to get vaccines to every person who wants one, and I want to thank our frontline heroes — both professional and volunteer — who have stepped up, racing to get shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is one of the greatest feats in human history, and we couldn’t have gotten to where we are now without their tireless efforts. Soon everyone in our state will be able to get the protection they need, but it’s going to take some time. It could be next week, it could be in five weeks. So while availability opens to everyone this Friday, April 2nd, be patient and know that your time will come.”

Currently, 70% of all Coloradans 60 and older have been vaccinated, including 79% of all Coloradans 70 and older, 71% of Coloradans 65-69, and 53% of Colordans 60-64. More than 1.5 million (1,579,599) Coloradans have received their first dose of tha vaccine, and almost 1 million (999,618) have been fully immunized. 

In order to meet its ambitious vaccination goals and get shots into arms as quickly as possible, Colorado has launched five Vaccines for All Community Vaccination Sites. Depending on supply, a maximum of 6,000 doses per day will be administered at each site, six days per week, for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. To date, 35,322 doses have been administered through these sites.

In the last two weeks, Governor Polis joined the launch of the Broadmoor World Arena site in Colorado Springs, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Five locations are open in five counties, and starting April 1 the state will partner with Denver County to launch a site at Ball Arena. Information about the community vaccination sites can be found below:

Colorado also has numerous strategies in place to narrow gaps in vaccine distribution. In addition to standing up Community Vaccination Sites, the State’s Equity Outreach Team is working directly with community-based organizations, providers, local public health agencies, and Tribes to set up vaccine clinics in underserved communities across the state. As of today, 111 clinics have been completed, with 10-12 clinics completed per week on average. More than 75 clinics scheduled through April 6 are expected to administer 30,400+ doses.

Finally, Governor Polis announced that Colorado will be launching mobile vaccine clinics to create even more access for Coloradans in the coming weeks. These buses will travel to small communities and meet Coloradans where they are. More information will be coming as these clinics come online. 

The Governor delivered this good news with the caveat that this is still a time for caution. New cases and hospitalizations are holding steady, but emerging COVID-19 variants are cause for concern. For Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, it typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means you can be infected from exposure to COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination. 

Please view the press conference on the governor’s Facebook page

Governor Polis announces all Coloradans 16+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting April 2

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

Governor Polis extended an executive order related to protections provided to Colorado tenants from late fees due to COVID-19. 

The governor also 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).

Governor Polis amended and extended an executive order pertaining to juvenile justice. The amendment allows two provisions to expire, concerning the use of seclusion and detention for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. The other provisions are extended for an additional 30 days.

The governor also extended an executive order that allows veterinarians to provide telehealth services.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

Governor Polis extended an executive order establishing directives for the COVID-19 Dial framework. The executive order was amended to allow for counties in Level Orange to request site-specific variances, and otherwise extended the requirement for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to continue the dial framework until April 16, 2021.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

Governor Polis extended an executive order related to marriage licenses. Governor Polis also amended and extended an executive order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19. The amendment temporarily suspends a statute related to Title Board proceedings in order to facilitate remote participation.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Polis provides update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans Tuesday. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, CDPHE.

Colorado continues making great strides in vaccinating more Coloradans every day. The state has vaccinated 74% of Coloradans ages 70 and older, which is essential for preventing loss of life as this group represents 78% of COVID deaths in Colorado. The state has also vaccinated 59% of all Coloradans aged 65 to 69, and 90% of Colorado’s PreK-12th grade educators and licensed child care workers, which surpasses the goal of vaccinating 75% of educators and child care workers by early March. 

“I am proud of Colorado’s efforts to get shots into arms as quickly as possible. With every vaccine, more Coloradans become protected and we get closer to the end of this crisis,” said Governor Polis. “We’ve made tremendous progress, Colorado, but until everyone who wants the vaccine can get it, we must all continue to protect ourselves and others from this virus. Mask wearing and social distancing are still critical.”

Governor Polis also reminded Coloradans who have been fully vaccinated that newly released guidance from the CDC only approves certain activities, like being indoors without a mask with other fully vaccinated individuals or visiting with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. The CDC’s guidelines for vaccinated individuals still encourage everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing while in public. when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19. 

Governor Polis also provided an update on a letter he sent along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Food and Drug Administration encouraging the FDA to permit vaccine pooling for the COVID vaccine. If approved, this technique would allow medical professionals to take small amounts of leftover vaccine doses from one vial and combine it with another vial to produce one full vaccine dose. This would prevent waste of vaccine doses and also speed up Colorado’s ability to get more shots into arms, while still ensuring the vaccine is effective and safe. 

Dr. Herlihy provided an update on Colorado’s response to the new South African variant of COVID-19, which was found in Chaffee County. 

“Vaccines continue to play a significant role in protecting against the variant and continue to offer substantial protection, especially against severe disease. As always, everyone should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and get the vaccine when it is their turn,” said Dr. Herlihy. 

View today’s press conference

For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 

Governor Polis provides update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis amended the Executive Order pertaining to the state’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The amendment allocates additional funds from the Disaster Emergency Fund to state agencies for response activities related to COVID-19. 

The Governor extended an Executive Order related to the temporary suspension of certain statutes to increase the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminate cost sharing for the COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes concerning criminal justice. 

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic