Daily Camera (Boulder)

Gov­er­nor to ex­tend or­der re­quir­ing mask wear­ing.

- By Sam Tabach­nik Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Jared Polis · Colorado · Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

Gov. Jared Po­lis on Fri­day an­nounced he plans to ex­tend Colorado’s statewide mask man­date for an­other 30 days as hos­pi­tal­iza­tions for the coro­n­avirus con­tinue to in­crease.

“This is the most wor­ried I’ve been since mid-july,” the gov­er­nor said dur­ing an af­ter­noon news con­fer­ence, re­gard­ing the up­ward tra­jec­tory in COVID-19 pa­tients.

Po­lis has ex­tended his or­der, orig­i­nally is­sued in mid-july, on a month-by-month ba­sis. It cur­rently is set to ex­pire Mon­day.

Po­lis noted that mi­nor­ity groups — in­clud­ing Black, Latino and Amer­i­can In­dian in­di­vid­u­als — have been over­rep­re­sented in hos­pi­tal­iza­tions since the pan­demic be­gan, but that the re­cent growth in pa­tients has been drive by white Coloradans.

Hos­pi­tal­iza­tions also have in­creased out­side the Den­ver area, the gov­er­nor said, with more than 40% of pa­tients be­ing seen out­side the metro re­gion.

There are cur­rently 268 peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized statewide for the novel coro­n­avirus, ac­cord­ing to Colorado Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and En­vi­ron­ment data.

That num­ber is still con­sid­er­ably lower than April’s peak of 888 con­firmed COVID-19 pa­tients, but it marks the high­est to­tal since July 20.

As of Fri­day, 80% of Colorado’s in­ten­sive care unit beds were in use.

“I’m chal­leng­ing my fel­low Coloradans,” Po­lis said. “Re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple you see ev­ery day.”

The global sup­ply chain has sta­bi­lized enough that state hos­pi­tals are not des­per­ate for PPE, the gov­er­nor said — but he noted that all can change if out­breaks oc­cur else­where in the coun­try or the world.

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