Polis: “Coloradans did fairly well” over Thanksgiving


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DENVER — In his semiweekly update Friday, Gov. Jared Polis said “Coloradans did fairly well” at not spreading coronavirus over the Thanksgiving holiday, but “now is the moment of greatest risk of contracting the virus.”

Polis said 3,005 people have died of COVID-19 in Colorado, and about a third of those deaths have come in the past two months.

Polis said more Coloradans than ever are contagious with the virus, and “now is the moment of greatest risk of contracting it.” He urged residents to continue being cautious through the December holidays.

“Initial data is that Coloradans did fairly well, perhaps better than many other states, over Thanksgiving,” Polis said. “I know we’re seeing some national records, but here, it’s been level. But we need to do better. 1,500 people in our hospitals and over 3,000 Coloradans have paid the ultimate price. Let’s make sure that we’re all here for many holidays to come.”

Polis said the state does not currently have a shortage of ventilators or hospital beds, but alternative care sites are on standby if necessary.

“We have, ready to go, our alternative care sites, so if we are near that capacity, within a week or two of breaching our hospital capacity, we will activate first the two smaller sites that we have, and if necessary, the convention center,” Polis said. “So yes, we are closer to that than we were two months ago or three months ago. We stand ready. But we will make that decision based on the actual data that we have on the hospital capacity. I’m hopeful that the thoughtful efforts around mask-wearing and social distancing will prevent our hospitals from being overrun.”

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