Colorado seeing increase in coronavirus cases among college-age adults


DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials say Colorado is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases among college-age adults, while cases among school-age children remain mostly stable.

Polis, along with state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, gave a press conference Tuesday to discuss the latest data.

Herlihy said the effective reproductive number, which measures the average number of people infected by each positive case, was less than 1 in July. Now that number is around 1, meaning the state could see an increase in cases in the next couple of weeks.

Herlihy said most of the increases right now are in Boulder and in the Denver metro area, where there are large universities. She said this increase aligns with trends across the country.

The leaders said while there have been some outbreaks in K-12 schools, case numbers among school-age children have remained mostly consistent since mid-August.

Polis also said two more Colorado counties–Gunnison and Moffat–are now in the final “Protect our Neighbors” phase of reopening. Three other counties–Mesa, Gilpin, and Rio Blanco–reached this phase last week.

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