Governor Polis provides COVID-19 update Aug. 12

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DENVER, Colo. — Governor Jared Polis provided an update Thursday morning regarding Colorado’s recovery efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He began the update saying that there are now 1,668 new positive cases in Colorado, especially among the unvaccinated population.

“We currently have 501 Coloradans in the hospital for COVID,” Governor Polis said.

He said that there are seven children 10 years old and under and are 10 kids that are eleven to nineteen years old who are among the 501 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state.

The governor said that he wants to make sure that schools are as safe as they can be for students and that he advocates regular testing for COVID-19 given the large number of children who may have the virus but are a-symptomatic. As part of this advocacy, he encouraged virtual attendees to visit this website to find out more about the free COVID-19 school testing beginning in September.

The free testing will offer free, voluntary, rapid COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis to all K-12 schools for the 2021-22 school year, building on the free testing that’s been available since the start of 2021.

A mask delivery program has also be relaunched within the state, offering adult and child-sized N95 masks through the 2021-2022 school year.

“Many of our young students–especially those 11 and under who are not yet eligible for vaccination–we hope that comes quickly,” Governor Polis said. “It is our top priority to keep in person education and to keep kids safe.”

The governor continued to express his advocacy to get all Coloradans vaccinated, mentioning the incentive program “Come Back Cash Giftcard Giveaway” which has been offering $100 Walmart gift cards to anyone receiving a first or second dose at a participating, state-operated vaccination site. To learn more about that program, click here.

He also addressed the air quality of Colorado and how it has impacted the lives of many residents.

“You shouldn’t just rest on the assumption of ‘Oh, it’s the air quality’. Ignoring symptoms means putting yourself and others at risk,” he said. “Get tested.”

To find a COVID-19 testing site, visit this website.

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