Health authorities provide March 4 update on COVID-19 in Colorado
Health authorities provide March 4 update on COVID-19 in Colorado

Health authorities provide March 4 update on COVID-19 in Colorado

The state’s positivity rate has also fallen to 3.6% from a high peak of more than 29%.

DENVER – Saturday marks two years since COVID-19 was discovered in Colorado, and health officials said Friday that we are now in the best position we’ve ever been in when it comes to the virus.

This is due in part to the high vaccination rate and the highly infectious omicron variant, which infected so many people that it provided a level of protection to the point where there are few people to infect.

In fact, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France that the infection rate is currently only six out of 100,000 people in Colorado.

“So when you walk out the door, your probability of being exposed is pretty low,” France said. “So everyone should say, since it’s low, what am I comfortable with?”

He said some may decide they still want to wear a mask or avoid large gatherings, while others may feel comfortable doing almost anything.

The number of cases has dropped to levels not seen since last summer, and the current 7-day moving average is 467 cases. Although there are not many COVID-19 cases in the community, those who have symptoms of a respiratory disease should get a COVID-19 test, France said.

He said it could help the state track down new trends or potential variants that could give cause for concern in the future. Those who test positive on a home test are encouraged to get a PCR test so that their results are reported and included in state data.

The state’s positivity rate hit a high peak of 29.3% with an increase in cases due to the omicron variant. It has now fallen to 3.63%, which is below the target of 5%.

Pr. On March 3, the number of inpatients with COVID-19 was 283.

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At present, it is not clear how long this high level of immunity will last, but health executives predict it will last into early summer.

Health leaders said they must now work to “normalize” COVID-19 in mainstream health systems so that people can be tested and immediately receive treatments that can reduce their risk of hospitalization.

Last Friday, state leaders said coloradans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can “live life normally.”

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) said that for those who are fully vaccinated and not immunocompromised, the risk of death or hospitalization of the virus is “very low”.

Three primary factors mean that Colorado is now in an endemic rather than a pandemic state, meaning the virus is still present but not disrupting in the way it once was.

  • Wide availability of a vaccine that reduces the risk of death due to COVID-19
  • Effective therapies for the treatment of COVID-19
  • High level of immunity due to vaccination or infection

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