January 23, 2022

State health officials provide update on COVID-19

Officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DENVER — Health officials provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday afternoon.

The state’s COVID-19 incident commander, Scott Bookman, was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy and COVID-19 Marketing Specialist Joe Hollmann at the briefing.

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As of Jan. 11, 72.6% of Colorado’s population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 65.4% was fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Statewide, there were 1,488 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and there had been an average of 13,083 new cases of the virus per day over the past seven days.

Hospitalizations are a key metric for health officials because they indicate whether the health-care system is being overwhelmed by the virus. Since vaccines have become widely available, doctors have said the vast majority of new COVID-19 hospitalizations are people who have not received a vaccination shot.

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