WATCH: Gov. Polis provides update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

October 13, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Wednesday, Oct. 13, on the state's COVID-19 response. The governor was joined at the Governor's Mansion by Dr. Kyle Leggott of UC Health and Dr. Sean O’Leary of Children’s Hospital.

Colorado's COVID-19 numbers are starting to look like they did at the beginning of 2021. COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 944 Monday — the highest since the state recorded 952 confirmed hospitalized cases on Jan. 1. That’s still just half of Colorado’s pandemic peak of 1,847 back on Dec. 1, 2020. Fewer than 80 percent of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated.

“This time I don't have worries about us running out of ventilators. I worry about our staff. We are going into this [fall and winter] with less staff than we had the last time. Some people have left medicine,” Dr. Diana Breyer, a pulmonary critical care physician with UCHealth, told CPR health reporter John Daley this week.

You can watch the governor's archived remarks above. CPR carried the governor's remarks online only; there was no radio coverage.

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