18.06.2024

Masks To Be Required In All Indoor Public Spaces In Larimer County Starting Next Wednesday

People in Larimer County will be required to wear masks indoors in all public spaces starting next Wednesday. A public health order will go into effect at noon.

Public Health Director Tom Gonzales says the order is being issued “due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on local hospital ICU capacity.”

Currently Boulder is the only county on Colorado’s Front Range where there is such health order in place. Boulder’s has been in effect since early September.

County officials said exemptions to the mandate will be granted to indoor facilities in Larimer County where everyone present has been fully vaccinated. They wrote the following in a news release and said more information will be provided at a later date:

Larimer County facilities that wish to implement mandatory vaccination policies for staff, patrons, and guests have the opportunity to apply to become an Approved Vaccine Verified Facility and be exempted from the mask requirements with approval from Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

COVID In Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis Gets His Booster

Gov. Jared Polis has spent months encouraging people to get a COVID vaccine and on Friday he turned his attention to booster shots by rolling up his sleeve.

The governor got his booster shot on Friday at Denver Health. It was a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Colorado data shows the vast majority of people hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated. Among vaccinated patients, most are over 70.

“(The booster) is for everybody who got it 6 months ago. Certainly everybody who’s in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s — it’s critical to get it,” Polis said. “You’re at the highest risk, you were always at the highest risk, and you have the biggest dropoff if you’re in your 60s, 70s, 80, 90s for the efficacy of the vaccine.”

Boosters are recommended 6 months after the initial doses for those 65 years or older, or anyone at higher risk for serious complications if they contract COVID.

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