Colorado health experts are closely watching other states and parts of the world to help determine Colorado’s COVID-19 trajectory. Now, they say the omicron variant is not showing signs of slowing down.
The seven day positivity rate in our state is now the highest it’s been since the start of the pandemic — at more than 25%.
The data signifies one out of every four people getting tested in Colorado is positive for COVID-19.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also shared concern about not knowing results of at-home testing.
“We know that there can be interruptions in reporting on cases testing that can happen around holidays and that can lead to some challenges in keeping numbers up to date for cases and having a clear understanding of trends that we’re seeing,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s epidemiologist. “We also know that over the last few months, there’s been a really rapid proliferation of the use of at home tests, and oftentimes those tests are not reported to public health. We certainly encourage individuals to go to our website and report those cases to us.”
Denver City Council Goes Virtual To Help Prevent Spread Of COVID
The Denver City Council is going virtual until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be links provided so the public can observe city council meetings, take part in public comment and public hearings.
“The public and city employees are our greatest concern during this surge of the Omicron variant,” said Council President Stacie Gilmore in a statement. “The virtual format will allow full public participation while providing everyone the most safety from exposure during the pandemic.”
Rising cases of COVID-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant have led the city council to make the decision to go virtual.
“Council has developed a truly adaptable and inclusive meeting model that allows us to meet our obligation to keep moving city business forward, be accessible to community, and ensure language access,” said Council President Pro Tem Jamie Torres in a statement. “We look forward to city personnel and community continuing to participate virtually and in doing so, stay safe.”