Colorado well being officers present an replace on the COVID response
Officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are expected to speak at 1:10 p.m. as hospital admissions increase.
DENVER – Officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will brief on Wednesday afternoon on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts.
The speakers include:
- Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist
- Heather Roth, Director of Immunization, Disease Control and Public Health Response
- Dr. Emily Travanty, State Laboratory Director
9NEWS will stream the press conference scheduled for 1:10 p.m. live in the video player above on 9NEWS streaming devices 9NEWS YouTube channel and in the 9NEWS app.
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UCHealth’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jean Kutner said there was a significant spike in COVID hospital admissions over the last 10 days of August.
“We are prepared,” said Kutner. “We were hoping the story would be different.”
In late August 2020, UCHealth announced that around 33 patients had been hospitalized with the virus. A year later, the increases come at the start of the flu season.
“In a typical year before COVID-19, we see a surge in hospital admissions in the fall as the flu season and other respiratory viruses kick in,” Kutner said. “So we planned that. We were hoping we wouldn’t see another surge in COVID as well.”
Kuther said most of the vaccinated people who are hospitalized are people who don’t have strong immune systems, like cancer or organ transplant patients.
“That is really why this third vaccine was recommended for this population,” she said.
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The original plan was to offer Pfizer or Moderna boosters starting September 20, pending approval from US regulators. But now administrators admit that Moderna boosters likely won’t be ready by then – the Food and Drug Administration needs more evidence to judge. To add complexity, Moderna wants the booster to be half the original footage.
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