DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis ended the state of emergency on Thursday more than 15 months after the arrival of the new coronavirus to our state.
“Today I end the health declaration in Colorado,” Polis said in a video message sent to the governor’s Twitter account. “It means getting Coloradans back to work faster and letting our condition recover faster by ending the health emergency and focusing on recovery and vaccinations.”
Although Polis acknowledged “COVID-19 is still here and will probably always be a part of our lives,”
To date, 70.32% of Coloradans adults have received at least one dose of the three currently available vaccines in the United States, according to a spokesman for the governor’s office. Nearly 53% of all Coloradans are fully vaccinated.
The announcement came as the city of Denver hosts the MLB All-Star Game and its related activities, which officially begin Friday.
Along with the conclusion of the state’s emergency health order on Thursday, Police also lifted all previous executive orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a Recovery Executive Order that would focus the state’s efforts on economic recovery.
The governor had issued more than 400 notices since Colorado declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020 – a declaration that was extended 26 times, the most recent of which expired on Saturday, according to a memorandum issued Tuesday by Legislative Council staff.
Back in June, Polis told the newspaper that he would start phasing out the executive he had been given during the pandemic.
“This has been a challenging year for our state and country,” Polis said in a prepared statement Thursday. “We have experienced pain and loss, but throughout it, the Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing and sacrificing moments with their loved ones, and we managed to have one of the lowest COVID deaths in the country . ”
Police advised Coloradans to be aware of COVID-19 variants and said the state is controlling the response with local public health officials. Currently, about 71% of all cases of coronavirus in the state can be attributed to the delta variant, a more virulent strain of the new virus, which was first identified in India back in December last year.
In his remarks, the Police continued to urge people who had not yet been vaccinated to get the vaccine and referred to a statement from Dr. Fauci, who reported last week that 99% of COVID-19 deaths in June were among the unvaccinated.
“Today, thanks to Colorado’s decisions and resilience, our economy is booming and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado builds stronger than before,” Polis said.