Monday, September 26, 2022

Colorado government expands antibody access, opposes mask mandate

Denver, Colo. (NWN) — Colorado’s COVID-19 residents who are at high risk of serious illness will no longer need a doctor’s referral before receiving antibody treatment to keep them out of hospitals starting next week.

Jared Polis on Friday announced expanding access to monoclonal antibodies, the Denver Post reports. Colorado’s hospitals have been stressed by the high COVID-19 caseload, and two out of every five hospitals reporting to the state are expected to be short on intensive care beds within the next week. Roughly 45% of hospitals said they were facing staff shortage.

Nearly one in every 62 Colorado residents is currently infected with COVID-19.

Still, despite calls by local public health officials to take more aggressive action, the governor has resisted public health measures such as mask mandates or reinstating capacity limits on businesses. On Monday, health departments representing Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe counties — which have lobbied police to issue a new mask mandate for public indoor spaces — will consider enacting their own.

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Public health experts have warned that coronavirus cases could rise as people gather together during the holiday season.

In Colorado Springs, public protestors are working remotely after office workers were sent home amid a possible COVID-19 outbreak. The Gazette reported Friday that El Paso County Health was notified of a possible outbreak on November 12.

“Out of caution, the Office of the Public Defender chose to be proactive and requested that their employees go to virtual or remote work to control the potential spread of disease in their office,” Health Department spokeswoman Michelle Beurle wrote in an email. ” to the Gazette.

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Bearley said the county health agency is still working to determine how many people in the office have tested positive for the coronavirus to determine if this is a confirmed outbreak.

A seven-person COVID-19 outbreak was reported within the fourth judicial district attorney’s office about three weeks ago. Not all employees in the district attorney’s office were transferred to remote work during the outbreak, and prosecutors continued to appear in court in the days before and after the outbreak was declared.

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