The Colorado Department of Health updated a public health order on Tuesday evening, requiring hospitals to report to the state data on the age and vaccination status of COVID-19 patients.
According to the press release, the state Department of Public Health and Environment also requires hospitals to report how many intensive care beds are available for adults or children.
With the increase in breakthrough infections and COVID-19 cases among children, data reporting has changed.
“We will continue to monitor hospital capacity closely,” Scott Bookman, the state’s COVID-19 incident commander, said in a statement. “Between unvaccinated people and people under 12, adding additional measures and data will help us further evaluate.”
Public health orderThe press release stated that the bill went into effect on Wednesday and also required state contractors to be fully vaccinated by October 31.
Other changes to the order include:
- Community corrections programs and facilities must now also require people who have not been fully vaccinated to wear masks
- The order reiterated that schools are required by law to report COVID-19 cases and outbreaks to the state government. They must also comply with public health orders, such as isolation and case investigation.
- The health department may require counties with hospitalization rates close to over 85% to report more data and work with the agency to reduce the spread of the disease