According to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado's seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate has started to trend downward slightly. 

On December 15, CDPHE Tweeted that Colorado's positivity rate is now 8.97 percent, ICUs are at 79 percent capacity, with 1,445 patients hospitalized with COVID. For weeks, Colorado's positivity rate has been over 10 — sometimes 12 — percent.

If you go back one week to December 8, there were over 1,600 COVID patients hospitalized, over 80 percent of ICU beds in use, and the positivity rate was over 12 percent, which is far too high for governments to reopen businesses, according to the World Health Organization.

'The seven-day average positivity rate dropped below 10 percent on Monday (December 14),' CBS4 reported. 'The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of five percent or lower for at least two weeks before local governments begin reopening.'

According to 5280, in the middle of October, Colorado's positivity rate exceeded five percent for the first time, and it has only grown since then, causing most counties to go into Level Red restrictions.

KDVR reported that as of Wednesday, December 16, Larimer County's positivity rate was at 10 percent; Weld County's at 14.4 percent.

On Tuesday, December 15, the first COVID vaccines were given in Colorado.

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