Here's the takeaway from Colorado Governor Jared Polis' COVID-19 update on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

  • Over 500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the most since the end of January
  • Half of Coloradans, and youth under 16, are still not vaccinated
  • Less people over the age of 60 are hospitalized, more hospitalizations seen in those under the age of 60
  • No vaccine is 100 percent effective, however there is a 93 to 95 percent reduction of COVID-19 cases in Colorado for those who are fully vaccinated
  • Higher rates of transmission seen in Southern Colorado
  • 1 in 7,000 vaccinated people have had a reported case of COVID-19 in Colorado
  • Fully vaccinated people are 94.6 percent less likely to have a reported case than unvaccinated people in Colorado
  • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen vaccine is still on hold
  • Counties now set COVID-19 restrictions locally
  • Herd immunity will be reached when 70 to 80 percent of population is vaccinated, and then we can party
  • Until then, keep wearing a mask and avoid large gatherings with unvaccinated people

You can see Governor Polis' update in full via Facebook here.

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The NoCo Virus Tracker articles are made possible by our partners, the Keep NoCo Open campaign that reminds citizens to wear a mask, wash your hands, physically distance and support local as Northern Colorado recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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