Alright, our second monthly COVID briefing. Again, not sure why, since we just had one. Maybe they'll say.

Presentation here:…
Maybe bc we moved into Level Clear on Sunday, and ended our local mask mandate...?
Lexi Nolen, director of BoCo Public Health, with some good news: Boulder County has passed 70% of the adult population vaccinated.
Now, 10+ are eligible, which takes our total vaccinated % down a bit (since it's of eligible residents) but we're still at 66.4%
Less-dense areas of Boulder County tending to have the lowest vaccination rates, Nolen says. Between 25-50%.

So not a lot of folks there — though we still care about them and we're still trying to get them vaxed, Nolen says.
There IS still community spread of COVID, but cases have declined overall since mid-December, as vaccinations have steadily risen.
"That's just an indicator of the value of the vaccines on our case rates," Nolen says.
Hospital admissions — THE measure which will keep us from moving back into gov't mandated restrictions — are still looking good. (Boulder is the red line, I believe)
"Our 7-day positivity is declining precipitously," Nolen says. "There is a decline in testing, but not enough to make us worry that this positivity rate is not accurate."
Encourages ppl to keep getting tested — "particularly kids" which is where we're seeing the most cases, Nolen says.
Nolen: We have not heard of a case in Colorado where someone with the vaccine has died of COVID.

It protects you from getting it, from more severe symptoms and death, she says. So keep at it.
No slides, but we're gonna talk about public health orders. Trina Ruhland, the attorney for BoCo Public Health, going over those.
Ruhland: Boulder County is now at Level Clear, which means biz can operate without those capacity restrictions we were used to.
Some lingering state restrictions on indoor spaces with 100+ ppl, until early June. Some quarantine and isolation requirements for schools as well.
Mask order: Polis announced an end to that Friday; Boulder County followed suit Sunday.

That's all bc the CDC's recent guidance was that vaccinated ppl don't have to wear masks in most settings.
The state/county recommending but not requiring that unvaccinated people wear masks (except in schools, jail, etc.)
Boulder County's mask order is still in effect, Ruhland says, but we expect to update our public health order to largely align with the state.

Those orders are in place until June 1.
Of course, private biz can still require you to wear a mask, just like they can require you to wear a shirt, shoes, etc.
I'm still wearing mine, bc I personally enjoyed not having a cold all year.
Ruhland: If you are a higher-risk biz, younger clientele, we'd recommend you do still require a mask.

That's in response to a Wallach q.
"Biz can also inquire about vaccine status, in most cases," Ruhland says. (She's an attorney, so I guess she'd know.)
BoCo public health working with biz to help decide what works best for them.
I guess that's all for this bonus briefing. Still not sure why it happened! Shouldn't have missed CAC this week...
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