So, we all know. This is a HUGE deal that brings out all sorts of emotions from all sorts of people.

But there's some context I feel is critical to understanding the issue.

Allow me to explain.

Let's start with @CDPHE guidance issued earlier this month.

Go to the section about QUARANTINE for routine classroom exposures.

You might remember last school year and all of the quarantines that made keeping schools open CHALLENGING


There's a BIG difference between last school year and this one.


Kids 12+ have had months to get vaccinated.

But kids under 12 still don't have access.

This largely impacts K-6th grade

These classrooms remain filled with largely unprotected children.

Last year's quarantine rules would continue to be VERY DISRUPTIVE in these classes (particularly ones that no longer COHORT)

So.. what did @CDPGE do?

It said this... (see red circle)

Yes... this is a BIG change...

As long as both the infected kid and the kids nearby are wearing masks... CDPHE says there's NO NEED to quarantine the exposed kids

This is clearly an effort to keep more kids in schools.

Where did @CDPHE get this guidance?

Straight from @CDCgov -- which earlier this month issued a k-12 exception for CLOSE CONTACT

Normally, close contact meant 15 minutes within 6 feet. Anyone who met that, needed to quarantine. A big problem in schools. Right?

Now, the CDC is saying, as long as exposed students are wearing 'well-fitting" masks "correctly and consistently," they don't need to quarantine.

What's the big deal?

Well, you can probably already answer that.

If you want to keep schools open... and you're interested in following CDC guidance...

...you have kids k-6 wear masks. Which is precisely what @CCSDK12 did late last week.


to be clear... many districts have no interest in following CDC guidance,

And will operate on their own... and make up their own quarantine rules as they go

But, as the parent of an 11-year old, I can assure you, districts that require masks WILL FALL BACK on this guidance

And they will use it to try to keep kids in schools.

Which, I think we all can agree, remains pretty darn important.

You don't want to enter the fall semester winging it... Many districts will.

But others will rely on what I've just explained. And now you know

One more thing...

Obviously the DELTA variant complicates things. We know it's MUCH MORE transmissible.

And with the lack of cohorting, I would expect more disruptions to come to schools that do and do not mask k-6.

Just wanna get that on the record



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13 Sep

So... @uchealth is doing a good job of reporting day-in-the-life data of what it's seeing in its hospitals

Here is where you can find the data

(this is what I hope @CDPHE will soon start to do as well... easy to read, easy to understand)

These numbers represent UCHealth facilities ONLY

Looks like this latest wave will soon be 2nd biggest.

(these numbers are from late last week)
I love this graphic (not the content of it, obviously, but how it's presented)

Vaccinated make up...
17% of hospitalized
14% of ICU cases
13% of vents
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13 Sep
Just in -- @GovofCO announces 914 hospitalizations in state right now (up 19 from yesterday)

155 are vaccinated

16 people under age of 18

72K Coloradans have received booster
Quick aside

Scott Bookman has a cow over his shoulder.

I say this for no other reason than I need a cow looking over my shoulder too .
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17 Aug
TUESDAY #covid19Colorado update:

Headline: Still no sign of any substantive growth in cases. Nearing 1100 a day. Patient count up again. Positivity holds steady

covid+ ONLY:

Today: 586 (up 20)
Last week: 494


7-day holding relatively flat

SLIGHT uptick today, but mostly stagnant

(Not seen here in graph, but we did have a ONE-Day of over 7%... but testing numbers are low due to weekend data... so not a big deal as of now)

remaining just below 6% in 7-day
Read 4 tweets
16 Aug
MONDAY #covid19Colorado update

Headline: Cases continue to remain relatively stagnant. Pretty big jump in hospitalizations tho

covid+ ONLY

Today: 566 (up 47*)
Last week: 478

(* weekend numbers can get a bit funky)


Have been somewhat stagnant for around a week

No evidence of exponential growth (good news).

Been hovering around 1K new cases a day for some time now. Still looking for good sign that we've hit peak
What's it all mean?

Good to see stagnation in cases. Lots of states still growing pretty fast.

Patient count jump is a bit concerning. Let's see if it eases tomorrow.

Bottom line: Things could be worse. I'll take this for now

Take care!
Read 4 tweets
10 Aug
TUESDAY #COVID19Colorado update

Headline: Definite slowdown in CASE increase. Peak? Not sure yet. But we aren't rising fast at all anymore. Patient count, OTOH, nears 500.

covid+ ONLY

Today: 494 (+16)
Last week: 383


Look at this... Case count has totally leveled off in last few days.

(Yes, I know, cases ain't a great metric... but it's still a metric we should watch)
Look closer... Leveling off easier to see.
Read 6 tweets
10 Aug
QUICK #COVID19Colorado Thread

It's early -- and, of course, things could change -- but Colorado showing signs of potentially hitting latest wave peak

Look at cases. Numbers have stabilized over the last 5 days.

Generally right around 900 cases

No significant growth.

Just showing very recent stabilization. This is SUPER early. And I wouldn't recommend drawing too many conclusions here.
Hospitalizations are still headed up

Gone from 291 to 478 in 2 weeks

(this metric lags... so even if cases have peaked, we won't see it here for a bit.. .also... there are an unknown # of out-of-state patients here now)

@COHospitalAssn: Do you have any current number on this?
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