Intensive care units were 95% full last week; no mask mandate has been issued |

Intensive care units were 95% full last week; no mask mandate has been issued

John Ingold
The Colorado Sun
People wear masks while walking along Breckenridge's Main Street on July 12, 2020.
Libby Stanford/Summit Daily News archive

DENVER — In early August, as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations first began rising in Colorado following a summer lull, Gov. Jared Polis stood before reporters to answer questions about the worrying trend.

Asked when he might consider reissuing a statewide mask mandate or other such aggressive virus-fighting actions, he was clear.

“We will not overwhelm our hospitals,” he said then. “We will take the steps necessary to avoid doing that.”

Later, he added: “We don’t wait until we’re overwhelming our hospitals. We watch the trend, and we act before we are overwhelming our hospitals.”

Colorado is about to overwhelm its hospitals. When Polis made his vow, on Aug. 12, there were 514 people hospitalized in Colorado with COVID-19. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, there were 1,431. The state’s intensive care units were 95% full.

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