50% of Colorado residents are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID, hospital stays hit lowest since October – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) Half of Colorado’s population was fully immunized against COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the state. More than 2.8 million Coloradans are fully vaccinated, which is 50% of the state’s 5.7 million residents.

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The number of COVID-19 hospital admissions continues to decline as more Coloradans are vaccinated. 287 patients with confirmed cases of the virus were hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday, the lowest since October 11.

Current Colorado hospital stays as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. (Credit: CDPHE)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that 7,517 people were tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The state’s average 7-day positivity rate is currently 2.24%.

Nearly 600,000 Americans, including nearly 7,000 Coloradans, have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

On Tuesday, White House senior medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci that the highly contagious Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is the “greatest threat” posed by the pandemic. The variant first identified in India accounts for 40% of COVID-19 cases in Colorado.

COVID-19 variants in Colorado starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. (Credit: CDPHE)

The US is likely to miss President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4th. Governor Jared Polis said on Facebook that he remains confident that the Coloradans can achieve this goal, thanks in part to a weekly lottery among vaccinated residents.

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