LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8

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    (Governor Jared Polis Facebook)

    Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live briefing at 12:15 a.m., Jan. 8, on Colorado’s COVID-19 response.

    During the briefing, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy is expected to also provide an update on the latest modeling of the pandemic in Colorado.

    Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page.

    On. Jan. 8, Polis marks the two-year anniversary of his swearing in as governor.

    “It has been an incredible honor to serve as your Governor and work to make this state a better place for all of us,” Polis said in a statement commemorating the day. “When I became Governor, it was hard to imagine the difficult times we would face together, like the devastating wildfires, a federal government shutdown, a powerful ‘Bomb Cyclone’ winter storm, the first teacher’s strike in 25 years in Colorado’s largest school district, the horrific STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting where we lost Kendrick (Castillo), and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic which we continue to deal with today. But I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made in just two years.”

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recorded an average of 2,098 new cases of COVID-19 each day from Dec. 31 through Jan. 6. That’s up from the previous week, when the state recorded an average of 1,877 new cases per day.

    In total, 5,102 people have died in Colorado with COVID-19. Of those, at least 4,107 people died as a direct result of the illness.

    Watch the briefing here: