LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19, restaurants at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13

By: - October 13, 2020 12:28 pm

(Governor Jared Polis Facebook)

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and the restaurant industry. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion in Denver.

Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page.

During the briefing, Polis will be joined by Sonia Riggs, president and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association; Aileen Reilly, owner of Beast + Bottle and Coperta; and Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy Colorado; according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Through Oct. 11, Colorado had 79,037 cases of COVID-19 and 1,998 deaths due to the disease, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The weekly average of daily reported new cases was 711 for the week ending Oct. 11 — up about 19% from the previous week, when the average was 596 new cases per day. (The latter number is slightly higher than the the one Newsline reported Oct. 6, because CDPHE’s data sometimes changes as case records with report dates in the past are added.)

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to increase. As of Oct. 12, 288 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 in Colorado hospitals, and an additional 82 people hospitalized were suspected of having COVID-19.

The number of hospitalizations for confirmed cases hasn’t been this high since May 31.

According to CDPHE, 3% of facilities expect staff shortages in the next week. Statewide, 77% of intensive care beds and 36% of ventilators are in use.

Watch the governor’s briefing here:

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Faith Miller
Faith Miller

Faith Miller was a reporter with Colorado Newsline covering the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories.