Rachel Herlihy

Colorado gets ready to distribute COVID vaccine to kids 12 and older

BY: - May 11, 2021

Colorado is poised to make significant progress in its effort to vaccinate as many residents as possible now that the Pfizer vaccine will almost certainly be authorized for use in recipients as young as 12, Gov. Jared Polis said during a news briefing on Tuesday. “All Coloradans 12 and up are that much closer to […]

Cases, hospitalizations rise as Gov. Polis pleads for Coloradans to get COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - April 27, 2021

Infections are going up. Hospitalizations are going up. And Coloradans should get vaccinated as soon as possible, because the vaccines work. That was the message Gov. Jared Polis conveyed during a Tuesday news briefing, during which he shared what he termed “pretty bleak numbers for our state.” The virus has killed 6,414 people in Colorado. […]

Walk-in vaccinations to begin at some community sites in Colorado, Gov. Polis says

BY: - April 20, 2021

Coloradans no longer need an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Wednesday, three community vaccination sites will accept walk-in or drive-in patients with no need to make an appointment, Gov. Jared Polis announced during a news briefing Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion. “In Colorado we’re seeing a 93 to 95% reduction in positive cases […]

‘Fourth wave’ of COVID-19 infections hitting Colorado, state health officials say

BY: - April 9, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis and top state health officials acknowledged on Friday that rising COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations constitute a “fourth wave” of the deadly pandemic that is impacting Colorado and much of the rest of the country. “This is a time of great concern in Colorado,” Polis said in a press conference on the […]

Colorado health officials troubled by ‘high plateau’ of COVID cases, hospitalizations

BY: - March 16, 2021

Colorado public health officials said in a press conference on Tuesday that they’re concerned by a leveling-off of key COVID-19 metrics and warned that a deadly fourth wave of infections is still possible before the full impact of vaccinations takes hold. The number of Coloradans currently hospitalized with COVID-19 has spiked to 341 from 283 […]

Masks, distancing still needed for months to come, Colorado COVID-19 modeling shows

BY: - January 26, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine shipments continue to trickle into Colorado, state officials on Tuesday stressed that measures like social distancing and mask-wearing will remain the best tools available to fight the pandemic for months to come. “If people get a little bit more lax, it will resurge before the vaccine has time to kick in,” Gov. […]

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

BY: - January 8, 2021

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 […]

‘Different than anything we’ve seen before’: What Colorado experts know about the new coronavirus variant

BY: - December 31, 2020

When Sara Sawyer read that there was a new variant of the coronavirus rapidly spreading around the United Kingdom recently, she wasn’t surprised. For the past 15 years, Sawyer, a virology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has studied how infectious diseases are transmitted from animals to humans, including how viruses mutate.  What did […]

7 Colorado education stories to watch in 2021

BY: - December 28, 2020

“7 Colorado education stories to watch in 2021” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. The pandemic threw education into turmoil this year, with families, teachers, and students stretched and challenged as never before. Across the state, tens of thousands of students haven’t […]

Briefing on COVID-19 at 12:05 p.m. Dec. 23

BY: - December 23, 2020

There will be a live briefing at 12:05 p.m., Dec. 23, on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The briefing will be provided by Scott Bookman, the COVID-19 incident commander with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist; and Brig. Gen. Scott Sherman, of the Colorado National Guard. The Colorado Department of […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19, mental health at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18

BY: - December 18, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live briefing at 12:30 p.m Dec. 18 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Polis will also discuss mental health practices for the holiday season with Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist, and behavioral health expert Aimee Voth Siebert, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Scroll down for […]

COVID-19 death toll expected to double in Colorado before January

BY: - November 24, 2020

If Colorado’s virus transmission stays on the current trajectory, the death toll from COVID-19 will more than double by the end of December, according to state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. Statewide, at least 408 people have died with the disease since Oct. 26, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In […]