Denver will hit the ‘pause button’ on reopening due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases
Mayor Michael Hancock provided an update on COVID-19 in Denver at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Mayor Hancock said that Denver is seeing troubling numbers when it comes to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city. He said that the 7-day average went from 53.7 percent to 68.6 percent today. The mayor also said the positivity rate was 2.7 percent in June and it is now between 4-5 percent.
During the press conference, Mayor Hancock said that he will hit the “pause” button on reopening Denver due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases. He also said that he will reach out to Governor Jared Polis and put any variance requests on hold due to the spike.
Mayor Hancock said, “Wear your face covering. Do not get together in large groups. Try to state at home as much as possible. The recent spike is extremely concerning.”
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, according to Mayor Hancock. In June there were 87 hospital beds in use, today there are 140 beds in use.
“I’m encouraging everyone: Wear Face Coverings. Let’s reverse this trend in an uptick in cases”. “Young adults, we need you to be mindful and think beyond yourselves.”