Colorado offering free at-home COVID-19 tests to all Coloradans

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DENVER | Coloradans can now signal as much as have eight free speedy COVID-19 checks delivered to their doorstep, Gov. Jared Polis introduced at a Tuesday information convention.

The state has acquired two million of the speedy antigen checks, which ship ends in quarter-hour and supply an “additional layer of safety” within the state’s struggle towards the virus, Polis stated.

Any Coloradan can join, and the checks ought to arrive in 4 to seven days. Join on-line at covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.

Colorado additionally opened up 4 new mass vaccination clinics on Monday, together with one on the Aurora Municipal Middle. The drive-thru website is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on daily basis by means of Sept. 30 and doesn’t require an appointment.

There are at present 876 folks hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado, together with 14 minors. There are 204 accessible ICU beds statewide, Polis stated. At the moment the state’s COVID-19 positivity price is 6.2%, barely above the goal of lower than 5%.

Colorado has a few of the lowest COVID-19 case charges within the nation, chief epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy stated on the convention, and the state’s hospitalization price is slowly beginning to lower. About 85% of individuals hospitalized with the virus usually are not vaccinated.

The elements of the state with the bottom vaccination charges are additionally the locations with the best variety of folks hospitalized with the virus, she stated.

“On the particular person stage, a vaccine is actually going to guard you from being hospitalized, and on the inhabitants stage the vaccine is absolutely going to guard our healthcare capability,” Herlihy stated.

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