DENVER- Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans.
“Colorado is making great strides in getting shots into arms and ensuring vaccines don’t sit on shelves. I am thrilled that Colorado will have access to even more vaccine doses over the next coming weeks,” said Governor Polis. “As we open up the vaccine to more and more people across Colorado, we must all do our part to keep our friends and loved ones safe by social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks. This upcoming holiday weekend, we know some Coloradans will be venturing into Colorado’s backcountry and we continue to urge everyone who does so to take extreme caution, as this year’s snowpack has created conditions ripe for avalanches at any moment.”
Governor Polis also shared a warning about avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry. Nationally, between the weeks of January 30 and February 7, there have been 15 confirmed fatalities from avalanches, the most avalanche-related fatalities in a seven-day period since 1910. Governor Polis urged those who wish to venture into the backcountry to do so by first checking avalanche conditions and then head out with the proper equipment and training.
For more information on backcountry winter safety, visit:
For Avalanche forecasts and warnings, visit: avalanche.state.co.us
Governor Polis also discussed Colorado’s upcoming legislative session. The Governor’s stimulus proposal to the Colorado General Assembly includes investments in the state’s infrastructure and transportation system. Additionally, the Governor’s proposal also calls for funding to bring broadband access to thousands of Colorado households, and as well and funding for upskilling to help Coloradans who need to be retrained or reskilled to help fill the jobs of the future.