WATCH: Governor Jared Polis provides update on COVID-19 in Colorado Wednesday

WATCH: Governor Jared Polis provides update on COVID-19 in Colorado Wednesday
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 10:21 AM MST
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DENVER, Colo. (KKTV) - Governor Jared Polis held a press conference Wednesday to give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response. He was joined by Dr. Eric France, the Chief Medical Officer for CDPHE.

He says Colorado is experiencing a major infection increase from the omicron variant. Just two weeks ago, about one percent of infections in the state were the omicron variant. Now, that number is 91 percent.

“If you get COVID, there is a very high chance that it’s the omicron variant right now in Colorado and across the world,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

The governor is urging people to get their booster shot. Right now, there are 1,088 hospitalizations. 80 percent of people being hospitalized are unvaccinated.

“If you’ve been vaccinated, especially If you’ve been boosted with all three The risk of having a severe health outcome from the omicron variant or the delta variant is very minor,” said Gov. Polis.

He strongly suggests not having large indoor new year’s parties. And recommends everyone wears a mask indoors.

The governor says if you have COVID-19 symptoms it’s important you get tested at a PCR testing site instead of relying on an at-home test.

“If you are experiencing symptoms, you don’t request a BinaxNOW test, you get tested at a PCR testing site. Because even if you were to test positive with BinaxNOW at home, you’d want to confirm it at a drive-through testing site.

Wednesday community testing site across Colorado Springs were packed with lines of cars, including at the Citadel Mall and the Chapel Hills Mall.

If you need to get tested, it’s recommended you sign up in advance. However, walk-ins are available.

“Like anything, they tend to be a little bit more crowded in the morning, you know, before work and after work. And less crowded during the day. But generally speaking, the people are flying right through most of the day,” said Gov. Polis.

For more information on testing sites and locations click here.

The full press conference can be seen at the top of this article.

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