Denver, Colorado 2021-09-23 14:31:35 –
Students in Colorado school districts who refused to enact a mask mandate are infected with COVID-19 at a higher rate than school districts that need to cover their faces, according to data released Thursday by top Colorado epidemiologists. ..
There are about 300 cases of coronavirus in school-aged children between the ages of 6 and 17 per 100,000 in school districts that do not require masks, compared to per 100,000 in school districts that require masks. Close to 250 cases.
“The impact of masks on communication is clear,” said Rachel Harley, Colorado’s state epidemiologist, at a virtual press conference.
The state refused to impose a full mask obligation on schools, but on Thursday Harley reiterated recommending schools to require masks in their classrooms, regardless of infection or vaccination coverage. rice field.
In Colorado, where vaccination rates are low, such as Weld and El Paso counties, cases of school-age children (some are eligible for vaccination) are also significantly higher, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It has become.
In Denver and Boulder counties, where vaccination rates are much higher, children are more prevalent at nearly one-third the levels of more prevalent counties.
Overall, the state has seen a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past few days, Harley said, but “it’s hard to tell if the decline will continue or increase as the fall begins.”
Approximately 80% of Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are from unvaccinated states, with hospitalizations continuing near the peak levels of the first wave of the spring 2020 pandemic.
“This is an unvaccinated pandemic,” said Scott Bookman, state COVID-19 Incident Commander.
Approximately 900 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the state, according to state data. That number is half the peak of 1,847 in winter, but as high as in the early months of the pandemic.
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