Interview: Gov. Polis leaves mask mandates to local officials, says the state shouldn’t ‘tell people what to wear’ (CPR News)

CPR News: Interview: Gov. Polis leaves mask mandates to local officials, says the state shouldn’t ‘tell people what to wear’. “‘The emergency is over,’ according to Governor Jared Polis, who explained on Colorado Matters on Friday that vaccines have changed the COVID-19 landscape, rendering masks useful but not required in the state’s fight against the pandemic. Meanwhile, Colorado continues to see a rise in hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated patients. With the state’s healthcare system overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and staffing shortages, public health officials are worried another surge of infections may overwhelm already overworked hospitals and medical staff. And the emergence of the omicron variant in the state has introduced more uncertainty into the fight against the pandemic.”

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