Colorado Gov. Jared Polis lifted the state’s emergency declaration on Thursday, nearly 16 months after it was issued amid the arrival of coronavirus in March 2020.
Polis rescinded all of his pandemic executive orders, he told The Denver Post in an interview, but signed the Recovery Executive Order, which is focused on the economy and federal reimbursements.
Polis made the announcement as Denver hosts the MLB All-Star Game and its related events this week. The governor said hospitalization and vaccine data supports the decision, particularly because Dr. Anthony Fauci declared that 99% of deaths in the country were people who aren’t vaccinated.
The Democrat has issued more than 400 executive orders since a state of emergency was declared on March 10, 2020. He extended the disaster emergency declaration 26 times, the latest of which was set to expire Saturday.
In June, he said he would begin to phase out his emergency powers.
“This has been a challenging year for our state and country,” he said in a statement. “We’ve experienced pain and loss, but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing and sacrificing moments with loved ones and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation.”
More than 70% of Coloradans had received at least one dose of the vaccine, but he noted that “we must remain vigilant.” About 53% have been fully vaccinated, including nearly 80% of adults 65 and older. Children younger than 12 aren’t eligible for any of the available vaccines.
Colorado’s economic recovery is booming already, as the state government was expected to take in 11.4% more revenue than expected in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
“Today, thanks to the decisions and resilience of Coloradans, our economy is roaring back and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado is building back stronger than before,” Polis said.
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