Watch live: Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 in Colorado

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Gov. Jared Polis is set to update Coloradans on the state’s response to COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.

Polis will speak during a live-streamed news conference around 2:30 p.m. Joining him will be Kevin Klein, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Scott Bookman, the incident commander for Colorado’s health department and the state’s lead epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. 

This update comes as Coloradans enter a “precarious stage of the pandemic,” according to the state health department.

While COVID-19 vaccinations are on the rise — an estimated 1 million Coloradans were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday — it will take time for people to develop immunity, creating a window of opportunity for the virus to see another surge, the department said.

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment announced Friday the county has given out 200,000 doses of vaccine. And Larimer County’s publchealth director, Tom Gonzales, told county commissioners earlier this week that the county hoped to reach herd immunity by late May.

But he warned that cases are surging and vaccine supply is still limited. 

“The virus is out there,” Gonzales said. “The virus is active … and transmission is very high.”

A COVID-19 snapshot:Track COVID-19 in Larimer County and Colorado: Case information for April 2021

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