CDPHE: COVID-19 Media Briefing Audio for April 16th

APRIL 16, 2020 – To comply with social distancing guidance, support transparency,  and keep the media informed, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) held a remote press conference for inquiries regarding the state response to COVID-19, featured:

  • Scott Bookman, Incident Commander for state COVID-19 response
  • Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, CDPHE

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Media Questions asked:

From markcraddock to Everyone: 10:58 AM
Mark Craddock, World Journal Newspaper: WHO has announced six criteria that governments should consider before relaxing mitigation measures, as Gov. Polis suggested last week he might do as soon as April 26, when the current stay at home order expires. Number-two on the list is: “Health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact.” Is Colorado even in the ballpark of having testing and tracing capacity to do this? Is it prudent to relax restrictions in the absence of broad, ubiquitous testing? Are we risking a second-wave of outbreaks, possibly in the vastly under-tested rural regions of the state, if we relax restrictions without an aggressive testing strategy, and corresponding resources, in place?
From Ben Eby to Everyone: 10:58 AM
Please hold questions until 11AM exactly. We want to make sure no question is overlooked. Thank you
From markcraddock to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Mark Craddock, World Journal Newspaper: WHO has announced six criteria that governments should consider before relaxing mitigation measures, as Gov. Polis suggested last week he might do as soon as April 26, when the current stay at home order expires. Number-two on the list is: “Health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact.” Is Colorado even in the ballpark of having testing and tracing capacity to do this? Is it prudent to relax restrictions in the absence of broad, ubiquitous testing? Are we risking a second-wave of outbreaks, possibly in the vastly under-tested rural regions of the state, if we relax restrictions without an aggressive testing strategy, and corresponding resources, in place?
From Sam Tabachnik to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Sam Tabachnik – Denver Post — Both Latinos and African Americans are seeing higher hospitalizations, but Colorado’s black residents are dying at a higher rate compared to their portion of the population. Why might that be the case?
From Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media: Are all staff and visitors having their temperature taken whenever they enter residential and non-hospital health care facilities statewide (meaning nursing homes and all other types of group residential facilities that are included in the state’s outbreak count)? Are taking temperatures or other precautions required by the state?
From vinny del giudice to Everyone: 11:00 AM
This is Vinny Del Giudice @ Bloomberg News in Denver. Have any nurses, doctors or health care workers died of coronavirus in Colorado or been hospitalized? Thank you.
From Jesse Aaron Paul to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun: Some county health departments have had to resort to testing residents on their own dime with their own personnel. They have neither the funds nor the manpower to keep this up. What is CDPHE doing to ease their burden or encourage primary care physicians to take on this work?
From Lily Tyson to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Lily Tyson, KUNC – Data released yesterday shows that about half the deaths in the state are at nursing and residential care facilities. Are these residents dying at the facilities or are they being moved to hospitals? Are families allowed to remove individuals from nursing and residential care facilities that have a confirmed case of COVID-19? Or are they required to stay to not risk spreading COVID-19?
From Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media: At a news conference yesterday, the governor spoke about a graph that showed different case trajectories based on amounts of social distancing. It also showed detected cases of COVID-19 appearing to (in Polis’ words) “plateau” around 2,500 cases between late March and early April. That doesn’t appear to match up with the state’s graph at covid19.colorado.gov, which shows about 1,400 cases March 25 increasing steadily to 5,150 on April 5. What explains the discrepancy? Was the governor’s presentation showing a hypothetical model?
From John Herrick to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Where is Colorado at today in terms of social distancing (as a %)? And what is the current infection rate (R0)? With this information, does the April 6 CU model still apply when trying to predict a peak? John Herrick, The Colorado Independent
From Blair.Miller@TheDenverChannel.com to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Blair Miller, Denver7: Do you have any data on essential worker industries that have been hardest hit by COVID? E.g. hospitalizations, deaths in various industries like health care workers, grocery, etc?
From Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media to Everyone: 11:00 AM
Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media: Is it correct to say that when the stay-at-home order is lifted, COVID-19 cases will start to increase at a higher rate than what we’ve been seeing under the stay-at-home order? And how much will that increase in the rate of growth of cases be mitigated by mass testing, contact tracing, more specific quarantines and so on?
From Erin OToole to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Erin O’Toole / KUNC • How full are ICUs right now? Are you recommending team nursing or care teams as a way to meet demand?
From Sam Tabachnik to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Sam Tabachnik – Denver Post – Does the state have authority to fine companies that are not complying with state health guidelines?
From ccrden1kaw to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Kathy Walker, KOA Are you able to make any assumptions about the counties without CV cases in Colorado?
From Lily Tyson to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Lily Tyson, KUNC – The Governor has said that the next five days are critical to his decision to lift the stay at home order. What data is CDPHE providing to the governor that could influence that decision?
From Marianne Goodland to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics. The database on non-hospital facilities released yesterday no longer includes some facilities earlier reported by CDPHE. Why?
From Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media: When does the state expect to see the second wave of COVID-19, and when and how high will its peak be?
From Erin OToole to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Erin O’Toole/ KUNC We’ve heard that doctors and nurses are being asked to take pay cuts at hospitals. What impact does this have on care?
From Mike to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Mike Rice, KOA Radio – Given the growing financial strain on the healthcare industry, when will hospitals and medical facilities be able to resume with regular business, including elective procedures?
From Marianne Goodland to Everyone: 11:01 AM
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics, does the CDPHE plan to release the raw data on the CDPHE database?
From Elena Rivera to Everyone: 11:02 AM
Elena Rivera, KRCC News: Interested in knowing specifics about communities in Southern Colorado and how rural hospitals are dealing with the virus.
From Chris Vanderveen to Everyone: 11:02 AM
How confident is CDPHE that the state will have adequate testing capability if/when Governor starts to open up the state?
From John Herrick to Everyone: 11:04 AM
Are any hospitals using the crisis standards of care? John Herrick, The Indy
From kharden to Everyone: 11:05 AM
Kari Harden, Steamboat Pilot: In terms of flattening the curve, how accurate is the data if we can’t test everyone with symptoms?
From Chris Vanderveen to Everyone: 11:05 AM
Chris Vanderveen, 9News As an addendum to my previous question. We all know that mass testing will be key to an effort to start to reopen the state. what specific criteria are you looking at to tell you that we have enough testing to accomplish even a gradual reopening?
From squinton to Everyone: 11:05 AM
Sophie Quinton, Stateline: Why did CDPHE only recently begin releasing information about the race and ethnicity of COVID-19 patients?
From Jensen Werley to Everyone: 11:08 AM
Jensen Werley, Denver Business Journal: Can you give an update on the work the Innovation Response Team is doing. Are there any results or progress that can be shared?
From Rae Ellen Bichell to Everyone: 11:11 AM
Can you give a breakdown of what % of diagnostic tests the various labs/companies have done for Colorado patients so far (LabCorp, Quest, etc.)? – Rae Bichell, KUNC Rae Bichell, KUNC & Mountain West News Bureau: Does Colorado have a “testing czar,” someone with CDPHE who’s entire job is to focus on testing? If so, who is that person?
From Marianne Goodland to Everyone: 11:11 AM
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics: how is the CDPHE managing these outbreaks, given that the number of facilities with outbreaks has more than doubled in the past 10 days.
From Chris Vanderveen to Everyone: 11:11 AM
chris Vanderveen, now that the Colorado Hospital Association is reporting daily cases counts, can we expect CDPHE to modify how it reports hospitalizations moving forward (CdPHE is still relying on cumulative numbers as opposed to day-in-time count)
From Marianne Goodland to Everyone: 11:12 AM
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics, the governor seemed to indicate yesterday that there have been some facilities that aren’t adhering to the ban on visitors — is there evidence of that?
From John Herrick to Everyone: 11:12 AM
What steps has the state taken to address racial disparities in COVID-19 infections, deaths, etc.? John Herrick, The Indy
From TPeipert to Everyone: 11:15 AM
What specifically are you doing to curb the spread at meat packing plants? AP
From Kyle to Everyone: 11:17 AM
The Governor said the state would have the necessary data to determine future steps within five days but when should the public expect the new framework to be announced publicly? Kyle Clark, 9News
From Lucy Haggard to Everyone: 11:18 AM
Lucy Haggard, KGNU – there’s evidence that SARS-CoV2 was in the U.S. and likely even Colorado as early as January or February. how, if at all, is CDPHE looking at changing protocol for future pandemic situations to prevent the current situation of community spread? would any of that policy differ from federal guidelines?
From vinny del giudice to Everyone: 11:24 AM
This is Vinny Del Giudice @ Bloomberg. Do you have information on the death of a worker at Cargill beef plant in Fort Morgan?
From Libby Smith to Everyone: 11:25 AM
Libby Smith from CBS4 how close are we to getting the PPE sterilization machine you asked FEMA for?
From kbut to Everyone: 11:27 AM
Chris Biddle with KBUT – How will the state react if County’s local public orders are still in place when the Governor decides to start opening up the state? Will the State force county governments to open? The facility wide data did not include known outbreaks in Gunnison County. Why?
From kharden to Everyone: 11:28 AM
Kari Harden, Steamboat Pilot. National data is showing testing actually decreasing from last week to this week. Is that the same in Colorado?
From Lucy Haggard to Everyone: 11:30 AM
lucy haggard, kgnu – can you speak to the mental/emotional health side of the pandemic? have you seen increases in crisis calls or other metrics for people experiencing suicidality, abuse, etc?

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