By Robin Clutters

We know many of you have questions about coronavirus. That’s why every week on CBSN Denver, we get your coronavirus questions answered by CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida.

(CBS4) – Last week, Gov. Jared Polis announced the state would be shutting down bars once again. Dr. Dave Hnida says the governor made a good decision based on the increase of cases and hospitalizations in Colorado, and on what’s happening in other states.

“Take a look at other states like Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. You’re seeing a huge rise in coronavirus cases, and a lot of it is attributed to bars and parties,” Hnida said on Monday.

Hnida says it will be important to see how the numbers change in the weeks to come.

“I think the governor made a good, decisive, proactive move in making that decision when it came to bars. I think it’s going to be really important in weeks to come as we take a look at other venues and see whether the state will be able to keep them open.”

Many people gathered for 4th of July festivities over the weekend. Could that lead to a rise in cases? Hnida says it’s something that concerns him right now.

“The tendency is to see a rise in the weeks after an event,” Hnida said, though he warns it could take longer. (There was a slight rise in the number of coronavirus patients admitted to Colorado hospitals over the holiday weekend.)

“If some people do wind up becoming infected over the holiday, what will happen if some are asymptomatic, is they can spread the virus to family members, loved ones, coworkers and so forth. Those cases may not show up for a month-and-a-half from now.”

Hnida said it could only be a matter of time before we see the effects of the holiday on coronavirus cases in Colorado.

Q&A with Dr. Dave airs every Monday at 11 a.m. on CBSN Denver.

Robin Clutters

Comments (4)
  1. greenraver says:

    So bars have been closed for several weeks now and yet cases are continuing to rise proportionally to the number of tests being performed (this somehow surprises people?). So I guess bars aren’t really the issue.

  2. Joe Bloe says:

    Polis has to do something drastic since the economy was bouncing back faster than anyone expected…and he didn’t want that since undermines the plans of Democrats. Figure it out folks, he is in it for himself and not for you.

  3. Kim says:

    Mass rioting in the streets is an obvious venue as well, but deemed necessary. Fake news only reports fake news.

  4. Bars are an obvious venue likely to facilitate transmission of COVID-19. You should take note of what most people have managed to ignore: nationally, the rate of deaths from COVID-19 has been dropping every week for over two months and it is now barely elevated above seasonal norms for deaths from similar diseases; the death rate cannot soar again until it first stops declining. The CDC’s COVIDView report is released every Friday.

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