BOULDER, Colo. – Boulder and Jackson counties in Colorado have been designated as having high rates of COVID-19 transmission by the Centers for Disease Control.
As the holiday weekend approaches, some health experts are warning that increased travel could lead to a further rise in cases as they continue to rise across the country.
The CDC recommends communities with high virus rates wear masks indoors as well as on public transportation. He also recommends everyone who is able to get vaccinated and tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms.
This update from the public health agency comes as crowds flock to Boulder for the Boulder Creek Festival and the BOLDERBoulder 10k race over Memorial Day weekend. While a few chose to mask up even while outdoors on Saturday, the vast majority did not.
“I feel like we’ve been locked in for a really long time,” said Rachel Klopper, who was visiting Boulder from Denver. “I mean obviously you always have to be safe – get vaccinated, wear masks indoors. But, being outside now in the open air, and being able to interact with other people without being terrified and being able to see the summer, it’s really lovely.
CDC data shows the current case rate in Boulder County is nearly 319 per 100,000 population; but, even with cases trending in the wrong direction across the country, we are still well below the reported levels seen in winter during the omicron surge.