Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials will speak after some Denver metro area counties enacted mask mandates.

DENVER — Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are giving an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

9NEWS is livestream the news conference scheduled for 11:10 a.m. in the video player above, on 9NEWS streaming devices, on the 9NEWS YouTube channel and on the 9NEWS app.  

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Speakers include the following:

  • Scott Bookman, COVID-19 incident commander
  • Dr. Alexis Burakoff, CDPHE medical epidemiologist
  • Nicole Comstock, CDPHE outbreak and field epidemiologist manager
  • Dr. Eric France, CDPHE chief medical officer

RELATED: Colorado governor says he isn’t considering statewide mask mandate

Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said on Tuesday that he is not considering a statewide order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polis also encouraged Coloradans to get vaccinated and to celebrate Thanksgiving in a way that minimizes risk to people who aren’t vaccinated.

When asked about mask mandates, Polis said he supports cities and counties in whatever actions they take that are appropriate for their communities.

“We’ve taken a line here where we are supportive of our local communities in recognition that we have a very diverse state,” Polis said.

In the Denver metro area, Denver, Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties will require masks in most indoor public spaces starting Wednesday as part of a regional effort. Boulder and Larimer counties already have mask mandates in place. Douglas and Broomfield counties are not requiring masks in indoor public spaces.

RELATED: Here are each county’s rules on masks in the Denver metro area

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