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Gov. Jared Polis gives update on COVID-19 in Colorado, Dec. 11

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COLORADO (KRDO) -- Recent data shows the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Colorado appears to be leveling out. However, Governor Jared Polis said Friday, that's no excuse for Coloradans to let their guard down.

At least 4,678 new cases and 1,559 hospitalizations were reported in Colorado on Friday.

"There's been a leveling out. It hasn't gotten worse, but it hasn't gotten much better," Polis said.

Meantime, Colorado is anticipating 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine within the next week and 95,600 from Moderna soon after.

Polis said locations receiving the vaccines will have a deadline to administer them, or risk losing access.

"All of the entities who are receiving it, have to administer it within 72 hours or we'll take it back and use it for someone else."

Parkview Medical, Penrose St. Francis and UC Health Memorial Central have each been allocated between 1,000 to 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, depending on location.

Those hospitals, along with UC Health Memorial North and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo anticipate doses from Moderna to follow shortly after.

County health departments in El Paso, Pueblo, Teller and Fremont have also been allocated doses.

"Our ability to quickly vaccinate folks and report those doses administered is going to be very important in reaching more immunity levels, saving lives, returning to normal."

Ahead of the Christmas holiday, Polis advised Coloradans to avoid travel if at all possible. He said if people do plan to visit with loved ones, to begin quarantine at least 10 days in advance.

Watch the full briefing below:

Colorado is expecting shipments of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna later this month. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a list Friday that shows where the first shipments of the vaccines are going.

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