Colorado has begun to see a decline in coronavirus case rates over the past few weeks, according to the latest public health data.
Between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon, 3,858 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Colorado, according to public health data.
As of Monday, 311,036 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the state among 2,047,121 tests that have been administered since the outbreak began, health officials confirmed. Around 17,228 people have been hospitalized.
Colorado's COVID-19 death toll:
Deaths due to COVID-19: 3,511
Deaths among cases: 4,378
Around 42 percent of the state's critical care ventilators were in use as of Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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Around 21 percent of Colorado hospitals reported anticipating staff shortages over the next week, and 6 percent of hospitals reported anticipating ICU bed shortages.
Many Colorado counties continue to operate under 'Level Red' on the state's COVID-19 dial. Under the level, indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited, and the last call for ordering alcohol is 8 p.m.
Colorado has received its first vaccine shipments, which go to high-risk health care workers — those who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more.
"This is great news for our health care workers and those at highest risk in our state and the beginning of the end of the pandemic," Gov. Jared Polis said.
"This vaccine is an amazing scientific triumph for humanity and the distribution which starts today is a historic undertaking.
"We still have a ways to go and Coloradans should double down now and continue to do what we know works in the fight against this virus and that's wearing masks, physically distancing, and avoiding personal gatherings."
Colorado plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in three phases over the next nine months.