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States Respond to COVID-19: Case Counts Surge on West Coast

Colorado on Nov. 9 reactivated its statewide crisis standards of care related to health care workforce staffing. Crisis standards of care allow hospitals to implement staffing measures to meet the increasing medical needs of their communities and best manage the influx of patients with COVID-19 or any other illness. Further, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved booster vaccines for all eligible adults to help offset the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, California’s Department of Public Health said health care providers should not deny a booster shot to any adult who requests one, as long as they meet the timeline requirements for a booster. The letter also encourages providers to proactively reach out to those who are ages 65 and older, medically compromised, and initially received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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