State refuses to let public see local virus spread model

Colorado Politics: For the past few weeks, state health department officials have been working with an expert task force of physicians, researchers and mathematicians from local universities, to try to predict how the novel coronavirus spreading across the world might progress locally. 

The group of specialists provided three reports to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as of the end of last week, and Gov. Jared Polis presented some of the findings of the experts during a press conference Friday, March 27. Polis relayed some stark estimates during the press conference, with possible COVID-19 deaths in Colorado ranging from 900 to 33,200.

But CDPHE has so far refused to make public what the experts from the University of Colorado School of Public Health, School of Medicine and the University of Colorado at Boulder provided. And the agency has given conflicting explanations for why they won’t allow the public to see it.

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