Colorado appears to be facing a third wave of COVID-19.
The state recorded the highest 7-day average of new confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic during the past week, according to state data.
The new confirmed cases surpassed 800, Gov. Jared Polis announced in a press conference Friday. He says the spike in cases is due to "coronavirus fatigue" or the overwhelming response of feeling fed up with the pandemic.
Even as the pandemic drags on into its ninth month, Polis said mask wearing, social distancing and washing hands are as important as ever.
"We need to be smarter, we need to redouble our efforts," Polis said.
Polis also focused on hospitalization data during Friday's conference emphasizing that the virus doesn't discriminate by age, race or gender.
Earlier during the pandemic Latino and other minority communities led in hospitalizations, but now white Coloradans now surpass all other racial and ethnics groups, making up 52.4% of those hospitalized.
The spike in coronavirus cases is also a concern as the holiday months quickly approach with family gatherings on the horizon, Polis said. But with high hopes of a vaccine on the way, Polis said he's optimistic for the future.
"I believe that more of this is behind us than ahead of us," Polis said