Colorado is considered one of the riskiest states for Thanksgiving travel

Governor Polis may not have told Coloradans that hosting Thanksgiving without self-quarantine is like “bringing a loaded gun for Grandma’s head” this year, but a analysis shows Colorado to be one of the riskiest states for vacationing.

An analysis of data from QuoteAssistant, which is a Lending Tree company, ranked Colorado as the 7th riskiest states for Thanksgiving travel based on “health” and “driving” factors.

The “driving” factors that were taken into account included data on drunk driving, crashes and speeding. Colorado placed 19th in this category overall and worst in speed – 13th.

The “health” rankings were based on criteria primarily related to COVID-19, including vaccination rate, deaths and overall cases, as well as hospital capacity.

While Colorado ranks very poorly in the number of unvaccinated people (37th among states), the number of cases, deaths and a recent struggle with hospital capacity have resulted in an 8th place overall in regards the “health” Category.

The riskiest state for travel was Alaska, followed by Idaho and North Dakota. The safest state was Connecticut, Illinois and New York completing the three safest.

As for the fight against COVID-19 in Colorado, there were 1,574 confirmed and suspected hospitalizations related to COVID-19 as of November 19, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This compares to 1,645 confirmed and suspected hospitalizations related to COVID-19 on the same date last year.

A graph illustrating this data is available below:






Map: CDPHE.


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