WASHINGTON — Since almost the beginning of the pandemic, states have vied for the status of being the one that got the coronavirus response right. There was New York, with its intense lockdowns, followed by Florida’s edgy disregard for masks and vaccines. Neither of those approaches, however, ultimately turned out to be nearly successful enough to serve as a national model.
In recent weeks, though, Colorado has emerged as the model of a measured response that recognizes that people are yearning to return to normal without imperiling public health. The model could prove especially instructive as other Democratic states rush to lift mask mandates in recent days.
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