(Bloomberg) -- Denver is lifting a public health order requiring Covid-19 vaccines for municipal employees and contractors, effective March 4, officials announced Wednesday.

Bob McDonald, executive director of the city’s Department of Public Health & Environment, thanked vaccinated workers for keeping “our hospital system from collapsing.” 

The order also applied to workers in high-risk settings, such as homeless shelters and schools. 

The number of people receiving positive test results in Denver dropped below 5% over the past week, officials said. In early January, 30% of people tested across Colorado received positive results, the highest of the pandemic.

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