Face masks have evolved from a utilitarian product into a customized accessory for personal expression. (Markian Hawryluk/KHN)

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With Colorado’s number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continuing to rise, health officials are once again urging people to wear masks in public.

“As public health officials, we are issuing this statewide advisory due to steadily increasing cases and a concern for hospital bed capacity,” metro Denver health officials wrote in a news release.

Colorado and the Denver metro area continue to see steady increases in COVID-19 cases, according to the release.

On Nov. 4, Colorado’s rate of daily new cases — 49 per 100,000 people — was the fifth highest in the country .

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