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Northern Colorado officials named as part of governor’s coronavirus advisory committee

Sady Swanson
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published 7:07 PM EDT May 4, 2020

Two Northern Colorado officials have been selected to be on the advisory committee to provide input from local communities on the state’s coronavirus response, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Monday. 

On April 24, Polis announced he’d be forming the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Cooperation and Implementation to “ensure that we’re hitting the benchmarks that we’ve set and that the rules are enforced so we can sustain and grow upon this new normal for the long haul.” 

Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson and Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint will represent Larimer County and Northern Colorado on the committee.

The board advises Polis, his chief of staff and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on public health policies and how they work in “the real world,” Polis said.

That includes ways to maximize social distancing measures, and how the state can best work with local governments, public health entities and businesses “to make sure that we have real compliance with the meaningful steps that the state is taking and that the health departments are taking to protect us from outbreaks and keep us as safe as possible,” Polis said. 

The committee is made up of county commissioners, mayors, public health officials, police chiefs and a fire chief from different areas of the state and from different sized communities, Polis said.

Here are the other members, announced by Polis during Monday’s news conference: 

These local representatives will work with state officials “to make sure that we can, in a very real way, keep people as safe as possible while we go about our lives,” Polis said. 

Testing expands statewide

Polis previously announced statewide efforts to expand testing, and now the state is providing an online map of community-based testing sites for people needing to find a testing location.

The map lists one Larimer County testing site at the Larimer County Health Department, 2350 Research Boulevard, Fort Collins. According to the state health department, the Fort Collins site is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a scheduled lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Any symptomatic individual can get tested, and no appointment or doctor’s note is required. 

Polis said this is not an all-encompassing list of where tests are available, and hospitals and other health care facilities are also continuing to provide tests.

Sady Swanson covers crime, courts, public safety and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support our work and local journalism with a digital subscription at Coloradoan.com/subscribe.

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