Watch live: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis provides coronavirus response update Thursday
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response at about 2:05 p.m. Thursday.
Earlier this week, Polis extended the state’s safer-at-home order, relaxing restrictions for older Coloradans and encouraging everyone to recreate in the “vast, great outdoors.”
The new phase extends through July 1, and comes just after restaurants, campsites and more were allowed to resume limited operations statewide.
The state also released more relaxed guidelines for short-term rentals, child care facilities and personal services like salons on Monday as well as draft guidelines for loosening restrictions for places or worship, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and organized outdoor recreation and sports.
Public feedback is welcomed on these draft guidelines through noon Wednesday at https://tinyurl.com/cocoviddraft. They will be finalized this week.
Colorado has seen significant successes in recent weeks in the coronavirus response, Polis said earlier this week. Hospitalization rates are down and testing has increased to 7,000-8,000 being processed daily.
However, state public health officials warned earlier this week that, while hospitalized cases are declining, the rate of hospitalization is slowing. The infection rate, while currently low enough to significantly slow the spread of the virus, is also rising.
Current models of the virus show that a second peak later this year could be worse than the first peak Colorado saw in April, Colorado public health officials told reporters earlier this week.
Polis also addressed recent protests in response to the in-custody death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, in a news conference Tuesday. Polis encouraged all those who participated in demonstrations to get a free coronavirus test.
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