“Now is the time:” Gov. Polis orders statewide stay-at-home order

Coronavirus

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis ordered a statewide stay-at-home order to begin Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m. and stretch through April 11, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re issuing a stay-at-home order to save lives,” he said. “We’re talking about thousands of Coloradan lives, perhaps tens of thousands of Coloradan lives.”

This order, Governor Polis stressed, is temporary law.

“Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Gov. Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing our friends, family and neighbors rise to the challenge, donating their time, money or extra supplies to support relief efforts at the state and local levels. We are in this together and this is the season to stay at home to save lives.” 

This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including: 

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open 
  • Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

“When Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump agree you know that it’s important. It doesn’t matter what your political persuasion is no matter what your geography is the virus doesn’t care,” Polis said. “We are issuing this stay-at-home order to save lives, it could be your aunt or your uncle, could your parent or your grandparent it could be your own life.”

Read the full order here. Read the FAQ here. Read the public health order here.

FULL PRESSER BY GOVERNOR:

“The City of Colorado Springs will, of course, follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order announced earlier today. Because the physical order will not be available until late tonight, we cannot yet provide further guidance until we know the specifics and exceptions and exemptions that are or are not included.”  

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

The guidance to Fort Carson personnel is, “if you came to work today, you come to work tomorrow. Our readiness critical status is in compliance with the Gov’s order.” Commissary, PX. food delivery services remain unaffected. When outside of the installation all personnel are to comply with the state-wide guidance.

“We are asking you to the right thing, because it the right thing, saves lives and its the law of the state of Colorado,” Polis said.

As of March 25 at 4 p.m., the Colorado Case Summary, as detailed by the state, was listed as follows:

A further breakdown of deaths per County reads as follows:

Data as of March 25, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Polis says he will be able assess the impact of the stay-at-home over the next few days as data becomes available.

“You have the chance to be a hero and save thousands of lives by staying at home,” Polis said during Wednesday’s event.

Per the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, whether or not you are diagnosed with COVID-19, if you don’t need to be hospitalized, your treatment will be the same, no matter the test result. Ideally, everyone who wanted a test would be able to get one, but right now, that is not possible.

Remember to self-isolate if you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Use over-the-counter medications, such as you would for a cold or other respiratory illness.

However, you are advised to call 911 if you experience any of the following:
– Symptoms of heart attack or stroke
– Difficulty breathing or choking
– Difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing
– An allergic reaction
– Confusion, dizziness, or disorientation
– Sudden, severe pain

“We all care about the lives of our loved ones and we need to do everything we can

Several public health orders are in effect, right now, in Colorado:

Public Places:
– Restaurants, bars, gyms, performance and music venues, movie theaters, casinos, and many other businesses are closed. Delivery, pick-up, takeout, and drive-thrus are OK.
– Grocery stores, convenience stores, and food pantries are open.
– Pharmacies are open.
– Maintain social distancing, which is defined as at least six feet.

Events:
– There may be no social gatherings of 10 or more people.

Schools:
– All public and private schools are currently closed through April, 17, 2020.

Health Facilities:
– Nursing, assisted living and intermediate care facilities are closed to non-essential people. Call your facility to learn how you can stay in touch with your loved ones.

The state has also created a website, “Help Colorado Now”, which looks to sign up health care volunteers and collect donations.

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