“It’s not about politics, it’s about people’s health:” Governor Polis updates state on coronavirus cases

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DENVER (KDVR) — Governor Jared Polis address the state Wednesday evening, to update the public on new coronavirus cases, as well as the impact the virus is having on Colorado and beyond.

“This will get worse before it gets better,” Governor Polis said.

There is a total of 33 cases statewide, including what the Governor calls a “hot spot” in Pitkin County.

A drive-up testing lab for coronavirus in Denver at 8100 E. Lowry Boulevard opened Wednesday, however, only patients with a doctor’s order will be seen.

Governor Polis says he wants to open more testing sites so anyone with flu-like symptoms can get fast results.

He says his administration is prioritizing setting up a testing facility in the high country by the end of this week to prevent the spread of the virus in the mountain community and detect those who might have been exposed.

On Tuesday, Polis announced one of his top priorities is expanding testing capabilities in Colorado.

“The bottom line is this – the more people we test and the sooner we do it, the better chance we have at containing this,” Polis said.

Polis told Vice President Mike Pence in a phone call Monday that the state is dealing with a shortage of testing capabilities in Colorado.

“I stressed the need for exponentially more testing in Colorado,” Polis said.

Right now, Colorado has about 900 testing kits. Polis says we should see an additional 1,500 tests this week.

LabCorp also now has testing capability for its entire physician network.

“With LabCorp’s extensive network, those tests should be widely available across Colorado,” Polis said. 

It will be a longer wait – LabCorp’s testing process requires three to four days to receive results, whereas the state is able to see results in about 24 hours.

“But more testing is good, even with a longer turn-around,” Polis said.

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