Polis: 1 in 49 Coloradans currently contagious with COVID-19


DENVER — One out of every 49 Coloradans is currently contagious with the coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis said in an update Friday.

In the update, Polis continued to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing, social distancing, and only socializing with members of your own household.

“We’re facing the most dangerous period yet in the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to be extra cautious. Even though many of you are doing what you need to do to protect yourself and those around you, we can all do a little more to be safer. That means avoiding personal gatherings, connecting with friends virtually, and wearing a mask in public,” said Governor Polis. “We’re all in this together — the next few weeks are absolutely critical, and we have to bear down to get through this pandemic with lives and our economy intact. We must do this for ourselves, loved ones, frontline workers, and everyone working hard to keep our community safe.”

The U.S. reached a grim milestone earlier this week, with more than 250,000 Americans losing their lives to COVID-19 since the pandemic began — twice the number of Americans lost in World War I.

More than 2,700 lives have been lost in Colorado, and more than 12,000 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. 

Joining the Governor today to share their experiences with the pandemic were Dr. Alan-Michael Vargas, Chair of Board of Directors for Colorado Rural Health Center and Physician at the Grand River Health Clinic, as well as Marisa Duran, who also works at the Grand River Health Clinic as the Clinic Manager. Ms. Duran shared her experience as a COVID survivor. 

“Living and practicing medicine in rural Colorado, it would have been easy to imagine COVID as something that only plagues urban areas, but even though our neighbors can be separated by acres of land, we’re seeing it spread through our communities,” said Dr. Vargas. “I’ve spent hours of the last weeks wearing a rubber gown in our respiratory clinic. What works to prevent this is minimizing our individual risk through mask-wearing and social distancing.”

“It’s very hard to say where I got COVID – the grocery store, work, a friend. My symptoms hit me really quickly, without warning. I never thought that I had COVID or that my test results would come back positive,” said Ms. Duran. “I’m a pretty healthy woman, and it really took the best of me through the whole process.”

The update was held remotely. Healthcare professionals from Grand River Health Clinic in Battlement Mesa, which is on the Western Slope, joined Polis for the update.

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