PUEBLO, Colo. — Gov. Jared Polis came to southern Colorado Tuesday to visit several local organizations and discuss the state’s coronavirus response.

Polis gave a press conference from Pueblo Community College, which he visited as part of his tour across southern Colorado.

Polis also visited:

  • The Citadel Mall coronavirus testing site in Colorado Springs
  • Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson
  • YWCA Pueblo
  • ActivArmor in Pueblo
  • Crites Produce in Avondale
  • East Side Child Care Center in Pueblo
  • Mobile Learning Lab at Pueblo Community College
  • The Colorado State Fairgrounds

In the morning, Polis was joined by Colorado Springs State Reps. Tony Exum and Marc Snyder and Sen. Pete Lee at the COVID-19 community testing site the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched with El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Springs community at The Citadel Mall. 

Polis then visited Patriot Elementary School at Fort Carson and met with the superintendent, teachers, and faculty.

The state is providing every school district with medical-grade KN95 masks for staff who work directly with students. The state said they have supplied 20,000 KN95 facemasks to school districts in Pueblo and 17,150 to districts in El Paso County.

Polis also met with ActivArmor in Pueblo. Before the pandemic, the company provided hygienic, waterproof alternatives to traditional casting and splinting. But since the pandemic, they have adapted their business to provide N95 masks that are washable and transparent, which improves communication between health care providers and patients.

In the afternoon, Polis visited two recipients of the COVID-19 Relief Fund: the YWCA Pueblo with State Rep. Bri Buentello, and the East Side Child Care Center with Senate President Leroy Garcia. To date, the COVID-19 Relief Fund has distributed nearly $22 million across Colorado, and in Pueblo and El Paso counties nearly $1 million has been distributed to 40 organizations, according to the governor’s office.

He then visited Pueblo Community College to help unveil the school’s newest mobile learning lab.

Polis also visited Crites Produce with State Reps. Bri Buentello and Rep. Daneya Esgar and later donned a Pueblo chile mask at his briefing.

Watch the governor’s press conference: