COLORADO SPRINGS– Governor Jared Polis provides an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Polis said, “I’m announcing an executive order for all non-critical workplaces to reduce in-person workforces temporarily by 50 percent, and if you can, do it by more than 50 percent, through telecommuting through the shifting and staggering of schedules. If workplaces could convert to 100 percent telecommuting, I encourage them to do that.”
Here is a list of places the Governor’s office stated that are critical workplaces exempt from the new executive order:
- Health care operations.
- Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
- Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
- Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
- Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
- News Media.
- Financial Institutions.
- Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
- Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
- Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
- “Critical Government Functions.”
“As long as I am in a position to lead Colorado’s response, I will continue to take bold steps and do everything in my power to protect our medical workers, limit the severity and duration of this crisis, and save the lives of Coloradans,” Governor Jared Polis said. “In the short term, Coloradans must heed this order and take this gravely and seriously. But my team is moving as fast as they can to build a new Colorado paradigm to ensure that we can look more like South Korea’s successful containment strategy, and less like the public health disaster that is crippling Italy right now. The virus is here in our communities and we need to respond. And in a vacuum of federal leadership, others need to step up and here in Colorado we are doing and will do just that.”
Governor Polis encourages people to stay home unless obtaining critical supplies, or delivering supplies to those that must stay at home. For those wanting to go outside, he encourages people to do it less – and encourages social distancing, maintaining at least a six foot distance from others.
Polis announced the Innovation Response Team Task Force, which will:
- Develop a state-wide system for mass testing and rapid results
- Establish mobile and other technologies to track spread of virus and support those at risk and infected citizens
- Create a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine
On Sunday, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment announced 116 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 591 across Colorado.
Six deaths were reported in the state of Colorado.
To read the updated Colorado case numbers released Sunday, click here.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
- CALL OR EMAIL a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider’s advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about private lab sites where you can get tested.
- DO NOT go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
- DO call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.