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With COVID-19 cases rising, Governor Polis encourages Coloradans to work remotely

Governor Polis has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to return to level 1.
Governor Polis has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to return to level 1.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Published: Nov. 15, 2020 at 9:48 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2020 at 5:39 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Governor Jared Polis is asking Coloradans to work from home, if possible. Currently, about one in 110 people are actively contagious in the state.

"Coloradans working remotely when possible will save lives,” the Governor said. “Every Coloradan needs to step up and do our part to keep our communities healthy and our economy running, and they include working from home whenever possible these next few weeks.”

On Saturday, Governor Polis announced that he has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to return to level 1. This allows for all state agencies, federal partners, and organizations serving the crisis to better coordinate Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know we have the resolve to do what is necessary to defeat this virus,” Polis said, adding, “It’s up to us, Colorado, the time for change is now.”

As of Sunday, there are nearly 1,200 patients hospitalized with the virus in Colorado. Governor Polis also signed an executive order this weekend which clarifies the state’s response if there is a shortage of ICU beds. The plan calls for increasing bed capacity by at least 50 percent.

The Governor also shared that he will update previous public health orders to prepare hospitals for a surge of patients. Hospitals at more than 70 percent capacity will soon have to scale back elective procedures, ensuring space for COVID-19 patients.

“Cases and hospitalizations have continued rising, with over 1,100 Coloradans currently hospitalized for COVID,” stated Governor Polis. “We simply must do a better job of wearing masks, physically distancing, and avoiding social interactions with those outside our households.”

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