Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman evaluates favorable for coronavirus

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Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman on Sunday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming one of the highest profile Coloradans to fall ill with the disease.

“I came home from work late Thursday morning not feeling well, but thought I had just a very mild cold with a cough,” he said on Twitter. “Not to take any chances, I cleared my schedule to work from home until I could get tested just to make sure I didn’t have COVID-19.”

Coffman said his symptoms cleared by Saturday, but that he went to an urgent care clinic on Sunday to get a rapid test so he would be able to go back to the office and resume his schedule.

“Unfortunately, the results of the test were positive,” he said. “I will have to quarantine at home.”

Coffman, who is 65, served five terms as a congressman before winning a tight race last year to become Aurora’s mayor.

On Oct. 15, Coffman joined Gov. Jared Polis, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, state Sen. Julie Gonzales, D-Denver, and Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul López in Denver for a news conference on voting. Attendees wore masks and social distanced except for when they were speaking at a lectern.

Aurora is part of both Adams and Arapahoe counties, which have seen among Colorado’s highest coronavirus infection rates in recent weeks. Health officials have enacted new restrictions in both counties in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease.

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