Gov. Jared Polis starts quarantine after exposure to individual with coronavirus


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Colorado’s surge of coronavirus cases has reached the governor’s doorstep.


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Gov. Jared Polis announced late Wednesday that he is entering quarantine after exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The governor said he was tested for the virus Wednesday night, with the results coming back negative. But, because COVID-19’s incubation period can be up to two weeks, he is expected to be retested in the coming days.

Neither Polis nor his office provided additional information about the exposure, including when it happened and whether it occurred through work or off-the-clock.

Polis said he would follow the quarantine guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That guidance tells people who have been in “close contact” with someone who later tests positive to quarantine for a full 14 days, regardless of whether they themselves test negative. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more.

 This week, Polis strongly urged Coloradans to stay home for Thanksgiving and celebrate only with people from their own household. He said he, his partner and their children would be doing just that, to avoid potentially exposing loved ones to the virus.

“We simply love them too much and they love us too much to put one another at risk,” Polis said. “I think most people don’t want to gamble with the lives of their, particularly, elderly family members.”

Colorado reported more than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There were 1,794 people with COVID-19 or suspected of having the disease in Colorado hospitals, the highest level ever recorded. During the initial surge of the pandemic in the spring, hospitalizations peaked just shy of 1,300.

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