Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis extended an Executive Order requiring individuals in Colorado to wear a medical or non-medical face covering due to the presence of COVID-19 in the state. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order requiring the temporary suspension of certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to the presence of COVID-19. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order redirecting underutilized resources to nursing facilities and selected Home and Community-Based Services through March 31, 2021, to help providers address the impacts of the pandemic, including severe staff shortages and substantial reductions in the use of these services due to COVID-19 in Colorado.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor: Statewide evening of remembrance — a year later: we honor and reflect

DENVER – Friday, March 5, marks one year since the state announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Colorado. During the past year, we have tragically lost nearly 6,000 Coloradans to this deadly virus. In an effort to honor those who we have lost over the last 12 months, Governor Polis invites all Coloradans, counties, cities, businesses, and organizations to participate in a virtual statewide Evening of Remembrance.

This is what we need your help with:

If you have building lights, turn them magenta at 6 p.m. Magenta represents universal love: compassion and kindness.

If communities are able to and feel it’s safe, that police and fire departments turn their lights on at 6 p.m. for one minute.

A virtual remembrance ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT and Governor Polis will then address the state of Colorado regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s address will be broadcasted through television, digital platforms, and on the Governor’s Facebook page. 

We encourage Coloradans to participate virtually and watch on television and digital platforms. 

WWII-era aircraft will perform a flyover from west to east over the state capitol at 4:30 p.m. MT. 

Cities, counties, organizations, businesses participating (will be updated on a rolling basis) include: 

Ridgeway 
Windsor 
Golden
Northglenn 
Aurora
Bennett
Superior
Pueblo
Centennial
Snowmass Village
Blue River
Fruita
Glenwood Springs
Colorado Springs
Arapahoe County
El Paso County
Denver
Durango
Boulder
Fort Collins
Ophir
Brighton
Commerce City
Arvada
Nederland
Denver Broncos – Empower Field at Mile High 
Colorado Rockies – Coors Field
Colorado State Capitol 

Governor: Statewide evening of remembrance — a year later: we honor and reflect

Governor Polis applauds approval of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis released a statement following reports that the U.S. FDA approved the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. 

“This is great news — our country will quickly be equipped with another life-saving and crisis-ending vaccine to help us in the fight against COVID-19. Colorado will continue working around the clock to ensure that there is an arm for every dose, that we are reaching at-risk populations and administering the vaccine as equitably as possible.”

Governor Polis also extended an executive order providing relief to public utility customers affected by COVID-19. Governor Polis also extended an executive order related to protections provided to Colorado tenants from late fees due to COVID-19.  

Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees. The Governor also extended an executive order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis applauds approval of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 response and vaccination progress

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. During his remarks, Governor Polis was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman and CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

“Equitable distribution of the vaccine is a top priority for Colorado and to continue that trend, the state is moving to a new phase next week of the vaccine prioritization plan where more doses of this lifesaving vaccine will be available to most vulnerable communities. I’m focused on ensuring that Coloradans who are at the most risk of COVID due to the environment they work in can receive the vaccine, so we can save more lives and end this pandemic,” said Governor Polis. 

Governor Polis announced that 90% of frontline healthcare workers who have stepped up to treat their fellow Coloradans have received both doses of the vaccine. Nearly all residents and staff in long-term care facilities across the state have been vaccinated. The state expects the program to be complete and for these individuals to be fully vaccinated in the next 10 days.

Governor Polis announced Colorado’s efforts to move into Phase 1B3 of the vaccine prioritization plan, which now includes current agriculture and grocery store workers, Coloradans aged 60 and older, and Coloradans aged 16-59 with two or more comorbidities. Phase 1B3 will begin on March 5th. 

“Please be patient and sign up for an appointment. As we announce this next phase and put more people into the phases, sign up and please be patient, you will have your turn to get the vaccine,” said Brigadier General Scott Sherman

“Getting this vaccine is safe, effective and it is a critical next step in ending this pandemic,” added CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

Governor Polis also announced that in late March Coloradans aged 50 and up will be able to get the vaccine, along with those in student-facing roles in higher education and other frontline workers, including restaurant and food service workers, bus drivers, U.S Postal Service workers, and manufacturing workers. The date of vaccinations for this group is set for late March, and dependent on vaccine supply.

View today’s press conference. View today’s presentation.

For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 

Governor Polis also extended an executive order related to the continued use of federal funds from Title V of the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act). 

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19 response and vaccination progress

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an Executive Order pertaining to juvenile justice. The Governor also extended an executive order allowing the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Communities of Care program to reprioritize existing funds for COVID-19 response, and an executive order that allows veterinarians to provide telehealth services.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Polis applauds confirmation from FDA that Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19

DENVER – Governor Polis released a statement following reports that the FDA has said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine protects against COVID-19. 

“I’m thrilled that a third safe and highly effective vaccine will soon arrive in Colorado. Having a vaccine that only requires one dose will help us move more quickly to end the pandemic, and I encourage the federal government to not only approve, but ramp up supply as quickly as possible. We are ready to use many more vaccine doses than we are currently receiving each week.”

Governor Polis applauds confirmation from FDA that Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The governor extended an Executive Order requiring hospitals and freestanding emergency departments that have reached capacity or are reasonably anticipated to reach capacity to notify the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and providing CDPHE with authority to direct those facilities to cease admitting new patients and/or transfer patients.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

CDPHE: seventh amended public health order

The governor’s seventh amended public health order has been amended. The following is a summary of the amendments.

Summary of changes for Seventh Amended PHO 20-36:

  • Section II.C.2.h:  Restaurants in Level Blue may accommodate up to 225 people indoors using the Distancing Calculator
  • Section II.C.2.k:  seated Indoor Events in Level Blue may accommodate up to 225 people indoors using the Distancing Calculator
  • Section II.D.2.k: Indoor Events in Level Yellow may accommodate up to 150 people using the Distancing Calculator
  • Section II.D.2.q:  table games are allowed Casinos in Level Yellow
  • Section II.E.2.q: table games are allowed for Casinos in Level Orange
  • Appendix M, Section V.C.3:  counties in Level Blue do not get any additional capacity for businesses certified to participate in the 5 Star Program
CDPHE: seventh amended public health order

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis signed an executive order extending the state’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. 

Governor Polis also extended an executive order related to marriage licenses, and extended an executive order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19.  

Additionally, the governor extended an executive order directing the Colorado Division of Insurance to enact a rule regarding rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic