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Gov. Polis provides update on state's response to COVID-19

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 15:27:39-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis provided an update Tuesday afternoon on the state's response to COVID-19 and unveiled a new data dashboard that breaks down coronavirus information by county.

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Polis said there are early warning signs recently in an uptick of numbers that he said is in part due to colleges that have started the semester recently.

State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said the concern with cases among college-aged students is that they could spill out to older populations and those outside of the college environment.

Polis reiterated the use of masks, avoiding large gatherings, and hand washing to help combat the virus. A new data dial for COVID-19 was introduced by the governor that provides information by each county.

This conference follows the governor's extension of the statewide mask mandate over the weekend. Prior to extending the executive order, Polis said on Friday that mask-wearing has allowed the state to open many businesses and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Friday's conference, he also said he hopes to end the mandate as soon as possible, and if the state's nightlife can return successfully, the mask requirement will be re-evaluated.

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