05-15-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response

CO Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on COVID-19 Response for May 15, 2020

Governor Polis Provides Update on Colorado’s Response to COVID-19 

Gov. Discusses Colorado Communities Coming Together in Day of Remembrance for Coloradans Lost to COVID-19

 DENVER – Gov. Polis today updated Coloradans on the state’s response to the coronavirus and discussed how Colorado communities are coming together in a day of remembrance for the Coloradans lost to COVID-19.

“It is important to remember that those we have lost are more than just numbers on a bulletin, or a statistic, or an obituary in the local newspaper. Every person we have lost to this horrible pandemic has a story and a community of loved ones in mourning. It’s on all of us to come together to support each other during these times of such agonizing grief,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It remains critical that we all do our part: wear a mask when leaving the house, wash our hands frequently, and continue staying home as much as possible. If we all do our part, we can help protect ourselves, our neighbors, those who are vulnerable and the front lines workers who are trying to keep us safe.”

At 7:00 p.m., the State Capitol, along with cities, counties and other organizations, will be turning their building lights red to honor those who have fallen victim to this deadly virus. The state is encouraging buildings and businesses across the state to turn their lights red at 7:00 p.m. and for police and fire departments to turn their lights on at 7:00 p.m. for one minute. Coloradans can participate by wearing a mask or face covering and observe a moment of silence at 7:00 p.m. Coloradans are also encouraged to post on social media to raise awareness about the remembrance event.

At the time of this release, the following cities, counties have confirmed that they will participate:

City and County of Broomfield

City of Littleton

Town of Green Mountain Falls

City and County of Denver

City of Lone Tree

Town of Gypsum

City of Alamosa

City of Longmont

Town of Keenesburg

City of Arvada

City of Louisville

Town of Kersey

City of Aspen

City of Loveland

Town of Lyons

City of Aurora

City of Manitou Springs

Town of Mancos

City of Boulder

City of Northglenn

Town of Monument

City of Burlington

City of Pueblo

Town of Morrison

City of Castle Pines

City of Sheridan

Town of Mountain Village

City of Centennial

City of Thornton

Town of Mt. Crested Butte

City of Colorado Springs

City of Victor

Town of Nederland

City of Commerce City

City of Westminster

Town of Oak Creek

City of Craig

City of Wheat Ridge

Town of Pagosa Springs

City of Dacono

City of Woodland Park

Town of Palisade

City of Durango

City of Yuma

Town of Paonia

City of Edgewater

Commerce City

Town of Parachute

City of Englewood

Town of Avon

Town of Parker

City of Evans

Town of Bennett

Town of Rangely

City of Federal Heights

Town of Blue River

Town of Red Cliff

City of Fort Collins

Town of Breckenridge

Town of Severance

City of Fort Morgan

Town of Carbondale

Town of Silverthorne

City of Fountain

Town of Crested Butte

Town of Silverton

City of Fruita

Town of Dillon

Town of Telluride

City of Glendale

Town of Dolores

Town of Vail

City of Glenwood Springs

Town of Elizabeth

Adams County

City of Greeley

Town of Erie

Boulder County

City of Greenwood Village

Town of Estes Park

Douglas County

City of Gunnison

Town of Firestone

Elbert County

City of Idaho Springs

Town of Frederick

Lake County

City of La Junta

Town of Frisco

Las Animas County

City of Lafayette

Town of Garden City

Park County

City of Lakewood

Town of Granby

Pueblo County

City of Lamar

City of Montrose

Town of Grand Lake

Summit County

The following organizations and buildings have confirmed that they will participate:

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Denver Broncos

Colorado Rockies

The Pepsi Center

Empower

  Field at Mile High

Coors Field

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

McNichols Civic

Center Building

Other Denver city

& county buildings

History Colorado

Colorado School of Mines

Edgemark Self Storage

Fort Garland Museum

& Cultural Center

Fort Vasquez Museum

Trinidad History Museum

Today is also Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors the critically important law enforcement officers who put themselves on the line to protect their communities. Colorado is commemorating this day by lowering flags to half staff from sunrise to sunset. Now more than ever, Colorado first responders and officers on the front lines are crucial to protecting public health and safety.

The Governor also took a moment to thank senior care facility workers who work with seniors and other vulnerable populations.

Gov. Polis announced that the state joined a letter to the federal government requesting that ski resorts can access relief funds like the Paycheck Protection Program. Many of Colorado’s prestigious ski areas have been denied loans because the workforce is seasonal, though seasonal workers are even more vulnerable to an economic crisis like the one Colorado is experiencing. Colorado’s tourism and outdoor recreation industries are a crucial part of the state’s economy.

The Boettcher Foundation has approved more than $1 million in biomedical research grants for several of Colorado’s top research hospitals and universities, including:

  • University of Colorado

  • Colorado State University

  • Children’s Hospital

  • And National Jewish

Biomedical research is a top public health priority for response, treatment, and future pandemic prevention, and Colorado is proud to have this life saving work done in Colorado.

View the Governor’s presentation and watch the full news conference.

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