Gov. Polis Provides Update on Response to COVID-19

Friday, December 11, 2020

DENVER — Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the vaccine arriving in Colorado soon, we are one step closer toward ending the crisis brought on by this once-in-a-century pandemic, but we must redouble our efforts to wear masks and avoid socializing these next few weeks,” said Governor Polis. “Our top priority has always been to save the maximum number of lives and to end this crisis as soon as possible.”

“I want to thank Coloradans for their efforts during this challenging time. To slow transmission of this deadly virus this year we are all innovating and reimagining what celebrating the holidays looks like by celebrating virtually, avoiding unnecessary travel and shopping locally including online to support local businesses,” Governor Polis added

Colorado officials are hopeful that the state can get through vaccinations for Phase 1 this Winter, and the general population by the end of Summer 2021 - but this is dependent on steady shipments of vaccines from the federal government and steady administration of the vaccine by providers around the state. 

Recognizing the need for more federal relief in the coming months, the Governor announced today that he, along with the governors of Utah, Arizona, and Nevada are urging Congress to ensure that Western states can fairly address the financial and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Governor Polis joined a bipartisan group of governors  representing 1 in 3 Americans in calling for action to defeat COVID-19. 

As the holidays arrive, it still isn’t safe to celebrate the way Coloradans normally have in the past. Coloradans should connect virtually, avoid travel and shop locally to support our small businesses. Colorado is full of small businesses that carry far superior Colorado products that are perfect for letting your friends and family know that you care. Visit to find local businesses to support near you. 

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Governor Polis also took action on COVID-19 by extending an Executive Order increasing the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The Governor also extended an Executive Order related to criminal justice. 

Watch today’s press conference