Governor Polis Activates Colorado National Guard to Increase COVID-19 Testing

Thursday, December 30, 2021

DENVER - Today, Governor Polis authorized the activation of over 200  Colorado National Guard members to support testing sites and other COVID19 response and recovery activities in Colorado. The additional support will start January 1st and be in support of multiple sites across the state.  

“With high prevalence of omicron in Colorado, we need to ensure Coloradans can access testing without long waits, enabling them to isolate, notify contacts, and keep from spreading the virus to their loved ones,” said Governor Jared Polis. “The National Guard has been a critical partner for the entirety of the pandemic response. This additional support will help Coloradans access testing this holiday weekend by reducing wait times at major free community testing locations.” 

Testing is a critical strategy in slowing disease transmission. Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who is experiencing symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate. There are more than 150 free community testing sites across the state, and advance appointments are strongly encouraged.