Colorado Governor Polis is in quarantine after exposure to coronavirus



Colorado Governor Jared Polis went into quarantine after learning on Wednesday he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Tonight I learned that I had been exposed to an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19,” Polis wrote on Twitter.

The governor said he was tested Wednesday evening, with negative results.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis provided an update at a press conference on the state's response to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Denver.  (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Colorado Governor Jared Polis provided an update at a press conference on the state’s response to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health authorities, Polis will be closely watched and will be “retested in the next few days,” his office wrote in a statement.

The announcement comes after the governor held a briefing on Tuesday to encourage Coloradans to celebrate Thanksgiving safely, amid a growing number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

During the briefing, Polis said that one in 41 Coloradans is contagious with COVID-19, according to FOX 21 News Colorado, of Colorado Springs.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported 3,503 new cases on Wednesday and 4,150 on Tuesday.

Ahead of his potential exposure to the virus, Polis said he chose to cancel his vacation plans to “set an example as governor,” despite not seeing his parents for nine months.

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“I think this is the time for every Coloradan, and that includes county elected officials, to really ask: are you on the virus side or the Colorado side?” he added.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report


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