Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is in quarantine after finding out he was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
A test taken by Polis Wednesday came back negative, according to a news release sent to media just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Polis will remain in quarantine according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He will be monitored closely during his quarantine, according to the news release, and will be re-tested for COVID-19 “in the coming days.”
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Leading up to news of his exposure, Polis urged Coloradans to stay home for Thanksgiving to slow the spread to the virus that causes COVID-19.
“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with members of your household and have a virtual dinner with your friends and family from outside your home,” Polis said in a Wednesday morning Facebook post.
“The best way to show your loved ones you care is by keeping our distance and not interacting with people you don’t live with,” he said in a Tuesday post.
Polis has continually touted the importance of wearing masks, practicing social distancing and limiting interactions with those outside your immediate household.
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In his most recent public news conference Tuesday, Polis fielded questions about county leaders and various businesses refusing to comply with increased restrictions.
“I think it’s time for every Coloradan — and that includes county elected officials — to really ask themselves: Are you on the side of the virus or are you on the side of Colorado?” he said.
Coloradoan reporter Erin Udell contributed to this report.
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