Gov. Jared Polis gave an update May 18 on coronavirus testing in Colorado, saying anyone who is symptomatic (and some essential workers) can be tested. USA TODAY Handout
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is expected to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response during a news conference Thursday at about 12:45 p.m.
The Coloradoan will share a livestream of the news conference here when it begins.
On Wednesday, the state health department reported 231 new confirmed coronavirus cases statewide and 29 deaths. Larimer County health officials reported no new confirmed cases in the county, two probable cases and one new death, which had occurred on May 22.
Polis announced earlier this week plans to move the state into a new phase of coronavirus restrictions called Protect Our Neighbors. Under the new guidance, counties that have shown significant progress in limiting the spread of the virus and have the ability to monitor for an control outbreaks would be allowed to reopen everything at 50% capacity.
Counties approved for the Protect Our Neighbors phase would have more flexibility in dealing with the virus on a smaller, local level, rather than having to follow statewide restrictions, Polis said.
The new phase is expected to start being implemented later this month or in early July, Polis said Monday.
In Monday’s news conference, Polis also released draft guidelines for further relaxing restrictions for personal services, bars, large events and summer camps. Those guidelines are set to be finalized and implemented at the end of this week.
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