Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is expected to provide and update on the state’s coronavirus response about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Coloradoan will share the live video of the news conference here when it begins.
Last week, Polis announced plans to expand state lab capacity to process COVID-19 tests faster. A national backlog of COVID-19 tests is causing Coloradans to receive delayed results, Polis said.
Some Coloradans have waited 10 to 12 days to receive their COVID-19 test results, which is “almost worthless” because after that amount of time “you’re either in the hospital or you’re better,” Polis said last week.
The national labs have been receiving “tens of thousands” of tests to process per day from states currently seeing COVID-19 case spikes, like Arizona, Texas and Florida, Polis said.
“We can’t count on our national partners. There is no national testing strategy, so we’re going to lead by example in Colorado and be one of the states that gets it right,” Polis said.
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