Colorado Governor Polis is quarantined after coronavirus exposure


Colorado governor Jared Polis was quarantined after learning Wednesday that he was exposed to someone with a positive coronavirus.

“I learned tonight that I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19,” Polis wrote on Twitter.

The governor said it was tested on Wednesday night, with negative results.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis points out at a press conference how the state will respond to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Denver. (AP photo / David Zalubowski)

According to the guidelines of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and state health authorities, Polis will be closely monitored and “re-tested in the coming days,” his office said 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.

At the briefing, Polis said the Coloradans in 41 were contagious with COVID-19, according to FOX 21 News Colorado in Colorado Springs.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) reported 3503 new cases on Wednesday and 4,150 on Tuesday.

Prior to his possible exposure to the virus, Polis said he had abandoned his holiday plans to “set an example of a governor,” despite not seeing his parents in nine months.

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“I think it’s time for all Coloradans, including county elected officials, to really ask themselves the question: Are you on the side of the virus or Colorado?” he added.

Fox News Caitlin McFall contributed to this report