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Jared Polis: Colorado Ready for Coronavirus If It Arrives Here


As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, Governor Jared Polis says Colorado will be prepared for it if it gets here. KDNK's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz has more.

Polis says he is working on a response plan, and acting quickly will be critical. He stressed there are still no known cases of COVID 19 in Colorado. But he says residents should still be taking the same precautions they do for the flu.

POLIS: Stay home from work if you’re ill. And regularly wash your hands and make sure you engage in best hygiene practices.”

Polis says he is staying in touch with the Trump administration to keep tabs on the threat of the virus. He also says the first drill he did as governor was to prepare for a possible contagion like coronavirus.

Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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