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Colorado governor issues stay-at-home order for all 5.7M residents

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado’s 5.7 million residents have been ordered to stay at home under a public order issued by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday.

Polis called the order an “extreme measure” to combat the spread of coronavirus within the state. The order will take effect beginning 6 a.m. Thursday, March 26, and last until April 11.

“The most important and responsible thing for you to do, for your state, for your country, for the lives of those around you and because it’s now the law of Colorado, is to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary…” Polis said during a press briefing in Denver.

People should only leave their homes when absolutely necessary. Examples of such necessity, he said, are grocery shopping, seeking medical care or care for dependents.

As of Wednesday, 1,086 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19 have died, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The number of people hospitalized by the disease doubled overnight, Polis said.

“To everything there’s a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die, and I want to share with my fellow Coloradans, now is not the time to die and we will not let it happen on our watch,” he said.

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