Gov. Jared Polis says restaurant, bar closures have slowed coronavirus’ spread in Colorado |

Gov. Jared Polis says restaurant, bar closures have slowed coronavirus’ spread in Colorado

Statewide death toll reaches 51 as more than 2,600 people have tested positive in Colorado and 414 are hospitalized

Shelly Bradbury
The Denver Post
Colorado Governor Jared Polis during his press conference updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak at the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center March 27, 2020.
Andy Cross/The Denver Post

The forced closure of Colorado’s restaurants and bars two weeks ago appears to have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday.

The state’s cumulative case count had been doubling every two days but now is doubling every four days, and approaching every five, Polis said at a news conference as he described the slowed pace of the virus’ spread.

He believes that slowdown is a result of the March 16 order closing the state’s restaurants and bars to dine-in service and shuttering other large-scale gathering spaces like theaters and gyms.

“That’s a lot better than doubling every two days,” Polis said, adding that seeing cases double every five days still shows the virus is very contagious.

Though Polis announced Monday that the first person in Colorado under the age of 40 had died from the novel coronavirus, a spokeswoman later said the governor misspoke, and that no one under 40 has died. Rather, the spokeswoman said, two people in their 40s have died.

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