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Gov. Polis: Free coronavirus testing now available to all Coloradans with symptoms

Gov. Jared Polis also urges asymptomatic health care workers, grocery store employees to get tested for COVID-19

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis gets tested for COVID-19 by nurse Stephanie Campbell after a news conference outside of STRIDE Community Health Center in Wheat Ridge on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

Any Coloradan with coronavirus symptoms can now get tested, for free, whether or not they have health insurance, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday.

That’s a major change. In the early, mid-March days of the pandemic, Polis repeatedly said the state needed to be testing up to 10,000 people every day in order to execute an appropriate response — but Colorado, for many weeks, was only testing a few hundred people every day.

In those early months, testing was limited largely to front-line health workers and people who already were hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 or who had severe enough symptoms they could secure a doctor’s order.

Only recently has the state consistently been testing several thousand people per day, with its daily peak of about 4,500 reached last week.

Read the full story from The Denver Post.

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