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Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor say President Donald Trump's threat to send the military into places where some people have committed acts of violence and vandalism at protests could cause more unrest.


Gov. Jared Polis announced earlier this week that the state will begin gradually reopening once the current stay-at-home order expires on Sunday, April 26. Here's a quick rundown of what will change, and what won't, starting next Monday.

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COVID-19 is closing down meatpacking facilities across the country. At least 15 plants in nine states have either closed or reduced hours in response to outbreaks.

Workers at these plants tend to be among the most vulnerable: refugees and first-generation immigrants. Government officials have deemed them essential, but some say they're not being treated that way.


In a normal April, the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver hosts a car show and business conferences this time of year.

But this week, construction crews are working inside to put 2,000 hospital beds in the convention center to accomodate a possible surge of COVID-19 cases.

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In a rare statewide address, Gov. Jared Polis said he is extending Colorado's stay-at-home order another two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking from the governor's mansion, Polis said he will lift the restrictions sooner than April 26 if he feels it's safe.

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Back in February, David Sislowski was sitting at a coffee shop in Windsor when a friend suggested he make an Instagram account for his mayoral campaign. That must be a joke, the former corporate lawyer thought. He’d never even used the app before. 

After some resistance, the friend walked him through the process of setting up an account. He took a selfie and posted it, thinking the whole thing was kind of funny. 

“Looking back, it was a smart move,” he said. Within a few short weeks, all of his in-person campaign events were cancelled to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis offered a stark warning on COVID-19 to the people of his state in an address Friday.

“Colorado hasn’t seen the worst of this. The United States hasn’t seen the worst of this. The world hasn’t seen the worst of this,” he said.

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Gov. Jared Polis said Monday the dramatic social distancing measures residents are taking in Colorado appear to be working.

Polis said new testing results suggest the spread of the COVID-19 may be slowing days after schools, bars and restaurants were ordered to close their doors around the state. He reported it is now taking five days for cases of the virus to double statewide.

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Gov. Jared Polis is defending his decision to issue a stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

During a news conference Friday, he said state health officials told him that if he didn't take aggressive action to keep residents isolated from one another, COVID-19 could kill as many as 33,000 Coloradans by June 1.

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As of Thursday morning, Gov. Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home order is in full effect. Polis said the state's previous social distancing efforts have not been effective at slowing the virus. So what can and can't you do under the new order? What jobs are considered essential?

Here's the basic rundown.