With COVID-19 surging across America, Colorado is now facing its third wave of the pandemic. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) just extended a state-wide mask mandate for another 30 days, ordered state employees to work remotely for the next few weeks and is encouraging Coloradans to halt all in-person social gatherings immediately. With the state almost reaching its limit in hospital capacity, Polis joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss how his state is coping with this relentless virus, and his hope that promising vaccine news may mean the pandemic is nearing an end.

Highlights

Moments before he sat down with Washington Post Live, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis spoke with President-elect Joe Biden and the National Governors Association Executive Committee about the exploding covid-19 pandemic. Polis said, “a lot of common ground was shared about where we are as a nation,” but added, "We can't afford to wait on a lot of these items." (Washington Post Live)
Parts of the U.S. are experiencing a surge in covid-19 cases. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said, “We know a lot about how it’s spreading, we don’t know why it has a regional peak.” (Washington Post Live)
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) just extended a state-wide mask mandate for another 30 days, as cases surge across the state. When asked if there are any other mandates he’s considering, Polis said the state is “working on a county-by-county basis.” “Our state is large and some areas are safer than others. There’s different safety protocols in different places.” (Washington Post Live)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D)

Governor Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, public servant, and Colorado native. After launching several successful companies, including one out of his college dorm room, Polis committed himself to making sure other Coloradans had the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Polis founded schools for at-risk students and new immigrants and started nonprofits to help veterans and entrepreneurs. Prior to serving as Governor, Polis served on the State Board of Education where he worked to raise pay for teachers and reduce class size for students, and represented Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district where he was rated the most effective member of the Colorado delegation. As Governor, Polis has been focused on saving Coloradans money, keeping our economy strong, and preserving our Colorado way of life. In his first term, Polis delivered universal free full-day Kindergarten, signed a number of bills to save families money on health care, and made significant progress towards the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040, all while cutting taxes for small businesses and investing in affordable housing and transportation."