Gov. Jared Polis is extending the stay-at-home order for Colorado until April 26, which is an additional two weeks than the original order. He made the announcement Monday evening in an address to Coloradans.
"If there is any way to safely end it sooner, then we will," he said.
He also indicated though, that if residents aren't staying home, then it could be extended further.
Polis also said that he is "beyond furious" to have to shut down significant portions of the economy. "But if the choice is between a temporary shutdown and a catastrophic loss of life, the choice is clear. These closures and restrictions will be temporary. But when you lose a life, you lose it forever."
Polis also said there is a silver lining. "The data is telling us that thanks to the actions we have taken, we're starting to make progress."
Data, Polis said, shows in the beginning, the number of positive cases was doubling every 1.5 days, whereas today, the number of positive cases is doubling every six days.
Polis, along with health officials, continues to stress the benefits of washing hands, wiping down surfaces, and avoiding touching your face.
He also reiterated that residents should stay home, and if necessary to venture out, to practice social distancing and wear a cloth facial covering or mask that can be made from an old t-shirt or even a scarf.