Video: Polis Says Colorado Has A ‘Slow, But Steady Rise In Cases And Hospitalizations’

Gov. Jared Polis has again asked Coloradans to wear masks and practice social distancing to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The state has seen an upward trend of new cases over the last two weeks but is still faring better than states like Arizona, Texas or California.

"The underlying message is cases are growing slowly but consistently and that's the wrong trend," he said in his July 14 coronavirus update. "We want them decreasing slowly but consistently."

The governor urged people not to get complacent. They need to stay as diligent as they were in late May and early June. That will help keep the virus under control and avoid drastic measures like postponing elective surgeries again.

On Tuesday morning, Polis told Colorado Matters the reasoning behind his reluctance to enact a statewide face-covering order, and said of reopening Colorado's schools, "We can't sacrifice our children's future just because of the pandemic."