Updated 3:01 p.m.
Gov. Jared Polis again pleaded with Coloradans in his Monday briefing to cancel plans and limit interactions as cases of COVID-19 surge. Cases and hospitalizations have grown rapidly as colder weather has forced people indoors.
Polis took a moment in his briefing to acknowledge the more than 2,000 people who have died from the virus in Colorado — and then he said "let's stop the bloodshed."
"All that's being asked of you is to cancel your social plans with people outside your household for the next few weeks," he said. "You can do that. You can do that."
More than 1,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado. And if trends don't change, hospitals could exceed ICU capacity within weeks.
Crime, retail sales and traffic crashes are up in Colorado in recent months — a possible indication that a lot of residents just aren't taking the pandemic so seriously anymore. Meanwhile, Denver has asked its residents to follow a 'Home By 10 p.m.' order that started on Sunday for at least 30 days.