Video: Polis Urges Coloradans To Be Careful This Thanksgiving And Not Bring ‘A Loaded Pistol For Grandma’s Head’

Updated 2:19 p.m.

Oregon and New Mexico have issued sweeping two-week lockdowns.  Colorado local public health directors have urged something similar for local counties. But in his Friday briefing, Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado can weather this latest COVID-19 surge in cases by relying on people doing what's right.

Like quarantining before Thanksgiving dinner to protect older family members.

"The more family members that make that decision to self-quarantine, the more likely it is that you're not really bringing a loaded pistol for grandma's head," he said.

Polis expressed concern about hospital capacity and issued an executive order to set up a process for hospitals should they begin running out of beds.

At the start of the week, the governor pleaded with Coloradans to cancel their plans to help curb the spread and extended the statewide mask mandate — but stopped short of any shutdown orders. Local public health officials sent a letter to Polis asking for tougher measures on the pandemic, including requiring county-by-county lockdowns where warranted.