Governor Jared Polis

San Juan Basin Public Health Update, April 5, 2021

Apr 5, 2021

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Southwest Colorado. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about the increase in cases, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis extending the statewide mask mandate.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced today, March 29th, that every Coloradan 16 years old and up will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivered his State of the State address to the legislatures yesterday. While the speech was mixed with somber moments around the virus and inequities, Polis remains hopeful for the future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 


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Gov. Jared Polis told lawmakers during his annual state of the state that Colorado has been “bruised, battered, and shaken to its core” over the last year.

But with vaccines being rolled out — and case numbers dropping — he sounded optimistic about what lies ahead.

“Coming out of this traumatic year, we can finally live up to our fullest potential to truly create a Colorado for all,” he said. “There’s a lot of work ahead. But we’re more than ready.”

Governor Jared Polis announced an updated Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan for Colorado on Friday. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about how that plan will be implemented regionally.

State of Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis addresses tackling the inequities of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and how his administration is working with Tribal communities. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Gov. Jared Polis has made hundreds of decisions this year that have affected millions of Coloradans. He's the one deciding where we can eat, whether we have to wear masks and most recently, who is first in line to get the vaccine. He's also had to govern through his own COVID-19 diagnosis.

Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz recently spoke with Polis about his coronavirus response. Below are highlights from the interview.

Colorado Public Radio

The pandemic won't stop highlighting Colorado's health inequities.

Colorado lawmakers passed a state-funded stimulus package worth more than $200 million during a three-day special session that stayed mostly cordial and bipartisan.

They also gave Gov. Jared Polis an additional $100 million to respond to the pandemic and rejected Republican lawmakers’ attempts to limit Polis’ power to issue more executive orders during the virus outbreak.

Lawmakers stressed the stimulus package is far short of what the federal government could provide.


Colorado Governor Jared Polis appeared Tuesday for the first time since testing positive with COVID-19 last weekend. It was in a virtual press conference with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday to consider a $220 million stimulus package for restaurants, movie theaters, child care centers and other businesses that have been hard hit by coronavirus restrictions.

But lawmakers spent the week leading up to the special session trying to manage their constituents’ expectations for the state-funded stimulus.

Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, said at a recent town hall the package would not be a “silver bullet.”

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Governor Polis spoke to reporter Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview regarding schools reopening, funding public health, local Indian Tribes' response, and other statewide issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last Friday, Colorado issued a statewide face covering mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's office released data over the weekend showing the state could run out of ICU beds by early September if Colorado’s increase in positive COVID-19 numbers continues to rise.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower joins Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department to talk about that mandate and our case numbers regionally. 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is issuing a statewide mask order as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the state. KSUT's Mark Duggan has more:

A renewed effort is underway to rename some geographic features in Colorado. KSUT's Mark Duggan takes a closer look:



Almost half of the states in the U.S. now require wearing face coverings in public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While several Colorado municipalities have local mandates, the state still has not implemented any regulations. Sarah Flower reports on Governor Polis's latest update.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is putting the brakes on part of Colorado's reopening plans. But he's also touting a new phase to allow some areas to open even more. Mark Duggan explains:




Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that residents in senior care facilities and nursing homes might be able to have visitors in the near future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

KSUT Reporter Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about new orders expected from Governor Jared Polis, and more in their weekly update. 

Under Colorado Governor Jared Polis, restaurants across the state are able to open today, but in La Plata County, they need to self certify before they can do so. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

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Colorado restaurants can reopen their dining rooms and patios for the first time in two months. But diners should prepare for some changes to the way their favorite eateries operate, as KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:

La Plata County is now joining several other counties across Colorado in delaying the opening of some businesses until May 8, due to COVID-19.  San Juan Basin Health has issued a public health order to control the spread of the virus with a phased approach to reopening.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

KSUT Speaks with Governor Polis about Safer at Home

Apr 28, 2020

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the state's recent Safer at Home order. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the numerous and far-reaching impacts to our region, KSUT has mobilized a news team to provide coverage of both breaking news and developing stories related to the coronavirus.  Stay-tuned for weekly stories during Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered.  Stories will also be available on the KSUT website.

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Today marks the beginning of Colorado's Safer at home order. KSUT's Sarah Flower is joined by Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health Department, for our weekly update. 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s most recent safer-at- home orders call for schools to close their doors for the remainder of the academic year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with school superintendents across La Plata County:  

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is loosening some restrictions in the state as cases of COVID-19 start to level out a bit. Mark Duggan has more:


Sarah Flower interviews Governor Polis on COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020
State of Colorado

Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis speaks with KSUT’s Sarah Flower on COVID-19 and how the state is taking charge of this virus: