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Gov. Polis, first gentleman remain asymptomatic after testing positive COVID-19

UCHealth says as many as 50 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms.
The governor provides an update on the rising COVID-19 number of cases in Colorado.
The governor provides an update on the rising COVID-19 number of cases in Colorado.(Station)
Published: Nov. 28, 2020 at 7:35 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Gov. Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis remain asymptomatic following a diagnosis of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The couple is currently isolating in their home.

Polis learned the night before Thanksgiving that he had been in contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus. An initial test came back negative before he and his husband tested positive Saturday. Polis starting quarantining after learning of his exposure.

“So far, we are fine. Didn’t have a very good night’s sleep. It’s hard because of the worry of the diagnosis. I think it’s more psychological than physiological. So far, so good. No fever. Hoping for the best,” the governor told CNN after his test came back positive.

The governor’s office told 11 News Monday night Polis continued “to be in good spirits” and was feeling well.

UCHealth says as many as 50 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms, including nearly 40 percent of school-aged children between 6-13. This fact is one reason health experts implore everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing, as many people are passing the virus on without knowing it.

“Asymptomatic spread definitely plays a role in community spread,” said Colorado infectious disease specialist Dr. David Beckham.

New research also shows that while those who wear masks religiously may still get the virus, they may not get as sick as someone not wearing a mask, UCHealth said.

“The mask may reduce the viral load that the person wearing it receives,” UCHealth said.

Polis, who has been espousing the necessity of masks since near the start of the pandemic, continues to urge citizens to mask up whenever they leave their homes.

“Marlon and I are feeling well so far, and are in good spirits. No person or family is immune to this virus. I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay 6 feet from others, and wash your hands regularly,” he said in a statement the night of his positive test.

Polis will continue to work remotely and is well enough to fulfill his duties as governor.

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