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What to know about the coronavirus in Colorado on Friday: Governor asks everyone to wear non-medical masks when they go out

 Photo courtesy Gov. Jared Polis/Twitter.
Photo courtesy Gov. Jared Polis/Twitter. (KKTV)
Published: Apr. 3, 2020 at 2:08 PM MDT
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The governor of Colorado announced on Friday he is asking all Coloradans to wear non-medical masks, like cloth masks, when they go outside of their home.

The request is for any essential activities residents have to do during the stay at home order, such as grocery shopping or picking up medical supplies. The request does not include medical face masks, as the governor says those need to be used by professionals such as doctors and nurses who are combatting the virus first-hand.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also asking the public to use a non-medical face mask.

"The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure," President Donald Trump announced in his Friday briefing. "So it's voluntary. You don't have to do it. They suggest it for a period of time. But this is voluntary. I don't think I'm going to be doing it."

CORONAVIRUS IN COLORADO BY THE NUMBERS (4/3 4 p.m.): (These numbers are based on the state website, which updates at 4 p.m. daily. To avoid confusion, we will only be updating these once a day, in line with the state's site.) CASES: 4,173 - EL PASO COUNTY: 374 (+34 from 4/2), (18 deaths, +2 from 4/2) - PUEBLO COUNTY: 39 (reported # from the county) (2 deaths) - FREMONT COUNTY: 2 - TELLER COUNTY: 11 (+4 from 4/2) (All other counties can be viewed by clicking here and scrolling down.) HOSPITALIZED: 823 (+113 from 4/2) COUNTIES: 53 PEOPLE TESTED: 22,071 DEADLY CASES: 111 (+14 from April 2) OUTBREAKS: 27 at residential and non-hospital health care facilities The state added this data likely does not reflect the actual number of cases. Gov. Jared Polis also says there are probably thousands infected who have not been tested.
RESOURCES FOR COLORADANS DURING OUTBREAK

- For information and resources on COVID-19, El Paso and Teller County residents can call 719-575-8888 seven days a week. Monday through Friday, the line is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends, calls will be taken between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

- The state has a toll-free hotline CO HELP for general questions about COVID-19. That hotline can be reached at both 303-389-1687 and 877-462-2911.

- Those needing assistance with financial services, food, clothing and household needs, mental health, and more can call 211.

QUICK LINKS TO CREDIBLE SOURCES:

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for the El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website

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for the CDPHE COVID-19 website.

The website includes a lot of answers to frequently asked questions from across the state.

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for the CDC COVID-10 website

Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 in Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is providing an update on the state's response to COVID-19. More updates: https://bit.ly/3dVijl1

Posted by Denver7 on Friday, April 3, 2020

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