Polis Extends State of Emergency After “a reversal of some of our gains”
Polis acknowledged that “data is now starting to show a reversal of some of our gains” in a recent statement after extending the state of emergency for another 30 days. Polis stated, “this emergency extension helps Colorado further support our response efforts and remain prepared in the face of this global pandemic.”
Colorado’s diligent mask use and social distancing efforts have so far kept coronavirus cases relatively low after certain sectors have been reopened, and Polis acknowledged this and encouraged the population to continue these safe standards, especially after seeing spikes in surrounding states such as Arizona. Despite the numbers moving in a downward trajectory, there are still higher than was predicted, with the current number of cases being 212.67 per day on June 20, compared to the prediction of 159.0 cases per day by this point.
The economic effects of the crisis are still hitting Colorado hard, with Polis saying, “after sharp declines in March and April, preliminary indications are that economic activity increased slightly in May and June. The U.S. added more than 2.5 million jobs in May, the largest one-month increase on record, but only slightly more than 10 percent of the jobs that were lost in March and April. Despite recent improvements, the economy remains in crisis. While this recession is likely to be the shortest on record, it is also likely to be the deepest. The economic recovery is expected to be slow and contingent upon public health conditions.”
Colorado’s current unemployment is at about 11%, after a previous low of about 2%.