DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.
Polis had started quarantining Wednesday after he said he was exposed to the virus. Polis had tweeted late Wednesday that he tested negative the night after learning of his exposure but would be retested.
The state has been hit with a substantial spike in COVID-19 cases. One in 41 residents are believed to be contagious.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, no one is immune from this virus,” Polis said in his statement. “Now is the time to be more cautious than ever before. There is more of the virus circulating across the country, including in Colorado, now than there even was in the spring.”
He said he will continue to serve the state while isolating himself. He urged residents to wear masks and keep 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart in public.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
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Marlon Reis (born July 1981) is an American animal rights activist, writer, and de facto first gentleman of Colorado as the partner of 43rd governor of Colorado Jared Polis.
He became the first same-sex first gentleman in the United States following the inauguration of his partner as governor on January 8, 2019.
Reis was born in July 1981 in Boulder, Colorado, to a Jewish family from the East Coast. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Reis became the first gentleman of Colorado on January 8, 2019, following the inauguration of his partner as governor of Colorado. Polis introduced Reis as the “first-first man” on election night.
He served as an unofficial adviser to his partner’s gubernatorial campaign for governor. As first gentleman, he has focused on animal rights and welfare, environmental and civil rights, and LGBT rights.
In addition to being first gentleman, Reis is a writer and has published his works in USA Today, CNN, and The Washington Post.
Reis and his partner Governor Jared Polis have two children, born in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Reis met Polis in 2002 while finishing his education. His partner is the son of poet Susan Polis Schutz and illustrator Stephen Schutz.
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