Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman falls ailing with coronavirus as instances rise in Adams County

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be quarantined until clear of the virus.

The news prompted Governor Jared Polis, who was with the mayor on October 15, to consider quarantine, but state health officials determined on Sunday that he did not have to. State health officials noted that “Governor Polis is at no risk of exposure to COVID-19 from Mayor Coffman,” spokesman Conor Cahill said in a statement.

The two appeared together at a press conference on October 15; Everyone present wore masks when they weren’t speaking and kept themselves socially distant.

Coffman suffered only mild symptoms, he said on Twitter.

“I came home from work late Thursday morning and wasn’t feeling well, but I thought I just had a very light cold with a cough,” he wrote on Sunday. “I took no chances and kept my schedule of work from home until I could be tested just to make sure I didn’t have COVID-19.”

Coffman said that he was tested with a rapid test on Saturday – after his symptoms subsided – and intended to go back to work on Monday once he got negative results.

“Unfortunately, the test results were positive,” he wrote. “I have to quarantine from home.”

Mayor’s illness comes as novel coronavirus cases rise in Colorado and Aurora.

The Tri-County Health Department announced Friday that restrictions on businesses and residents – moving the county from a level 2 alert to a level 3 alert – were increasing due to “exploding” cases in Adams County. According to state guidelines, level 3 restrictions are the strictest restrictions before any stay-at-home orders are placed.

The new restrictions will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the agency said in a statement. They include restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two households, restricting retail and restaurants to 25% occupancy, and closing gyms and leisure centers, among other restrictions.

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