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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis extends statewide ‘stay at home’ order until at least April 26

Gov. Jared Polis announced he is extending Colorado’s statewide stay-at-home order until at least April 26 in an unprecedented televised speech to the entire state on Monday night. 

“The reason for the April 26 date is simple: because the data and the science tells us that staying at home is our best chance, our only realistic chance, to avoid a catastrophic loss of life — the deaths of thousands of our friends, our neighbors, our family members,” Polis said.

Polis, speaking to Coloradans from the governor’s mansion, said he knows that many in the state are frustrated and angry. “We all want a timeline,” he said. “When will this nightmare be over.”

It’s been more than a month since the first cases of coronavirus in Colorado were announced on March 6

Colorado now has reported 150 deaths attributed to coronavirus, and more than 5,000 confirmed cases, though health officials say there are likely actually between 17,000 and 18,000 Coloradans who are or have been infected. Nearly 1,000 of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are hospitalized and there are outbreaks in at least 41 nursing homes and senior care centers. 

For more on this story, go to coloradosun.com.

Update: I-70 reopens both ways at exit 116 in Glenwood Springs

Update: The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened all lanes of Interstate 70 at exit 116 shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Original story: A snowstorm that blew into the Glenwood Springs area early Thursday morning caused icy roads along Interstate 70 and Highway 82 just in time for the morning commute.

Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon was closed eastbound due to multiple wrecks and spun out vehicles about 7:45 a.m., according to Colorado State Patrol.

Colorado Department of Transportation’s cotrip.org is providing updates on road closures.

Traffic was slow-going coming into Glenwood Springs on I-70 due to the slick conditions and canyon closure, with backups reported at the eastbound 114 (West Glenwood) and 116 (main Glenwood) exits, according to reports on the Roaring Fork Road and Weather Facebook page.

Carbondale Fire was also called out to one minor-injury accident on eastbound Highway 82 near mile marker 9 just before 8 a.m., and numerous other cars were being reported in the median.

This is a developing story that will be updated.