Transcript for Colorado governor responds to petition to remove him from office
We turn to Colorado. We are seeing both good and bad news in terms of covid numbers. Statewide hospitalizations and death have appeared to plateau. Local health officials are sounding the alarm after six outbreaks at colleges and universities. Joining me now is the governor of Colorado Jarod polis. Thanks for being with us. We appreciate your time. We know it's precious. Let's talk about students at the university of Colorado. They're being urged to self-quarantine until September 29th. What's your level of concern? What are you doing to stop the spread? College campuses are a concern because kids live together, dorms. We saw the effect of that of course in nursing homes, senior living facilities, far more fatal in that environment. It spreads. When people live together, dine together, share bathrooms. The other thing is we're talking about 18, 19, 20-year-olds. They like to go out. We've tried to send a message it's not the time to party. Have fun with a small group. If you want to do your drinking game, do it with small groups of people. Don't do it with 80 people. What we've learned over time about the virus, there are not super spreaders, but super spreading events. It can go from one person to 86 people in a day. You're dealing with campus outbreaks on top of wildfires. How is your state handling that crisis which has certainly been dominating the west coast of this country? The west is seeing the impact of hotter, dryer weather. We're in a statewide drought. It's critical our nation take action on climate change to slow this trajectory. This is devastating. Fortunately in Colorado we had an early snow that helped us in a way that Oregon and California didn't have. We had our largest fire in state history and our third largest fire in state history in the same summer this year. Governor, for a second year in a row a group of Colorado citizens filed a petition to remove you from office. This time they're alleging you abused your executive powers during the pandemic by confining residents to their homes, forbidding travel, closing businesses and mandating wearing masks. Your response? Colorado was one of the first states to re-open. We had a safe summer tourism season, better than we thought. Colorado is a strong tourism recreation economy. It was close to normal because, in fact, we were a safe state, because of the measures we took to keep people safe including mask wearing. Our economy is doing better than many other states. Our unemployment is a few points lower than the nation as a whole. We appreciate you joining us Colorado governor Jarod polis, we wish you the best. Thank you. Have a great day.
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