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TIMELINE: The moments that have shaped Colorado’s response to coronavirus

Since the state’s first case on March 5, Gov. Jared Polis and health officials have taken extraordinary steps to try to slow the spread of the disease

Cars line up during drive up testing for COVID-19 in Gunnison on March 20, 2020. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)
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On Jan. 20, the U.S. confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus: a 35-year-old man who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak


The latest from the coronavirus outbreak in Colorado:

  • MAP: Cases and deaths in Colorado.
  • TESTINGHere’s where to find a community testing site. The state is now encouraging anyone with symptoms to get tested.
  • VACCINE HOTLINE: Get up-to-date information.


It didn’t take long for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to make it to Colorado.

Since the state’s first confirmed case on March 5, Coloradans have seen cases spike in El Paso County after an outbreak at a bridge tournament. They’ve seen the disease tear through Colorado’s mountain towns and rapidly spread through nursing homes. By the end of March, it had touched down in at least 47 of Colorado’s 64 counties and claimed 53 lives.

As of March 30, Colorado reported more than 2,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with north of 400 hospitalizations. For weeks, health officials have warned that there are likely thousands of more whose infections have gone undiagnosed.

These are the major events that have shaped Colorado’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:

This timeline will be updated.