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Marlon Reis attends a news conference on voting in October 2020. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ spouse, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, has been hospitalized because of worsening COVID-19 symptoms.

The governor’s office, which called the move precautionary, announced the hospitalization on Sunday night.

“Over the last 24 hours, First Gentleman Marlon Reis started to experience a slightly worsening cough and shortness of breath on day eight after being diagnosed with COVID,” the governor’s office said in a written statement Sunday. “The governor drove the first gentleman in his personal vehicle to the hospital. We will continue to update the general public as new information is available.”


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Polis, a Democrat who is in his first term, said on Twitter that he took Reis to the hospital for “review and treatment.”

Polis, 45, and Reis, 39, announced on Nov. 28 that they tested positive for COVID-19. The governor said as recently as Wednesday that the pair were experiencing only mild symptoms.

The governor’s office said Sunday night that “Polis is not experiencing any additional symptoms at this time.”

“I’m certainly not out of the woods,” Polis said last week. “Nor is Marlon. As we know, this can certainly take a different turn after several days.”

Polis is believed to have been exposed to the virus on Nov. 25 by someone in his office who tested positive for the disease. The person’s identity or role within the office has not been disclosed.

Further details on how Polis caught COVID-19 have not been released.

Polis and Reis were asymptomatic when they tested positive for the disease. The pair live in Boulder and have two young children.

Jesse Paul is a Denver-based political reporter and editor at The Colorado Sun, covering the state legislature, Congress and local politics. He is the author of The Unaffiliated newsletter and also occasionally fills in on breaking news coverage....