First Gentleman Marlon Reis home after COVID-19 hospital stint

By: - December 8, 2020 1:58 pm

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Labs)

Marlon Reis, partner of Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado’s first gentleman, is home and “feeling well” after being hospitalized for two days due to worsening COVID-19 symptoms, the governor’s office said Tuesday.

“I am so thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff and for the support and well wishes we have received from friends, neighbors and Coloradans during this time,” Reis said in a statement. “I hold everyone who has been affected by this deadly virus in my heart. Jared and I continue to encourage our fellow Coloradans to remain vigilant, wear masks, stay six feet apart, avoid gatherings and wash your hands regularly.”

Reis and Polis both tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28, and Reis was hospitalized on Sunday after experiencing a worsening cough and shortness of breath. According to the governor’s office, he was discharged Tuesday morning and driven home by Polis from UCHealth at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he was treated with the steroid dexamethasone and the antiviral medication remdesivir.

“Governor Polis continues to not experience any symptoms and will return to public activities as soon as doctors clear him to be around others,” the governor’s office said.

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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.