Gov. Polis issues series of COVID-related executive orders

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

    Gov. Jared Polis issued a series of executive orders in recent days as part of Colorado’s response to COVID-19.

    One of the executive orders extends an expansion of telehealth services. Telehealth, in which providers and patients meet remotely, is deemed a safer way for consultations to proceed during the pandemic. The extension will expire July 27.

    Another executive order directed the Colorado Department of Human Services to access federal funds for child care services.

    Other executive orders extended previous executive orders related to marriage licenses; the temporary suspension of certain statutes related to petition gathering for unaffiliated and independent candidates for office; the allowance of food trucks to operate at rest areas where commercial vehicles stop; and the temporary suspension of certain statutes related to taxpayer filing requirements.

    As of Tuesday, Colorado had more than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,500 deaths due to the disease.