Coronavirus in Colorado, April 21: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

Many Coloradans are anxious for the statewide stay-at-home order to expire on April 26. On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis gave us the first glimpse at what reopening the state’s economy will look like.

He detailed a phased plan that includes some businesses being allowed to reopen on the end of this month with social distancing measures in place while restaurants, bars and schools remain closed longer.

The approach aims to switch the state’s mindset from stay-at-home to “safer at home.”

On Monday, the latest coronavirus case count stood at 449 confirmed deaths with over 10,000 positive COVID-19 cases.

Remember, all Coloradans have been asked to wear non-medical masks when outside their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Want to know how to make one? There’s plenty of ideas floating around in our coronavirus-focused Facebook group.

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Here are the updates from April 20.


  • Frequently asked questions about coronavirus in Colorado
  • Coronavirus timeline: An in-depth look at COVID-19 in Colorado
  • Colorado coronavirus map: Where are cases being reported?
  • Colorado unemployment FAQ: How to apply, details about missing PINs and more
  • Do I have the coronavirus? Here’s what to do if you’re not sure.
  • What we know now: Updates to your coronavirus questions, a month after COVID-19 was confirmed in Colorado
  • Colorado coronavirus housing FAQ: Resources for renters and homeowners
  • How social distancing works and what it means for you

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What’s new today

  • Colorado college students bring class-action lawsuit against universities refusing to refund fees
  • Colorado receives 15,000 unemployment claims from self-employed workers on first day accepting applications

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