Background: COVID-19 has deeply impacted Colorado and will continue to impact the state and beyond for months to come. Over 28,000 Coloradans have tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered positive due to symptoms presented. Of those cases, more than 1,300 have died. Gov. Jared Polis recently extended the “Safer at Home” directive until July 1, urging Coloradans to remain diligent and safe as the country begins to open.
Support workers and small businesses
A: Hickenlooper is focused supporting the workers and small businesses that are the backbone of the economy. He said he will focus on creating supply chains to get supplies to people who need it, including businesses. He believes the government should pay for coronavirus tests.
Need to address broader issues
A: He supports efforts to accelerate the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. But he says the pandemic demonstrates a need for “Medicare for All” because everyone’s health is interconnected. He suggested stronger action to address climate change is important, too, because outbreaks are more likely to occur and spread in warming global temperatures.