Denver likely to extend stay-at-home order until April 30

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 18:56:35-04

DENVER – The city of Denver is considering extending its stay-at-home order, which currently is in place through April 11, until April 30, a city and county spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon.

Erika Martinez, the spokesperson, said that the city was coordinating with the state to extend the order, but she said she could not put a timeline on when that change might happen.

Mayor Michael Hancock told our partners at The Denver Post on Tuesday that he would extend the order, and that April 30 “looks like it’s going to become the new target.”

Denver's initial order came out two days before the state's, but the city and county rescinded it to be in line with the state's order.

President Donald Trump extended social distancing guideline recommendations until April 30, and Gov. Jared Polis said Monday that he was not at the time extending the statewide order.

"The Governor said yesterday during a press conference it is looking more and more like we need an extension," said Gov. Polis' spokesperson, Conor Cahill, on Tuesday afternoon. "We also want to get a few more days of data before we make that decision."

As of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. data update, Denver had the most COVID-19 cases in the state, at 539. Seven people from Denver have died of the virus, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The case rate per 100,000 people was sixth in the state, at 75.09 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.