Gov. Jared Polis is expected to give an update on the state’s response at 10:30 a.m. Watch the update below.

As coronavirus restrictions loosen, experts worry that people are still too nervous to be out in public even when they need to be. Denver-area hospitals reported that emergency room visits were down between 30% to 50% in April, meaning people might not be getting the medical care they need for fear of getting coronavirus at a hospital.

As the state continues to reopen under “safer at home” guidelines, the last four Colorado counties with no reported COVID-19 cases search for ways to keep their communities safe while some think a lack of testing is the reason they have no reported cases.

In Colorado’s latest coronavirus update, the statewide death toll rose to 1,215 as current hospitalizations reached the lowest point since the end of March.

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