Colorado first gentleman discharged from COVID hospital stay
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ longtime partner, first gentleman Marlon Reis, was discharged from a hospital Tuesday after undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.
Reis was hospitalized over the weekend as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath and a worsening cough after he was diagnosed on Nov. 28. The governor also was diagnosed with COVID-19 but has not experienced severe symptoms. He has been working from home in quarantine.
Polis’ office said in a statement that Reis’ doctors at UCHealth at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have advised him to take steroids for two days as he recovers. Reis did not require supplemental oxygen during his hospital stay.
“I hold everyone who has been affected by this deadly virus in my heart. Jared and I continue to encourage our fellow Coloradans to remain vigilant, wear masks, stay six feet apart, avoid gatherings, and wash your hands regularly,” Reis said in the statement.
Polis repeatedly has urged people to wear masks and socially distance to help prevent stay-at-home orders and overwhelmed hospitals as cases of the coronavirus surge during the holidays.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.