Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman contracts coronavirus as cases rise in Adams County

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said Sunday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is suffering mild symptoms.

He will quarantine and work from home until he is recovered, he said on Twitter.

“I came home from work late Thursday morning not feeling well, but I thought I had just a very mild cold with a cough,” he wrote Sunday. “Not taking any chances, I cleared my schedule to work from home until I could get tested just to make sure I didn’t have COVID-19.”

Coffman said that he got tested with a rapid test on Saturday — after his symptoms had cleared — intending to go back to work Monday once he received negative results.

“Unfortunately the results of the test were positive,” he wrote. “I will have to quarantine from home.”

The mayor’s illness comes as novel coronavirus cases are on the rise in Colorado and in Aurora.

Tri-County Health Department on Friday announced it was increasing restrictions on businesses and residents — moving the county from a Level 2 alert to a Level 3 alert — because of “skyrocketing” cases in Adams County. Under the state’s guidelines, Level 3 restrictions are the tightest restrictions before stay-at-home orders are imposed.

The new restrictions will start Wednesday at 5 p.m., the agency said in a statement, and include limiting gathering to no more than 10 people from no more than two households, restricting retail and restaurants to operating at 25% posted occupancy, and closing gyms and recreation centers, among other restrictions.

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