A snowboarder heads to the Solitude Food Court just off the American Eagle lift at Copper Mountain on Dec. 6, 2018. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Despite warnings from Gov. Jared Polis that the coronavirus probably will “disproportionally” affect mountain communities which have limited capacities to treat victims, ski areas can continue to operate at least for the time being.

That’s the word from Scott Bookman, who oversees the state health department’s response to the pandemic.

“There are no plans to close ski resorts at this time,” Bookman said at a news conference on Thursday.

In Aspen, where nine people have been diagnosed and three more who are symptomatic have refused to be tested, the company that operates the four Aspen-area mountains said that as of now, it plans to keep them open into spring. Those mountains include Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk.

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On Wednesday, Polis recommended that people over 60 or with chronic health issues avoid unnecessary travel to high country areas that have seen outbreaks, “because of the lack of healthcare capacity for hospitalization and ventilation in these areas as well as the identified hotspots.”

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