With Coloradans distracted by the never-ending ongoing election results more than a week after the election, Gov. Polis took the opportunity to extend his never-ending ongoing Covid executive order to include flu and respiratory viruses.

Polis says he expanded the disaster emergency to include RSV, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses “due to the serious increases in infection and hospitalization throughout the state.”

The hospitalizations statewide — totaling 92 since Oct. 2 — averaged nearly three patients admitted each day for flu or RSV, the symptoms for the latter being little more than the common cold.

Polis’s emergency declaration states: “The Colorado Disaster Emergency Act (Act) defines a disaster as ‘the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural cause or cause of human origin, including but not limited to . . . epidemic.’”

We are not aware of a flu or RSV pandemic. While unfortunate, three hospital admittances per day statewide, whether for emergency room only for immediate care, or long term, does not seem deserving of an emergency executive order.

The emergency order is only for 30 days, but then again, so is the original emergency order for COVID that began in the spring of 2020.

Some folks are rightly suspicious of Polis’s action.

Resorting to executive orders for government overreach every time a Democrat sniffles and sneezes is exactly what Polis meant when he campaigned on preserving the freedom of Coloradans.