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Here's what you need to know for the week of May 3:

  • CC notified the campus community of two on-campus students who received positive COVID-19 test results during the week of April 26. All positive test result notifications are available here. All known CC cases, regardless of whether exposure occurred at CC, appear on the CC COVID-19 dashboard
  • Sign up NOW for CC’s second on-campus vaccine clinic, happening Saturday, May 8. Details below.
  • CC announces COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Read the full announcement and information below.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Required at CC 

Colorado College announced April 26 that the college will require all students, faculty, and staff who are living, learning, working on, and accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All members of the campus community will be required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption by Aug. 1. More information on the process will be provided soon. We will work with students who may have limitations on accessing vaccinations. If you have questions or concerns about vaccines or the vaccination process, speak to your healthcare provider. If you need a vaccine, here’s where to find one in El Paso County
 
CC hosts its second vaccine clinic May 8 (details below). Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and broader community members got vaccinated at CC’s first on-campus vaccination clinic last month. Thank you for helping increase our vaccination rates. We anticipate vaccination rates to be very high by Fall 2021. Every person who gets vaccinated brings us one step closer to teaching, learning, and working fully in-person. When vaccination rates are sufficiently high, CC’s Scientific Advisory Group anticipates that COVID-19 incidences will decline, and COVID-19 will begin to transition from being a public-health issue to a personal medical issue, similar to many other infectious diseases. 
 
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated? People are considered fully vaccinated:
  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
Among the CC community, there have been up to 11 new weekly infections with COVID-19 connected to social gatherings. The incidence in El Paso County is extremely high (currently more than 2,500 active cases, with high positivity and hospitalization rates). Your protection depends not only on your vaccination status, but also on the vaccination status of everyone in your surrounding context. It is important to continue public health measures (masking, social distancing, handwashing) and risk mitigation protocols until most community members are fully vaccinated, reducing the virus’s ability to spread, resulting in a decline in COVID incidences, and allowing us to loosen restrictions.
 
The Scientific Advisory Group has answered your vaccine-related questions. Access CC’s updated COVID-19 FAQs here and submit your questions to covid19@coloradocollege.edu

Make an On-Campus Vaccine Appointment

CC is hosting the second on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m.-noon at the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. This vaccine point of distribution is open to CC campus community members, their families, and members of the broader community. Mark your calendar now and make your appointment using this linkWednesday, May 5, is your LAST chance to make an appointment. This clinic is an option for those who need their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, or those who need their first dose. Email
msantos@coloradocollege.edu if you have questions.

Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!

Summer Campus Access for Off-Campus Students

When the residence halls officially close May 20 at noon, campus will switch to Summer Access Protocols and key card access to campus will be turned off for most students (with the exception of those with approved extended stay, such as graduating seniors, those with RLC approval, and those who already have requested and been assigned housing for Block A). Students who will be living off campus, in the local area, and will need access to campus over the summer months (Block A, B, and C) for coursework, employment, access to support resources, etc., must complete this Summer Campus Access Request form by Wednesday, May 12 at 11:59 p.m. in order to maintain general campus access. In addition to completing this form, students requesting summer campus access must continue to participate in random sampling testing and follow all campus COVID risk-mitigation policies to retain this access. This request form will remain open for late submissions, but entries after the May 12 deadline will result in processing and access delays.

Looking to live on campus and missed the summer housing application deadline of Saturday, May 1? Please contact the Housing Office via email at housing@coloradocollege.edu

Gov. Polis Visits Colorado Springs Small Businesses

To support Colorado’s economic recovery and promote vaccinations in Southern Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis visited a variety of small businesses and vaccination clinics in Colorado Springs recently. “It was a wonderful day to be back in Colorado Springs, and I was thrilled to stop by a few local small businesses and vaccination clinics,” said Polis. “We continue powering the Colorado comeback by getting lifesaving shots into arms, because we know that increasing protection from this deadly virus is the ticket to strengthening our economy and helping our state build back stronger from this pandemic.” Polis visited a USPS postal workers’ vaccine clinic and other small businesses

CC Grads Working on Vaccine Research

Izabela Ragan ’09, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, is a veterinary scientist by training. Now, she’s part of the team working on SolaVAX™ — one of several Coronavirus vaccine candidates being studied at CSU. SolaVAX uses UV light and riboflavin to create an inactivated virus, which stimulates a person’s immune system to fight the virus. The technology utilizes an existing commercial platform that is used to inactivate pathogens in blood transfusions. Additionally, Savannah Snell ’19 is working under Ragan’s direction on the research project. This month, a new study on SolaVAX from the CSU team was published in the journal Vaccines. It was also featured on the cover of the publication.

El Paso County Launches Drive-Through and Mobile Vaccine Options

A new drive-through vaccination site is open at Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., in partnership with Nomi Health and the “Vaccines for All” state campaign. The site is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. A multi-agency partnership to make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible launched mobile vaccination vans last week that can be deployed across El Paso County. Locations interested in hosting a vaccination van can request one via email at healthinfo@elpasoco.com. The vans are in addition to the state vaccination buses that were launched April 2. The vans will be focused on El Paso County and provide easier access for residents throughout the community. Residents looking to use one of more than 30 providers at 100 locations throughout the county can find a list of providers at www.elpasocountyhealth.org. Many clinics throughout the area recently made the change to allow same-day appointments, or no appointments required.

The "New Normal"

Sounds of Colorado College and Campus Activities hosted student artists, ranging from poets to bands, for an outdoor showcase on April 10. Photo by John Le ’24

Check Out CC COVID Dashboard

The CC COVID-19 dashboard shows all known CC community cases, including our local off-campus students and employees. It provides quick access to COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the El Paso County community, including COVID-19 exposure, testing, and positive test results. For questions regarding this data, please contact Ben Moffitt in the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. We send a notification when an individual who receives a positive COVID-19 test result has been on campus within their contagious timeframe and may have been in contact with others on campus.

Resources for You 

CC’s Coronavirus Updates & Resources page has the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a listing of all campus messages. If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to: covid19@coloradocollege.edu; please leave your phone number if you prefer a personal call back. Remember, there are numerous resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling Center, the Chaplain’s Office, Employee Assistance Plan, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, and the Wellness Resource Center.


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