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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

As part of our layered risk mitigation for COVID-19, we regularly test wastewater in our largest residence halls. The most recent samples from South Hall showed an increase in viral load. While it’s possible that viral particles in wastewater may come from people with prior infections who are not currently infectious, we want to be certain. As a precaution, on Monday we will test students living in South Hall. Residents and employees of South Hall will receive another email with details for scheduling testing at the Student Health Center.
Because the majority of our campus community members are fully vaccinated and CC community members have been adhering to everyday measures such as masking and handwashing, we have been able to hold in-person classes and activities, with indoor masking required. People who are fully vaccinated are far less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19. However, the Delta variant is highly transmissible, and infections in fully vaccinated people do occur. 
We want to remind everyone that it is very important to avoid large indoor gatherings, and to always wear a mask in indoor public places, on and off campus. Because transmission levels in El Paso County are currently high, it is especially important for campus community members to exercise extra caution off campus: Avoid large gatherings, wear a mask indoors when not at home, and stay socially distanced from others. Prioritize outdoor activities. Please keep in mind that the coronavirus spreads through the air through breathing, particularly in indoor spaces where aerosols tend to accumulate, and even seemingly healthy people can transmit the virus.
Thank you for helping us to keep our campus community safe. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. If you have questions, please email

Andrea Bruder

Chief Public Health Advisor to the President 

Mateo Muñoz

Chair, COVID-19 Policy and Implementation Committee 

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