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Welcome to our new COVID Weekly Report. 

This update will arrive in your inbox around noon each Monday to communicate frequent changes related to the college’s COVID-19 response, provide resources and links to updated procedures and protocols, and keep the whole campus community connected as we navigate our “new normal.” 


Is there an update you’d like included in this weekly newsletter? Let us know:  communications@coloradocollege.edu  

Loomis Hall Update 

We shared two important updates over the weekend regarding new student testing and the implementation of our testing and quarantine protocols. A new student who arrived on campus on Aug. 14, 2020, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now isolated and receiving appropriate care and support. The enhanced social distancing protocols — which are expected of all students as they await their test results – were not followed. As a result, multiple people in Loomis Hall were exposed and the current 155 residents of Loomis Hall are now under quarantine for 14 days to mitigate further risk. The residents have been notified to stay in their rooms except to use the restroom (while wearing masks). All traffic into and out of Loomis is restricted. This remains a stressful time. We appreciate your concern, cooperation, and care and will continue to update you on this ongoing situation. 

Have You Signed CC’s Community Commitment? 

One of the key steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at CC is to follow CC’s Community Commitment, which emphasizes the importance of social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and a shared commitment to reducing the spread and supporting one another. These efforts, in combination with testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine, will help to support the safety and well-being of all members of the campus community.
Testing is an important component of CC’s overall plan to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Student Move-in Underway

Watch Now: COVID Education Course

As we return to campus, it is important that we all have a shared understanding of the prevention strategies that the college is implementing and how these new practices will affect our day-to-day routines as members of the CC community. Director of the Wellness Resource Center Heather Horton, in collaboration with others across campus, created an online course to provide an overview of COVID-19 and its transmission, the prevention practices and strategies that are most effective in limiting spread of the illness, our individual and communal responsibilities, and an introduction to the resources that are available to the CC community as we work together to reduce risk and keep our community healthy. Access the COVID-19 Education course on Canvas. If you have trouble accessing Canvas or finding the course, please contact the Solutions Center at (719) 389-6449 or its@coloradocollege.edu.

Fine Arts Center’s Adapted Offerings

The Fine Arts Center will remain closed to the public through the academic school year, but open for select CC teaching purposes upon request and approval. The FAC’s museum, art school, and performing arts programs will all continue, just adapted for the times, delivered digitally and through safe, distanced engagements out in the community. 

Mountain West Conference Postpones 2020 Fall Sports

The Mountain West athletics conference has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the effective mitigation and management of COVID-19 in conjunction with athletic competition. The MW Board of Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference's student-athletes and overall campus communities in its decision. This decision affects the Colorado College women's soccer program, which has been a member of the Mountain West since 2014.

Reduce the Risk

The campus will look and operate differently this year, with considerable effort being made to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. Throughout the next couple of months, keep an eye on CC’s social media channels, digital screens, and e-newsletters for students sharing their thoughts on what safety and a safe environment means to them and why it is important to build a culture of caring and safety. Listen in to this message from Deksyos Damtew '22

Fitness Center is Open to On-Campus Students, Faculty, Staff

The Adam F. Press Fitness Center is open with limited capacity, services, and operations, taking many precautions to reduce health risks to patrons. All active employees and students who are approved to be on campus are welcome to use the facility. The hours of operation are 6:30-11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. This schedule will be in effect until Aug. 21, after which the hours of operation may expand for Block 1. To ensure an environment that allows for proper social distancing, you are required to make a reservation to use the fitness center.

CC’s Testing Protocols

The college is committed to providing transparent and timely information to students, faculty, and staff regarding the number of people on campus who have COVID-19 and possible exposure. In order for CC to stay open, it is necessary to perform testing for the Coronavirus at regular intervals, so that the virus can be detected early and further infections avoided through contact tracing. Learn about the testing protocols and the latest update to add ongoing random testing as part of this process to reduce risk. If a student receives a positive test result, indicating infection with the Coronavirus, with or without symptoms, they will be required to isolate from others for at least 10 days and until symptoms clear. See more on isolation and quarantine and the support provided to students.

For Employees: Check Out Weekly Work Team Progress

In response to the challenges of the pandemic, leaders on Staff Council and the Faculty Executive Committee will publish regular updates from the work teams preparing for the Fall 2020. They have also enabled discussion forums for each work team. There, any staff or faculty member can add comments or questions, which will be checked daily and then summarized weekly and shared with the work team. When possible, any questions will be answered right away. The Advisory Leadership Team, the Scientific Advisory Group, and the COVID Operations Team will post weekly updates to a Canvas page. Log in to Canvas using the instructions mentioned in the COVID Education Course above, and enroll in the Staff Council or FEC course. The six summer work teams have wrapped up their charges and these three work teams will collaborate throughout the academic year.  

Meal Plans Good for To-Go at Rastall

Students, as well as faculty and staff may use their meal plans or lunch club program at Rastall Café’s "grab-n-go" offerings when it opens in Block 1. Please remember: No outside food can be delivered or brought to campus. Bon Appetit can provide any on-campus meal needs. 

Resources for You 

Make sure to download the CC app, where you can access the required daily health check, along with campus maps, dining menus, and social media channels. 
 
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are feeling sick and wondering what you should do, call before going to your doctor’s office or hospital. Many insurance plans have telehealth options that allow you to speak to a medical provider who can help you determine your risk and appropriate medical care and testing, so check your insurance plan to see what might be available to you. Here’s how to contact the Student Health Center. You can also use the CDC's Self-Check online. Any CC community member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required by the college or public health authority to isolate from others for at least 10 days and until symptoms clear. If you utilize testing sites off campus and receive a positive COVID-19 test, you must notify the college by contacting 
msantos@coloradocollege.edu.  
 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
El Paso County Public Health Dashboard
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 OfficeEmployee Assistance Plan, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, and the Wellness Resource Center.


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