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Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020

Dear Campus Community,


We continue to be committed to providing you transparent and timely information about COVID-19 and our response on campus, and are providing the following information to students, faculty, staff, and parents.
 
This week we reported that four students received positive COVID-19 test results. Unfortunately, six more students received positive test results for the virus, bringing the total to 10 this week. All of these students were immediately isolated; some were already in quarantine. These students are receiving care and support, and we wish them well. 
 
Because there have been multiple instances of exposure, under the strong recommendation of El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health &  Environment, South and Mathias halls are now under quarantine for 14 days to reduce risk of spreading the virus further. If individual students have additional exposures during this time, their quarantine may be extended further. Students in quarantine receive meals, daily check-ins and other support. They may continue their classes via remote delivery.
 
El Paso County Public Health officials issued the following information about quarantine: 
  • Remaining in the residence halls and complying with quarantine requirements is the best way to ensure that additional people do not become ill as a result of the COVID-19 exposures at CC.
     
  • While in the residence halls, students must remain alone or with their roommate and may not have contact with anyone else. If students interact during quarantine with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, their quarantine will need to be extended for an additional 14 days from the time of their last exposure.
     
  • Travel during quarantine or isolation carries risk to others. For this reason, travel by commercial airline, train, bus, or other shared transport is not permitted during isolation or quarantine. Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will not be able to board commercial airlines during their quarantine or isolation period.
     
  • If a student lives within a few hours of campus, a family member or another responsible adult may come to drive their student home. This is only permitted if the drive can be made without stopping. It is also allowable for that family member to quarantine with their student in a hotel in El Paso County, Colorado. All quarantine requirements must be strictly followed and the student is not permitted to leave the hotel room or have contact with others besides that family member during the quarantine period.
     
  • Families should understand that contact with their student during the quarantine period may put them at risk for exposure to COVID-19. Prolonged travel in cars or prolonged sharing of living space carries particular risk due to sharing air and being in close proximity to a person who is potentially infectious. Older adults and individuals with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk for more severe illness.
While South and Mathias residents are under quarantine in campus housing, they will be supported with delivered meals, and our contact tracing team, with additional support from the Residential Experience Team, will provide check-ins with students. See more on isolation and quarantine and the support provided to students.

For students in quarantine, please contact the Student Opportunities & Advising Hub for information on how this may affect your Block 1 class if it is not already fully remote. 
 
On Aug. 16, Loomis Hall was placed under quarantine; that quarantine will end at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30 if there are no further cases or concerns there. Because these students should no longer be exposed to known instances of the virus, they will be able to leave their residence hall on Sunday and observe our regular risk-mitigation protocols.

Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19  should contact the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, for a consultation on the need for testing or treatment, or after hours, the Optum Urgent Care Center, (719) 636-2999. For students living on campus, this notification initiates the process of meal delivery and daily check-ins from the contact tracing team. Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and report symptoms or a positive test result to 
msantos@coloradocollege.edu

We have many on-campus resources to support students, including six free counseling sessions with the Counseling Center. Virtual appointments may be scheduled by calling (719) 389-6093. See additional support resources for students. Please take advantage of these resources if you feel you need them. 

If you have additional questions, email covid19@coloradocollege.edu
 
We know this is a trying and difficult time. We are doing our best to be caring and responsible in reducing risk for our community. We appreciate your patience and support.


Sincerely, 


Rochelle Dickey

Acting Dean of Students/Acting Vice President for Student Life
 

Brian Young

Vice President for ITS and Chair of the Prevention Work Team


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