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COVID-19 Updates & Risk Mitigation

Colorado College is taking a data-driven, evidence-based approach to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on our campus. Our layered mitigation system is designed to reduce the risk of infection while allowing us to resume our signature experiential learning environment including in-person classes, field trips, and campus activities. Because the Colorado College community has a high rate of vaccination, classes, activities, and work are conducted in person by default.

We encourage individuals in the CC community to act in ways that minimize risk of harm to themselves and to others – including mental, physical, emotional, or psychological harm – and ask them to promote the safety of individuals and the overall community.

Protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation requires.

Health

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Students should contact the Student Health Center (719) 389-6384, to make an appointment with a provider who will determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. Provider appointments are available seven days a week (see schedule below). Students should also contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class. 

Student Health Center Hours

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Employees should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In accordance with CDC guidance, even if you are fully vaccinated you should  stay home and away from others and get tested, if it is deemed necessary. If it is determined by a health care provider that a test is needed, both students and employees may schedule a COVID-19 test at the Student Health Center.

If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate (see the section below on Isolation). If your test is negative, please stay home until your symptoms subside or you have confirmation that your symptoms were due to a non-communicable condition.

If you are showing emergency warning signs or any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds

Colorado College requires all students, faculty, and staff who are learning, living, working on or accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CC students, faculty, and staff will be most protected from COVID-19 if everyone is vaccinated. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption. We consider requests for exemptions for medical, religious, and personal reasons.

Fully vaccinated people are much reduced in their own risk of infection, although breakthrough infections may occur. 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.

Students:

Employees:

NOTE: All vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization are accepted.

 

Colorado College students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster. You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster shot. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching booster shots. Find a vaccine provider near you. View Colorado resident-specific and CDC guidance and recommendations about boosters.

CC healthcare partners, Optum, will offer a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot clinic on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cornerstone Main Space. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available, along with flu shots. Anyone who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine can also begin the vaccination process at this clinic. Students, staff, faculty, and families are all welcome. Although walk-ins will be accommodated, you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment via Optum’s scheduling site.

All members of the CC community are also encouraged to get a flu shot. It is safe to receive a flu shot and your COVID-19 booster dose at the same appointment.

Campus Safety can provide transportation for students if needed. 

We understand that this situation is causing anxiety for many people. There are numerous resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling Center, Chaplain's Office, Employee Assistance Plan, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, and the Wellness Resource Center.

Colorado College continues to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The president's Cabinet and the college's multi-disciplinary COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, COVID-19 Policy and Implementation Committee, and Scientific Advisory Group are meeting regularly to assess the situation and plan for impacts to our campus community.

Mitigation and campus protocols

Following CDC guidance for masking in counties with substantial or high transmission, everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, is currently required to wear masks when inside campus buildings, including for recreational use of the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. People in individual offices need not wear a mask when no one else is present. Masks are also not required when students are alone in their rooms or with only their roommates.

Masks reduce the risk of transmission through droplets and aerosols that tend to accumulate in poorly ventilated indoor spaces. We expect universal indoor masking to be in place temporarily, until transmission in the county has declined to lower levels.

Given the currently very high levels of transmission in El Paso County, we are likely to encounter the virus when off campus. We encourage everyone to wear a mask while indoors, both on and off-campus. You can look up transmission levels in El Paso County (and any other county, e.g., when you are traveling) on the CDC website.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands when soap and water aren’t readily available. 

Because CC is a highly vaccinated community, students, faculty, and staff do not need to physically distance when on campus. We recognize that individuals who are vulnerable to severe illness due to underlying health conditions may wish to continue physical distancing.

Public events are college-sponsored, on-campus events that are open to the general public. All members of the public age 12 or older attending a Colorado College-sponsored, indoor public event will be required to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result, along with a valid photo ID. All attendees age three or older will be required to wear a mask indoors. People may remove masks temporarily when actively eating and drinking. This applies to all attendees of public events who are not members of the CC community. 

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record. Vaccination documentation must indicate that attendees are fully vaccinated, having received their final dose at least two weeks prior to the day of the event. Unvaccinated attendees may show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Attendees younger than 12 years old do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result but must adhere to the college’s indoor mask policy (three years or older) and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult or an adult providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Staff will verify proof upon entry.

Documentation will not be collected or stored by the college. Colorado College students, employees, and other Gold Card holders who have already met this requirement may use their Gold Cards as proof of vaccination/negative COVID-19 test.

Ongoing wastewater testing has been a component of CC’s mitigation plan since September 2020 and will stay in place as an early warning system.   Wastewater testing is being conducted twice weekly at Mathias, South Hall, and the Loomis area of the campus. Increases in viral load in wastewater may indicate new infections, however, they may also come from people with prior infections who are not currently infectious. Thus we may respond to increases in wastewater viral load by conducting additional screening testing of students and employees in affected areas of the campus.

Because the Coronavirus spreads primarily through the air, and more specifically in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces where aerosols tend to build up, ventilation and encouraging outdoor activities are another important layer in our mitigation system. Our facilities team has improved fresh air intake and air filtration in many campus buildings, and several classes and programs will take place outdoors on our beautiful campus. Please remember to prioritize lower-risk activities and outdoor options over indoor gatherings while transmission in the county is substantial or high.

Colorado College departments and programs may decide to welcome visitors to campus. The visitor policy applies to official visitors — this includes college-sponsored visitors such as visiting scholars, athletic teams, guest speakers, VIPs, prospective students and families — and visitors who are invited to campus by CC faculty, staff, or students. This policy supersedes previous policies and may change in response to updates to public health guidance.

All visitors must understand and abide by current college policies and are required to wear a mask indoors during their visit. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate. All visitors are expected to report positive COVID-19 test results immediately to the college's COVID Response Coordinator at (719) 413-9588 if they have been on campus within 48 hours of symptom onset or have received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Host departments should keep logs of when official visitors were onsite and their contact information to aid in contact tracing efforts. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test prior to arrival at their own expense.

Please note that individuals (including visitors) attending public events must follow the college’s public events policy (see the dropdown above). For information about guests in residence halls, please see the college’s current Housing COVID Guest Policy.

Testing and quarantine

All students are required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 screening testing. The frequency of testing will be adjusted as the situation changes.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students are required to test twice weekly.
  • A percentage of fully vaccinated students are tested weekly.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to test twice weekly.

COVID-19 asymptomatic screening testing is administered by eMed, a telehealth provider.

Students can pick up BinaxNow test kits at the Tutt Library circulation desk. You must bring and swipe your Gold Card to pick up a test kit. Students with exemptions who test twice weekly may pick up two test kits at a time each week. Symptomatic students may not pick up test kits; they must contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 for testing.

Students self-administer the test, e.g., in their room, supervised by eMed through a telehealth session. Please do not open the test kit before being prompted to do so during the telehealth session to make sure your test is recorded and counts toward the testing requirement. Watch this short video to learn more about how to start a telehealth session and administer the test. Results are sent via the Navica app as well as via email. 

If you receive a positive BinaxNow test result, put on your mask (unless you are in your room by yourself with the door closed) and stay away from others. Our COVID-19 response coordinator will call you and discuss next steps. Students will need to schedule a follow-up test at the Student Health Center to confirm the test result. Do NOT go to the Student Health Center before speaking with a COVID-19 response team member. All positive test results will be followed up with a molecular test at the Student Health Center, located in the Yalich Student Services Center. Please stay near your phone.  

  • If the follow-up test is positive, the COVID-19 Response Team will help you with isolation housing needs, meal and mail delivery, prescriptions, and other needs.
    • Students should contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class.  
  • If the follow-up test is negative, you have no symptoms, and there’s been no known exposure, you will not need to isolate. 

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Students should contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 to make an appointment with a provider who will determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. Students should also contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class. 

Employees should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. 

Those who receive a positive test result will be asked to isolate. We will provide isolation rooms to students as needed.

See the section above about ‘What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?’ for additional information.

If you think you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus but do not have any symptoms, make an appointment to get tested 5-7 days after the exposure and make sure to wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result comes back negative.

CC follows CDC guidance on quarantine for individuals who have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID-19. Mask wearing does not affect the close contact definition.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result comes back negative.

If you are not fully vaccinated and exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10 days and receive a negative test result on days 8, 9, or 10 of quarantine.

If feasible, students quarantine/isolate in place. If not feasible, CC provides quarantine/isolation housing. Food and mail will be delivered to students in quarantine on campus and prescriptions are picked up and delivered. Contact tracers will conduct daily check-ins and refer students to additional support services. Students in quarantine should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

Close contacts of close contacts do not need to quarantine.

CC follows CDC guidance for isolation. If feasible, students quarantine/isolate in place. If not feasible, CC provides quarantine/isolation housing.

Students, faculty, and staff who receive positive COVID-19 test results and remain asymptomatic must isolate for 10 days following the positive test result.

Students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms and receive a positive test result must isolate until

  • 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

Food and mail will be delivered to students in quarantine on campus and prescriptions are picked up and delivered. Contact tracers will conduct daily check-ins and refer students to additional support services. Students in isolation should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

The COVID Response Team will continue conducting contact tracing of infections among the CC community. Contact tracers reach out to people identified as close contacts of community members with COVID-19. If a student receives a positive test result, the whole class will not be notified; only those who interacted with that student in a six-foot-or-less radius are categorized as close contacts and will be notified. All CC community members are expected to cooperate with CC and county contact tracers. Those students who do not cooperate with contact tracers or who do not adhere to travel protocols as outlined in the ‘Travel’ section below after receiving a positive test result will be referred to the Community Standards & Conduct process.

Community messages regarding positive COVID-19 cases on campus will be distributed only if the individual(s) who received a positive test result attended a large event where contact tracing is not possible. The COVID-19 Data Dashboard continues to serve as a central data repository for testing data, campus exposure metrics, and vaccination rates.

When off campus

We strongly encourage everyone to promote public health in El Paso County by masking when in public indoor spaces, including grocery stores, gyms, and other shared spaces; limiting the size of gatherings with multiple households; and choosing lower-risk options such as restaurants with outdoor seating, whenever transmission levels in El Paso County are substantial or high. 

You can look up transmission levels in El Paso County (and any other county, e.g., when you are traveling) on the CDC website and use them as a basis for your own decision making.

All travelers must follow CDC travel guidance for domestic and international travel.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/infographic/infographic-quick-reference.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/infographic/infographic-international-quick-reference.html

Because the quarantine requirement is incompatible with class attendance, students who are not fully vaccinated will not be able to travel during block breaks.

Students who receive a positive test result less than 10 days before a break (including block breaks, Fall Break, and Winter Break) regardless of vaccination status will have to isolate for 10 days and may not travel, per the local health department’s requirements.

  • The health department allows travel by personal vehicle if students travel to another location to isolate. The destination should not be farther away than what would require one tank of gas, limiting interaction and transmission.
  • Students who travel to another location must continue and complete isolation there.
  • Other people at the destination should be made aware of the risk of transmission.
  • Students who receive a positive COVID test and who disregard isolation rules and travel by plane or public transportation can be put on a “No Board” list.
  • Those students who do not cooperate with contact tracers or who do not adhere to travel protocols as after receiving a positive test result will be referred to the Community Standards & Conduct process.

Field trips may be conducted. Vehicles may be used at full capacity. All participants must follow masking requirements.

Student athletes will follow NCAA guidelines for travel and participation requirements.

For Employees

All campus offices are open during regular office hours with full coverage and service available to students, staff and faculty, and families.

Supervisors may allow staggered shifts and/or staggered on-campus work schedules to accommodate employees working remotely, as long as full service is available. Remote work is not an option for all positions and it is up to the supervisor to determine whether or not a position may work different hours and/or days on campus.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to test twice weekly. Testing is available free of charge at the Student Health Center, and employees may test during regular work hours.

Employees experiencing any symptoms or warning signs including but not limited to fever, shivering, shaking, chills, body aches, headaches, excessive sweating, sore throat, persistent cough, sinus congestion, fatigue, etc., should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. Employees must not report to work until they are either symptom-free for 72 hours or have been treated by a doctor who has provided a written authorization to return to work.

Questions

Please feel welcome to send your questions to covid19@coloradocollege.edu.
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Booster Shots

Colorado College students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster. You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster shot. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching booster shots. Find a vaccine provider near you. View Colorado resident-specific and CDC guidance and recommendations about boosters. An on-campus booster clinic is planned for Block 4, details to come.

All members of the CC community are also encouraged to get a flu shot. It is safe to receive a flu shot and your COVID-19 booster dose at the same appointment.

Campus Safety can provide transportation for students if needed. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

CC requires all students, faculty, and staff who are accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit a claim for exemption. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption.

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