COVID-19 Information

Colorado College employs a public health framework for COVID-19 and other communicable disease decision-making that is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in consultation with the El Paso County Public Health Department. We continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics at the campus, local, state, and national level and reassess our protocols as needed to protect health and safety on campus.

Health

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others. If you must interact with others, wear a mask.

Students should contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 or use the online scheduling system to make an appointment with a provider who will help with tests and treatment. 

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
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate (see the "Isolation" section below). 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

We require proof that every student, faculty, and staff member has been vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Although medical, religious, and personal exemptions are available, 89.7% of our community has been vaccinated AND boosted.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death, and the CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • If you still need to finish your initial series or receive a booster, find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you.

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

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Mitigation and campus protocols

Mask-wearing is optional on the CC campus. 

All may choose to wear a mask at any time, for any reason. Properly fitted N95 or KN95 masks are an effective tool for preventing COVID-19 transmission, especially in conjunction with vaccination. You are expected to wear a mask:

  • When interacting with others if you are feeling unwell, including with COVID-like symptoms
  • Throughout any isolation period

Additionally, those who are not fully vaccinated/not up to date with vaccinations are encouraged to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, in accordance with CDC guidance.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible. If you do have to be in close proximity to someone who is ill make sure you properly wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or similar) and follow other steps to protect yourself. Whenever possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • If you are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines or you are at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19, stay at least six feet away from other people who are not part of your household. Crowded places are higher risk for transmission of COVID-19, so avoid these locations, especially if you are at risk of getting very sick from COVID. If this is not possible, wearing a mask is a good mitigation strategy.

Public events are college-sponsored, on-campus events that are open to the general public. Mask-wearing at events is optional. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.

COVID-19 is an airborne virus. We can get sick if we inhale air that contains viral particles. Mitigate by: indoor masking; increasing ventilation of indoor spaces by opening windows and doors; and increasing filtration using portable filters. You can also create your own filtration with these DIY plans.

Hand hygiene is an important component reducing the spread of many communicable illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and colds.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Always cover coughs and sneezes.

  • If you are wearing a mask, you can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a mask:
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Being attentive to your own physical well-being, and being responsive to any symptoms is incredibly important to our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Be alert for symptoms. If you feel ill, stay home. Remember that here are a lot of similarities between the symptoms of COVID and other illnesses like flu, strep throat, and the common cold. Since all of these illnesses can be highly contagious, it's important to stay home if you are experiencing symptoms, and to reach out to a medical provider to determine what kinds of test(s) and treatment are most appropriate for what you are experiencing. To support you in your daily health monitoring, we encourage all students to have a thermometer and any other personal care, well-being, and hygiene items you may need.
Colorado College departments and programs may welcome visitors to campus. Mask-wearing when on campus is optional. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.

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Testing and quarantine

Anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

  • Students experiencing symptoms can pick up self-test kits from the Wellness Resource Center, Loomis, Mathias, South or Hybl. Because there are a lot of similarities between the symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses like flu, strep throat, and the common cold, students who are experiencing symptoms but test negative on an at-home rapid test should schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center for more accurate or appropriate testing. 
  • Students can schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center by calling (719) 389-6384; appropriate testing will be ordered and completed through this appointment.
  • Employees should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms and test negative for COVID-19, you should mask and re-test one to two days after your first test, unless your medical provider can identify another cause for those symptoms.

Asymptomatic testing for students will be conducted on campus in specific circumstances.

  • Post-exposure testing: If you have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, you should get tested five to seven days after exposure. Students can pick up self-test kits at the Wellness Resource Center, Loomis, Mathias, South, or Hybl. (Note that you should wear a mask in public and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after a known exposure.)
  • Testing for high risk individuals: If you are unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated and have taken part in activities that put you at a higher risk for COVID-19 (i.e., being in a social situation where you could not physically distance such as travel or being in a crowded or poorly ventilated indoor setting), asymptomatic testing may be conducted on campus.
  • Pre-travel testing: Students who need pre-travel testing as required by the carrier or destination can receive that testing through the Student Health Center; employees should contact their medical providers or local testing clinics.

Asymptomatic testing (self-test kits) for employees will no longer be provided by the college.

  • Free tests are available through most local health departments or through COVIDtests.gov; tests also are available for purchase in pharmacies and retail stores.
  • Staff and faculty enrolled in the college’s healthcare plan will rely on Cigna for COVID-19 testing and care. Cigna provides up to eight individual over-the-counter COVID tests per month for each person enrolled in the plan.

CC follows CDC guidance on quarantine. Regardless of vaccination status:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day five, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home, and contact covidisolation@coloradocollege.edu
  • Remain in isolation for five full days (day zero is the day symptoms were first experienced or when a positive test was received).  
    • Isolation spaces are limited and being prioritized for situations in which students, or their roommate have a documented medical condition that places them at risk for severe disease. Any additional isolation spaces will be allocated on a first come-first-serve availability basis.  

    • If you are a student in a multi-occupancy room, wear a well-fitting N95 mask at all times except when sleeping through day 10 (N95 masks will be provided to all students in isolation, as well as to the roommates of students in isolation).
    • Students should stay home and in their room except to pick up food (specific instructions will come from Bon Appetit), use the restroom, or spend time outside away from others.

  • Students, after five full days of isolation, you can leave isolation IF symptoms have improved AND you have gone 24 hours without fever or without the use of fever-reducing medication. During this time, you are still expected to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go places where or engage in activities in which you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Employees, follow CDC isolation guidance: Complete at least five full days of isolation at home followed. You may end isolation after day five IF you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND your symptoms are improving. You should continue to wear a high-quality (N95 or KN95), well-fitting mask for another five days whenever you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go places where or engage in activities in which you are unable to wear a mask.

Self-testing submission: anyone who tests positive should contact covidisolation@coloradocollege.edu

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A key part of our continual reassessment process is the COVID-19 Advisory Committee, which has representation from areas across campus to ensure that we are considering the needs of all members of our campus community.

  • Heather Horton, senior director of student health and wellbeing (committee chair)
  • Rochelle Dickey, dean of students and vice president of student life (Cabinet representative)
  • Rosalie Rodriguez, senior associate dean of students and director of the Butler Center (ADEI representative)
  • Andrea Bruder, chief public health advisor to the president and associate dean of the faculty (COVID-19 modeling and faculty representative)
  • Molly Hadley, assistant director of the Wellness Resource Center (health promotion and prevention and public health expertise and implementation)
  • Precious Cooper, COVID Operations Coordinator (day-to-day COVID-19 operations)
  • Amy Hill, director of campus activities and student orientation (student programming and events including oversight of New Student Orientation, Winter Start Orientation, and student organizations)
  • Edwin Hamada, assistant vice president for the residential experience (Housing and Residential Experience)
  • Rich Bennett, associate athletics director, sport performance and wellness (Athletics)
  • Shannon Wilson, Bon Appetit (food service)
  • Stephanie Wurtz, assistant vice president for communications (Office of Communications and Marketing)
  • Student Representative TBD

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Questions

Please feel welcome to send your questions to covidisolation@coloradocollege.edu.

 

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Submitting Proof of Vaccination

CC requires all students, faculty, and staff who are accessing campus for the 2022-23 academic year to be fully vaccinated and boosted 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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