March 25, 2020 @ 3:31 p.m.
Dear CU Denver community,
You and your families are in our hearts and minds every day as we continue to adjust to a world so drastically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are reaching the point where many of us likely know or have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19. Due to limited testing capabilities, more people actually have the virus than have tested positive. As a result of this “community spread,” public health agencies are no longer tracking the movements of individuals who have tested positive, nor are they able to account for the full number of people who are presumed positive.
While CU Denver is in touch with public health agencies every day, we too are not able to provide information on specific students, faculty, or staff members who may have the virus. Fortunately, since moving to remote teaching/learning almost two weeks ago, the vast majority of us have not been around other campus colleagues.
We know that rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, causing undue stress. We ask that you please do not share information you’ve gotten from potentially unreliable sources (such as social media other than official university accounts), particularly about individual members of our campus.
To protect yourself, your loved ones, and the most vulnerable people in our community, we implore you to be smart about the choices you’re making, and to follow the guidance of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to slow community spread.
A reminder for “critical” employees continuing to work on campus:
We know many of you have questions about what to do if you or a loved one begin to show symptoms. Please see guidance below, and continue to check our COVID-19 website for the latest updates.
While we are all coping with the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, let’s try to keep in mind that with each day that passes, we are closer to better days.
Given the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the community, if you experience the symptoms below, there is a significant risk that you have COVID-19.
*While not scientifically proven, loss of sense of smell may be a potential early sign of COVID-19.
What to do if Symptomatic
If you are symptomatic, you should do the following: