Dear students, faculty and staff,
Our state is experiencing a rapid and serious surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations ‒ one that could mark the worst peak in Colorado since the beginning of the pandemic.
Despite our state’s great strides over the summer and early fall, we find ourselves again at a critical moment in time. It is vital that we each continue doing everything within our power to help stem the rising tide.
Here is a look at the statistics:
It is not fully clear at this time why Colorado is experiencing these spikes, particularly when we were not long ago making gains.
Colorado School of Public Health Dean Jon Samet has noted that improved transmission control and an increase in booster vaccinations among adults, as well as growing vaccination rates among children ages 5 to 12 who are now eligible for vaccination, will help improve the situation in Colorado. Dean Samet also reminds us that we don’t need a mask mandate to wear a mask, and that our own decisions for protecting ourselves and our families ultimately impact the health of everyone.
These numbers are daunting, to be sure, and changing by the day. I share them not to cause panic, but instead to highlight the critical importance of remaining vigilant and taking the precautions we know work to help prevent transmission of the virus.
I encourage you to get a COVID-19 booster shot. Boosters are now available to all Coloradans 18 and older six months or more after the initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You can schedule your booster through UCHealthMy Health Connection, another medical provider or any vaccine provider.
Don’t forget your flu shot. Make your appointment by calling the Campus Health Center at 303-724-6242. Students, employees and household members age 3+ are eligible. You can find flu vaccines at other area providers here.
Ensure you are observing campus safety protocols:
Plan ahead and take precautions as you get together with family and friends this holiday season. Find tips from the CDC for celebrating safely.
Our gratitude and support is with those on the frontlines of this historic challenge that is seemingly without end, as they work to save lives amid extraordinarily difficult circumstances. And our deepest thanks to each of you for doing your part to keep our campus and community moving forward.
Please stay safe and healthy as we head into the holiday season.