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Coronavirus Research Guidance

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. With the ongoing concern about the spread of this disease, and recent extension of federal and local guidance, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has extended remote working until further notice, and all employees at CU Denver whose presence is not designated as critical are to continue to work remotely until further notice. Plans are underway for a gradual reconstitution of select on-campus research activity, and those included will be contacted directly.

As there are different considerations for vivarium, bench and clinical research, each research team or laboratory is best positioned to create a continuity plan that will meet their unique needs. The guidance below is provided to facilitate the development of that plan. Please remember that unit Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) are also required to be completed, which will help with this process. Please contact michael.bear@cuanschutz.edu with questions.

Learn more about the research community and its affiliated departments, and read about Thomas Flaig, MD, vice chancellor for research for CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, here.

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The university is following guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), CDC and other agencies. The individuals involved in planning the university’s response are working in consultation with experts from UCHealth, EHS (Environmental Health and Safety), University Emergency Management, the School of Medicine and others on campus to update the university’s existing pandemic response plan in the event of widespread U.S. community transmission of COVID-19 or announcement of a COVID-19 pandemic. Expect to see additional updates, including research specific FAQs via email, as well as updates to the university’s COVID-19 webpages.

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September 11, 2020

CU Anschutz protocol re-activation of group 5.b has started defined as: new enrollments to currently active non-therapeutic protocols requiring complex research only interventions. We also continue with groups 1 through 4. All groups are defined here.

August 28, 2020

We continue to move forward with CU Anschutz protocol re-activation ramp up activities of Groups 1 through 4 as defined here.

August 14, 2020

We continue to move forward with ramp up activities. For CU Anschutz areas, protocol re-activation includes all of Groups 1 through 4 as defined here.

June 12, 2020 Update

COVID Officials/COVID Plans: Research activity in the basic science spaces continues to expand. Onboarding of lab-based personnel now exceeds 50% of baseline levels and plans for shift work are being utilized by each unit’s COVID officials. It will be critical that all physical distancing guidelines are followed and that occupancy of individual units cannot exceed 50% of the baseline census at any given time as the ramp up continues. 

June 5, 2020 Update

COVID Officials/COVID Plans: Research activity in the basic science spaces continues to expand. In the near term, onboarding of lab-based personnel will exceed 50% of baseline levels and plans for shift work are being developed by  each unit’s COVID officials. It will be critical that all physical distancing guidelines are followed and that occupancy of individual units cannot exceed 50% of the baseline census at any given time as the ramp up continues.

May 29, 2020 Update

COVID Officials/COVID Plans: Research activity in the basic science spaces continue to expand. In the near term, onboarding of lab-oriented personnel will exceed 50% of baseline levels and plans for shift work are being developed by each unit’s COVID officials. It will be critical that all physical distancing guidelines are followed and that occupancy of individual units cannot exceed 50% of the baseline census at any given time.

September 11, 2020

OLAR: Thank you to the researchers who have been active in their research restart. Please remember to complete the Addition of Personnel Form when new individuals join your lab and to schedule all work through the EMS system. More details can be found in the OLAR specific communication or the OLAR Intranet Site.

August 28, 2020

OLAR: Thank you to the researchers who have been active in their research restart.  Please remember to complete the Addition of Personnel Form when new individuals join your lab and to schedule all work through the EMS system.  More details can be found in the OLAR specific communication or the OLAR Intranet Site.

July 2, 2020

OLAR: Research staff are reminded that all individuals in the vivarium must be on the EMS schedule to ensure appropriate physical distancing in spaces. The only exception is when entering a space to remove or replace items (<5 mins max). Reservations are also limited to 2-hour blocks, unless you have prior approval by OLAR. Researchers must submit the OLAR Addition of Personnel Form as personnel that will work in the vivarium are added to your COVID lab plan and invited back to campus. More detail can be found in the OLAR specific communication.

June 19, 2020

OLAR: Thank you to the researchers who have submitted their OLAR Research Restart Form. Please remember to submit the OLAR Addition of Personnel Form as personnel that will work in the vivarium are added to your COVID lab plan and invited back to campus. More detail can be found in the OLAR specific communication.