Enjoy a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving Break
As we prepare to close university operations Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, for the Thanksgiving break, we want to again thank you for all you do to keep our campus and our mission moving forward. We also want to remind you to take precautions
this holiday season, as many of us join together with friends and family.
It is hard to believe that we are heading into our second holiday season amid a global pandemic. Yet it is heartening to know we have taken the right steps to safeguard our health and our community since the beginning, and that we continue to lead by example in addressing this historic challenge.
I shared last week that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on an alarming rise in Colorado. Now is not the time to let our guard down. As we head out for the break, let us keep in mind how far we have come, and continue to do what works to prevent the spread of this relentless virus. Please remember that your actions both on and off campus impact the health of others. If you feel sick, test positive or may have been exposed, please self-report your status and do not come to campus. Our contact tracing team will follow up with support and guidance.
The holidays can be both joyful and stressful times for many, and navigating them during a public health crisis brings distinct challenges. Our own experts offer guidance on planning ahead and focusing on emotional health during this season. Remember, if you need support, there are many mental health resources available. The CDC’s holiday tips and CDPHE’s holiday guide offer useful advice for celebrating safely this winter.
Whatever your plans, please enjoy a happy, healthy break with loved ones near and far.
Many Denver metro area county health departments are reacting to the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Colorado with new indoor mask mandates. This includes our local health department Tri-County.
Our campus already has safety protocols in place that align with these new mandates. However, we know vigilance remains key as we enter the holiday season and spend more time indoors as the weather changes.
A few critical reminders are listed below but please follow campus safety guidelines at all times:
COVID-19 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.
Schedule your booster today through UCHealth My Health Connection, another medical provider or any vaccine provider.
Please ensure you use the correct credentials when entering our hospital partner facilities. Your CU badge is not sufficient ID for hospital access.
UCHealth has tightened protocols and security processes around entrance at its facilities. Use your UCH credentials when entering UCHealth buildings, and display appropriate identification at all our clinical partners.
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.
There are many ways to get quick COVID-19 tests for yourself and your household members. Hours may vary at some locations due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Those enrolled in CU Anschutz’s mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing program must schedule at designated area locations using the link sent via email from COVIDCheck Colorado (Support@Primary.Health). Test results from locations other than those specified as part of the mandatory testing program, including rapid test results, are not accepted. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Colorado is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with the fifth highest daily case rate in the country and one of the fastest-growing. While our campus remains in a good position to continue combatting the virus, it is as important as ever to ensure all of us are observing protocols to safeguard our health.
With the holiday season coming soon, we must stay vigilant. Our experts offer advice – from weighing risks and taking COVID-19 tests, to crunching the numbers – in this article about planning ahead. Find advice from the CDC on celebrating safely this holiday season.
Thank you for doing your part to keep #CUAnschutzTogether.
With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for children ages 5 to 17, many medical offices, clinics and pharmacies are offering vaccines for children and adolescents. Find details and vaccine locations here.
Hear from CU Anschutz parent experts who share their views on COVID-19 vaccination for children and youth in the campus newsroom.
Per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines, you should get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine if:
Eligible individuals should schedule their booster dose per the following timelines, no matter which vaccine product you will receive as a booster.
COVID-19 booster recommendations are being updated regularly, and specific criteria for who may schedule booster vaccinations may vary by site.
If you receive a COVID-19 booster shot, there is no need to resubmit your CU Anschutz vaccine verification. CU Anschutz is not tracking the administration of booster shots at this time.
By appointment only! Schedule your flu shot through the Campus Health Center.
Find flu vaccines at other area providers here.
There are many ways to get quick COVID-19 tests for yourself and members of your household.
Those enrolled in CU Anschutz’s mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing program must schedule at designated area locations using the link sent via email from COVIDCheck Colorado (Support@Primary.Health). Test results from
locations other than those specified as part of the mandatory testing program, including rapid test results, are not accepted. Questions? Contact email@example.com.