COVID-19 & the CU Anschutz Community

January 8, 2021

A Message From Chancellor Elliman

A Bright New Year

As we embark on a new year, we have much to look forward to together. I hope you had a restful break and return recharged as we resume working, teaching and learning, in person and virtually. 

With COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway, we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we aren’t there yet. The vaccination process will take many months, and it is vital that we continue to adhere to COVID-19 prevention and safety measures for the duration. We know there are many questions about vaccines, and we will continue to update you as conditions evolve.

Looking ahead to the rest of the winter and the spring, we should expect the current hybrid model of campus operations to continue, even as groups of our faculty, staff and students begin to receive vaccinations. Please plan to maintain the status quo until the vaccine has been widely distributed and is in use throughout our state.

I urge you to continue to do your part by wearing a mask, keeping your distance and staying home when you are sick. Take advantage of free COVID-19 testing through March 31, and remember to self-report if you may have been exposed, develop symptoms or test positive. Note that these safety and reporting protocols apply even to those who have been vaccinated.

Thank you for your continued vigilance and partnership. I look forward to a healthy, productive and bright 2021.


Don Elliman

Vaccine Planning

Phase 1 of a three-phase COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan is underway in Colorado, including vaccinations at our hospital partners.

Currently, all vaccines are purchased by the federal government and distributed to states, with a still limited supply available. The university does not have doses at this time. When you are eligible for vaccination, you will be contacted by the university or one of the hospital partners. 

A campus working group is ensuring eligible staff and students are included in appropriate phases, and preparing for the possibility of additional doses. We are working closely with our hospital partners, CDPHE and Tri-County Health Department. 

It is essential that we observe basic public health guidance, like physical distancing and mask wearing, and follow campus safety protocols until a vaccine is widely available and distributed to all Coloradans. 

Find the State of Colorado’s vaccine plans and FAQs here.

Adams County Now "Level Orange"

Adams County and much of the Denver metro area has been moved to “Level Orange: High Risk” on Colorado’s COVID-19 dial. The change has only minimal impacts at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus:
  • Laboratory Research – Basic science research and use of the vivarium will continue in its current form. 
  • Clinical Research – There will be no changes to active non-therapeutic clinical research, or to currently paused research activity, at this time. Conditions will be assessed weekly. See the latest updates from Vice Chancellor of Research Thomas Flaig, MD, for more.
  • Anschutz Health and Wellness Center - the fitness center may now begin operating at 25% capacity in each area. Many in-person group exercise classes have resumed with limited capacity, and all classes continue to be streamed for virtual participation. Reservations are required for in-person activity, and more information is on the AHWC website.

Our robust on-campus protocols and testing and contact tracing program remain in place. The hybrid model continues, with students and employees continuing to do everything remotely that can be done remotely.

Free COVID-19 Testing Through March

COVID-19 testing is available at no cost through March 31 for CU Anschutz employees, students and household members. Learn more and schedule your test here.

Remember to self-report your status if you have COVID-19 symptoms, test positive or may have been exposed, even if you’ve been vaccinated.

Campus Food Pantry Now Serves Students, Faculty & Staff

The CU Anschutz Food Pantry is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays to all students, faculty and staff in need of free food, hygiene items and pet supplies. There are no restrictions on number of visits or items taken. 

Visitors must complete the daily health questionnaire and go through screening at a campus check-in location before making their way to the pantry, located in the University Police building

CU President Mark Kennedy helped make this expanded resource available with an investment to help address food insecurity.

Campus Resources & Reminders

Visit Our COVID-19 Website

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