COVID-19 & the CU Anschutz Community
Chancellor Elliman noted this week that as we look ahead after nearly one year of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel. But we aren’t out of that tunnel yet.
This short video reminds us of the importance of staying the course, even after vaccination, by wearing a mask, keeping your distance and helping to prevent the spread. Please take a look, and share with friends, family and colleagues.
The first week of the new, simpler check-in process on campus was a success. Students, faculty and staff approved for on-campus activity can now take their own temperatures at home or a campus self-service station, fill out the daily health questionnaire, and be on their way.
No more in-person screening or wristbands required. Masks, physical distancing and other protocols remain in place. In-person assistance is available at the COVID concierge in Hensel-Phelps.
All students and employees must take updated Skillsoft training by March 31, titled “CU: COVID-19 Return to Campus-CU Anschutz (2021 update).”
Please note that this updated Skillsoft training requirement is an addition to the previous “COVID-19: Return to Campus” training. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
In this week’s vaccine update, we shared key updates to the State of Colorado’s phased vaccine distribution plan including opening of Phase 1B.3 and expansion to include Phase 1B.4.
Phase 1B.3 opens today. This phase includes Coloradans age 60 and older, and those ages 16 to 59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
Phase 1B.4 is currently estimated to open later in March. This phase includes student-facing faculty and staff in higher education, people age 50 and older, individuals ages 16 to 49 with one high-risk condition, and frontline essential workers in areas including public health, human services, journalism, transportation and food service. We hope that the majority of our remaining faculty and staff become eligible in this new phase. More information will follow as this becomes clear, and we will continue to update the CU Anschutz vaccine webpage as we know more.
You are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine at your earliest opportunity to do so once eligible. One way to get the vaccine may be through UCHealth. Make sure you have a My Health Connection account, or set one up, using the button below. This ensures you are set up for email notification of vaccination options when available through the UCHealth system.
Find information on how to access vaccines through other providers here.
The Office of Campus Student Services has created an online form for students interested in sharing thoughts, concerns or ideas with university leadership. Submit your input and perspective.
Remember, no-cost testing is available through March 31, 2021, for CU Anschutz employees, students and household members. Learn more and register here.
Please note that the CU Anschutz on-campus, drive-up testing location operated by Environmental Health & Safety is only available to students, employees and their relatives or campus-affiliated household members. Insurance information will be collected for testing at this location. Friends and unrelated household members should register for testing at COVIDCheck Colorado sites.
Remember to self-report your status if you have COVID-19 symptoms, test positive or may have been exposed, even once you’ve been vaccinated.