COVID-19 Cases on Campus

October 13, 2020

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is actively responding to an outbreak among School of Medicine Physical Therapy students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Currently six students have tested positive and are in isolated environments. These individuals have been in non-clinical site educational activities and no patients were involved.

All currently identified close contacts of these six individuals have been notified directly, per our policy. However, this case is ongoing so if there is concern in the future that you may have been exposed, you will be contacted by the tracing team. 

In an abundance of caution, program leadership moved the remaining students in the cohort to remote learning through October 25 to slow or prevent any additional virus spread. 

As a reminder, Tri-County Health Department defines an outbreak as two or more cases that are presumed linked to a known exposure at a workplace, school or other facility. 

As we see a resurgence in Colorado and across the country, now is the time to be more aware, cautious and vigilant. Your choices can impact your health and safety, but also that of your friends, family, colleagues, and our campus community. Our campus operations depend on your commitment to following the safety protocols. 

Thank you for your support.

Visit Our COVID-19 Website

Should You Become Sick

Reporting on COVID-19 exposure and testing is essential to our campus community. You must self-report your status if you fall into any of the following groups:
  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have had prolonged contact of 15 or more minutes, in close proximity of 6 feet or less, whether wearing masks or not, with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Healthcare providers who have had protected contact with COVID-19 patients while wearing respiratory PPE, such as N95 masks, do not need to self-report.
  • You are under quarantine by direction of a public health agency or medical provider.
  • You recently pursued testing for COVID-19 due to exposure or because you were experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
  • You must not be present on campus until your test results are received. You may work remotely if you are able, with supervisory approval, while awaiting your results.
  • You have tested positive or are presumptively positive for COVID-19, and/or are in isolation.

After submitting your self-report, let your supervisor/unit head know and stay home until contacted with further instructions. Follow the recommendations of the CU Anschutz Contact Tracing Team, public health agency and/or medical provider.

Questions? Contact Cody Coburn, RN, Occupational Health Division Manager, at or 303-724-4663.

Know someone who needs support regarding COVID-19? Submit a referral form to get help.

Mental Health & Wellness

We know this is an anxious time, and we will do everything we can to keep you informed. If you are experiencing undue stress, anxiety or fear about coronavirus, we are here for you. 
  • For our student community: if you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, we know that this is a difficult time and want to ensure you are receiving support. Please continue to use the Case Management reporting information found here.
  • Students can also contact the Campus Health Center to talk to a mental health professional or counselor at 303-724-4716 or
  • Faculty and staff can call the Well-Being Support Line at 303-724-2500, or contact the Faculty and Staff Mental Health Clinic.