COVID-19 Cases on Campus

October 29, 2020

We have learned that two individuals at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have currently tested positive for COVID-19. Both are receiving appropriate care in isolated environments, and all close contacts of both individuals have been notified directly per our policy. If you have not been contacted, you are not considered at risk of exposure.

These cases are confined to a single unit and had close contact through their work activities; at this time, there is no indication of wider spread, and these cases did not involve our hospital partners. 

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. We report these cases to Tri-County, which posts them on their public tracking website.

The CU Anschutz contact tracing team is working quickly and carefully to investigate every case thoroughly and keep risk contained. Their work is essential to preventing COVID-19 spread among our community. We have expanded the team to ensure our continued ability to respond with speed and agility as conditions evolve.

As we see a resurgence of COVID-19 in Colorado and across the country, now is the time to be more aware, cautious and vigilant - both on and off campus. Please remember to wear a mask, keep your distance, and stay home when you are sick. If you are approved for on-campus activity, ensure you are thoughtfully and accurately completing the daily health questionnaire, and following safety and screening protocols to the letter.

Let’s continue to take care of ourselves and our community.

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 in close proximity of 6 feet or less with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, whether wearing masks or not, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
    • 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.