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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Important Coronavirus Updates

As the situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops, the University will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top. Please also note the links to additional resources, FAQs, and CCU's Travel Policy.

Please check Recent Updates below for the latest information.

Update on Commencement and Summer Trips

March 26, 2020

In response to the coronavirus epidemic, Colorado Christian University announced a postponement of the 2020 Commencement Exercises, scheduled for May 8, 2020. We are considering all options related to this postponement. In addition, the University has cancelled all domestic and international trips through August 2020.

If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus:

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.

  • On-campus students in the College of Undergraduate Studies: Self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 303-963-3365.
  • Students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies: Stay home and contact your health provider for instructions.
  • Faculty and Staff: Stay home and contact your health provider for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor.

Recent Updates

April 1 - Acting Against COVID-19 with Generosity

The Acting Against COVID-19 with Generosity is CCU's response to keep the community safe in wake of a heavy financial toll. When you support the CCU Fund, 100% of your gift will be put to use immediately to benefit students. Learn more about donating to CCU's COVID-19 Relief.

March 27 - Update from the Office of the President

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 27, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

I am writing to inform you that the University administration has learned that an individual in the CCU community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 directly related to the Lakewood campus.

This individual is a support staff member, and was last on campus on March 18 and has not returned to campus since becoming symptomatic. This individual is experiencing mild symptoms, and is in quarantine off campus in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Persons who have had close contact with the individual have been notified by their divisional vice president. If you have not been notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to the individual.

The University will do everything we can to support this individual through what is undoubtedly a difficult time. Please join me in lifting up this member of our community in prayer and wishing them a full and quick recovery.

Our coronavirus website remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on our Lakewood campus. Social distancing is critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Let me again thank you for partnering with us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protect the community at large.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 26 - Update on Commencement and Summer Trips

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 26, 2020

Dear CCU Community:

The University is announcing today, upon recommendation of the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), a postponement of the 2020 Commencement Exercises, scheduled for May 8, 2020 at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield. Of the many difficult decisions the CRT has been discussing, 2020 Commencement is perhaps the most meaningful one — especially to our graduates and their loved ones, who have invested so much during their years at CCU and have looked forward with hopeful expectation to a public and joyful celebration that honors their achievements and honors Jesus Christ.

This announcement also extends to all other Commencement related events, including the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony and Commissioning Ceremonies, the College of Undergraduate Studies Senior Banquet, and all individual school and center celebrations and ceremonies.

This decision aligns with the State of Colorado regulations in compliance with the CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings, as well as the stay-at-home orders for the Denver-metro area in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Please know that the University is considering all options related to this postponement, including a ceremony at a later date, a virtual ceremony, and/or a combination of both.

Because we cannot predict the trajectory of the pandemic, or when it will be safe to gather in great numbers, we ask for your patience until there is greater clarity. We will strive to announce further updates as soon as the situation allows, and will work to assure adequate lead time for individual plans and arrangements.

The Registrar's office will still confer degrees in May for those students who complete and satisfy their degree requirements, so those students who plan to continue on to graduate school or other endeavors can do so without delay. Diplomas will still be sent to home addresses via mail, and transcript orders and fulfillment will continue as normal.

Finally, the CRT has made the difficult decision to cancel all domestic and international student trips through August 2020. This includes any CCU2theWorld mission trips and all academic trips, in light of growing travel restrictions and conditions around the world.

The University administration and the CRT continue to be deeply grateful for your prayers and support, and we want you to know that we continue to pray for each of you. Despite the new social distancing requirements that we are all getting accustomed to, we share deep connections that are unbreakable and eternal as members of the body of Christ. We look forward to the day that we can celebrate together (in-person) God's continued faithfulness to the CCU community.

Thank you for your continued grace and patience with us as we make key decisions around this crisis. We invite you to continue to rely on ccu.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 20 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE - CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Friday, March 20, 2020
(The daily update will be suspended during spring break)

No reported cases on campus: There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on the Lakewood campus, and to our knowledge, no one has been tested for the virus on the Lakewood campus. Most on-campus staff are now working from home.

Campus Offices: Many CCU offices have closed, however staff members are working remotely. Please email the staff members you need to contact. If you call offices and we do not answer, PLEASE leave messages. We will be checking voicemail and returning your message as soon as possible. Check your email often.

Spring Break: Although you may not be able to do what you had planned to do during spring break, we pray that it is a time of refreshment. Perhaps it can be a time to read a book you have been wanting to read, a few game nights with family, or some time alone with God. However you spend your time, please know that you are on our minds and in our prayers. Stay healthy and we will “see you” on Monday, March 30.

Course Registration:

  1. Spring 2020 extended withdrawal deadline: The College of Undergraduate Studies course withdrawal deadline will be extended to end of day on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. If you need to withdrawal from a course, please contact your LDC advisor for assistance.
  2. Fall 2020 Registration: Thank you to all students who have registered for the fall 2020 semester. If you have not registered and you have questions, please email your LDC Advisor to schedule remote appointments. If you registered for a course for fall 2020 and you needed to drop it, please follow these instructions as there were issues on Student Planning: To use the “Drop” button, please refresh your browser. You can refresh your browser by pressing CTRL + F5. Once your browser is refreshed, you should be able to drop summer 2020 and fall 2020 courses.
  3. Graduating Seniors: If a course was cancelled that you need to graduate, please contact your advisor. Those of you who will still be short after receiving 13 additional chapel credits, should reach out to Campus Ministries (djongeward@ccu.edu or clynch@ccu.edu) to make further arrangements. If you will be short ministry hours because of cancellations, please contact your LDC advisor.

Miscellaneous Information:

  1. Housing checkout is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020
  2. Dining Services: Today is the last day of meal service. All meals are being served in the Cougar Den.
  3. Anschutz Student Center: The Student Center will close for Spring Break today, Friday March 20 at 7:00 p.m. We will notify the campus when it will reopen and the adjusted hours after spring break.
  4. Mail Room: The mail room will be open today, Friday, March 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  5. Chapel Credits: All traditional undergraduate students will be granted 13 chapel credits because we have cancelled all remaining chapels. Please allow us time to update our records.
  6. Housing and meal plan refunds are being discussed — please be patient as we work through the process. We cannot start any refund processes until final checkout.
  7. Are you looking for ways to help our community? The Action Center in Lakewood is in high need: https://theactioncenter.org/
  8. Cars on Campus during the break: All students authorized to live on campus must have a blue summer permit displayed on their dashboard. You may park near your residence.
    • Register your vehicle at: https://form.jotform.com/ccureslife/Summer_2020_Parking
    • If you are planning to leave your vehicle parked on the CCU campus, from now through the end of summer - or any portion of that time, a 2020 Summer Parking Permit is required and must be picked up at the Security Office.
    • You will be advised on where your vehicle is to be parked when you pick up the permit. Due to on-going maintenance, repair and construction projects, vehicles must be parked in designated spaces only.
    • You must leave a key to your vehicle with Security. The keys will be secured in the Security safe and returned to you when you arrive back on campus.
  9. Bicycles being left on campus through the end of the summer break
    • A 2020 Summer Bike Tag is required – you must apply for and pick up tag in the Security office. ALL bikes left on campus, including those belonging to students living on campus during the break, must have the required permit.
    • Any bike not correctly permitted and/or not moved to the designated bike rack may be donated to charity.
    • If you have left campus and left your bike behind without registering, please contact jmaxfield@ccu.edu with information about your bike and where it is located.

Resources for Remote Learning:

  1. Right Now Media is an amazing online resource for all kinds of Bible studies, sermons, discipleship materials and many other spiritual resources. They even have special resources surrounding this Covid-19 crisis. If you need to setup a free account, use this link: https://www.RightNow.org/Account/Invite/ccu
  2. Tutoring Resources: Brainfuse is an online resource now available to all traditional undergraduate students via Blackboard. More detailed information will be available on the LDC website. Each student will have access to 5 hours of tutoring each month. Please give us a few days to update the LDC website with more information: www.lifedirectionscenter.com.
  3. Remote Learning Resources: IT is working on creating resources for students on how to use Zoom and Blackboard most efficiently as you transition to online learning. Those resources will be made available in Blackboard before you return from spring break.
  4. The Writing Center will be available after Spring Break. You will receive more detailed information.
  5. Bookstore Book Return:
    • If you are local or are one of the few who have been approved to stay on campus, you can return your books as normal at the end of the semester.
    • If you have finished with a book and are still on campus, please return your book to the bookstore before leaving campus.
    • If you have left the area, more information will be sent in the coming weeks regarding how to return your books at the end of the semester.
    • If you have not left the area, and you would like to return your textbooks so you don't have to worry about returning them later, you may have options. You may take a look at VitalSource Helps platform to see if any of your current physical materials you are currently using are available. If there is content available, students are encouraged to return those physical items to the campus store before leaving and use the online resource.
  6. Clifton Fowler Library Update:
    • Students can renew their books up to two times (this extends the 3 weeks to 9 weeks).
    • A 24/7 bookdrop is outside of the west entrance of the library and we will be checking it throughout this time.
    • Our collection is mostly Ebooks; students can easily limit their online searches to the Ebooks.
    • Don't stress if you end up at home with a library book; you can mail it back and we will give some grace for this special situation.
    • The Library will be open and we are easily reached throughout the rest of the semester, it will simply be virtually.

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick

March 19 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE - CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Thursday, March 19, 2020

  1. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on the Lakewood campus, and to our knowledge no one has been tested for the virus on the Lakewood campus. Most on-campus staff are now working from home.
  2. BLIZZARD WARNING/ WINTER STORM WARNINGS, THURSDAY- EARLY FRIDAY: National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the central and north central mountains and blizzard warnings for the central and north central plains. Expect heavy snow across the southwest mountains as well as the I-70 and US 285 mountain corridors. Snow will continue across I-25 and to the northeast along I-76. Winds are expected to create visibility and drifting issues in eastern and northeast plains and along the construction area between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs.
  3. Graduating Seniors: If a course was cancelled that you need to graduate, please contact your LDC advisor.
  4. Dining Services: Because of the recent decision by the Governor of Colorado to close all dining areas in eating establishments, food service will be take-out only through the Cougar Den. There is no seating available. Students will need to take your food and go back to your apartment. Final meal service is Friday's dinner.
  5. Mail Room: The mail room will be open today, Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.
  6. Chapel Credits: We reported on the live stream Q & A (this last Tuesday - which is now posted on our chapel page) that we will be giving all traditional undergraduate students an automatic 13 chapel credits as we have cancelled all remaining chapels. Graduating seniors who will still be short after receiving 13 additional credits should reach out to Campus Ministries (djongeward@ccu.edu; clynch@ccu.edu) to make further arrangements.
  7. Right Now Media is an amazing online resource for all kinds of Bible Studies, sermons, discipleship materials, and many other spiritual resources. They even have special resources surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. If you need, set up a free account.
  8. Campus Offices: Many CCU offices have closed, however staff members are working remotely. Please email staff members that you need to contact. If you call offices and we do not answer, PLEASE leave messages. We will be checking voicemail and returning your messages as soon as possible. Check your email often.
  9. Fall 2020 Registration: Thank you to all students who have registered for the fall 2020 semester. If you have not registered and you have questions, please email your LDC Advisor to schedule remote appointments.
  10. Housing checkout is still set for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  11. Tutoring Resources: Brainfuse is an online resource now available to all traditional undergraduate students via BlackBoard. More detailed information will be available on the LDC website. Each student will have access to 5 hours of tutoring each month. Please give us a few days to update the LDC website with more information.
  12. Remote Learning Resources: IT is working on creating resources for students on how to use Zoom and Blackboard most efficiently as you transition to online learning. Those resources will be made available in Blackboard before you resume classes after spring break.
  13. The Writing Center will continue to operate during its normal hours this week. After spring break, it will remain open via Zoom. Please look for a more detailed announcement later.
  14. The CCU Fitness Center is closed until further notice.
  15. Housing and meal plan refunds are being discussed — please be patient as we work through the process. We cannot start any refund processes until final checkout.
  16. Looking for ways to help? The Action Center in Lakewood is in high need.
  17. Bookstore Book Return:
    • If you are local or are one of the few who have been approved to stay on campus, you can return your books as normal at the end of the semester.
    • If you have finished with a book and are still on campus, please return your book to the bookstore before leaving campus.
    • If you have left the area, more information will be sent in the coming weeks regarding how to return your books at the end of the semester.
    • If you have not left the area, and you would like to return your textbooks so you don't have to worry about returning them later, you may have options. You may take a look at VitalSource Helps platform to see if any of your current physical materials you are currently using are available. If there is content available, students are encouraged to return those physical items to the campus store before leaving and use the online resource.
    • To get started:
      • Step 1: Go to bookshelf.vitalresource.com
      • Step 2: Use your .edu email to create an account.
  18. Clifton Fowler Library Update:
    • Students can renew their books up to two times (this extends the 3 weeks to 9 weeks).
    • A 24/7 bookdrop is outside of the west entrance of the library and we will be checking it throughout this time.
    • Our collection is mostly Ebooks; students can easily limit their online searches to the Ebooks.
    • Don't stress if you end up at home with a library book; you can mail it back and we will give some grace for this special situation.
    • The Library will be open and we are easily reached throughout the rest of the semester, it will simply be virtually.

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick
Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life

March 18 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE - CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  1. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on the Lakewood campus, and to our knowledge no one has been tested for the virus on the Lakewood campus.
  2. Yesterday's online Q & A was recorded and can be viewed here:
  3. Because of the recent decision by the Governor of Colorado to close all dining areas in eating establishments, on-campus food service will be take-out only. Students can pick up meals in the ASC Great Room and Cougar Den, but no seating is available. Students will need to take your food and go back to your apartment or find a spot for a picnic. Final meal service is Friday's dinner.
  4. All student services will be open today, with regular hours. Please know that going forward even if we are not sitting at our desks on campus, we are ready to support you through the rest of the semester. Email will probably be the best way to reach staff. If you call offices and we do not answer, PLEASE leave messages. We will be checking voicemail and returning your message as soon as possible. Check your email often.
  5. Thank you to all students who have registered for the fall 2020 semester. If you have not registered and you have questions, please call your LDC Advisor to schedule an in-person appointment (today) or a phone or video call appointment. LDC advisors are in the office today, but will most likely be working remotely beginning Thursday, March 19 until further notice. Students can reach the LDC office at 303-963-3010 or you may contact your advisor via email.
  6. Tutoring services will continue to be available online through our brainfuse system, all students will have access to free tutoring, at 5 hours per month in the brainfuse system. Detailed information/directions will follow in upcoming emails.
  7. Due to the Governor's closure of all gyms, the fitness center will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.
  8. Final housing checkout is still set for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  9. Students who are on housing waitlists for fall 2020 should have been contacted regarding open spaces. Please contact the Residence Life office with questions.
  10. Many companies are running specials for travel (Frontier), storage (U-haul), and rental cars (Enterprise). If you are looking for help in any of these areas please take a look.
  11. Several churches have opened up housing for students and class Facebook pages are filling up with offers from current students. Please notify Residence Life if you need a spot off campus or look to your class Facebook page for current student offers.
  12. Currently, campus storage is full. See Residence Life with questions.
  13. IT is working on creating resources for students on how to use Zoom and Blackboard most efficiently as you transition to online learning. Those resources will be made available in Blackboard before you return from spring break.
  14. The Writing Center will continue to operate during its normal hours this week. After Spring Break, it will remain open via Zoom. Please look for a more detailed announcement later this week.
  15. Housing and meal plan refunds are being discussed – please be patient as we figure this out, as we need guidance from the federal government. We cannot start any refund processes until final checkout.
  16. The mail room will be open this week: 8:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  17. Bookstore Book Return: If you are local or are one of the few who has been permitted to stay on campus, you can return your books as normal at the end of the semester.
    - If you have finished with a book and are still on campus, please return your book to the bookstore before leaving.
    - If you are not finished with a book, the bookstore encourages you to see if you currently have a book that is available on the free VitalSource Helps platform. If there is content available, students are encouraged to return those physical items to the campus store before leaving and use the online resource.
    - If you have left campus, you will receive more information on how to return the books. 
  18. Clifton Fowler Library Update:
    - Students can renew their books up to two times (this extends the 3 weeks to 9 weeks).
    - A 24/7 bookdrop is outside of the west entrance of the library and we will be checking it throughout this time.
    - Our collection is mostly Ebooks; students can easily limit their online searches to the Ebooks.
    - Don't stress if you end up at home with a library book; you can mail it back and we will give some grace for this special situation.
    - The Library will be open and we are easily reached throughout the rest of the semester, it will simply be virtually.
  19. Cars being left on campus through the end of the summer break
    - If you are planning to leave your vehicle parked on the CCU campus, from now through the end of summer - or any portion of that time, a 2020 summer parking permit is required and must be picked up at the Security Office.
    - You will be advised on where your vehicle is to be parked when you pick up the permit. Due to on-going maintenance, repair and construction projects, vehicle must be parked in designated spaces only.
    - You must leave a key to your vehicle with Campus Security. The keys will be secured in the security safe and returned to you when you arrive back on campus.
    - Students living on campus must display their summer parking permit when parked on the campus. You may park near your residence.
    - Register your vehicle online. 
  20. Bicycles being left on campus through the end of the summer break
    - A 2020 summer bike tag is required – you must apply for and pick up tag in the Security office.
    - A current CCU bike permit is required.
    - Your bike must be moved and locked to a designated bike rack – you will be directed to that location when you pick up your permit.
    - Any bike not correctly permitted and/or not moved to the designated bike rack will be donated to charity.
    - ALL bikes left on campus, including those belonging to students living on campus during the break, must have the required permit.

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick
Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life

March 17 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE - CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  1. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on the Lakewood campus, and to our knowledge no one has been tested for the virus on the Lakewood campus.
  2. Today's online Q & A was recorded and can be viewed here:
  3. Because of the recent decision by the Governor of Colorado to close all dining areas in eating establishments, we will modify food service for the remainder of the week: Serving will be in the ASC Great Room, but there is no seating available. You will need to take your food and go back to your apartment or find a spot for a picnic.
  4. All student services will be open today, with regular hours.
  5. Registration will occur as normal today and classes will meet as normal today. Online course instruction begins on Monday, March 30, 2020. Class registration for fall 2020 will occur as normal all week, via the normal online process. Registration is currently open for students with 30+ credit hours. Students with 0-29 credit hours can register beginning 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18. To expedite registration, please update your personal and emergency contact information now in your Self-Service account. If you have questions about your course schedule, contact your LDC advisor at 303-963-3010.
  6. Students should not be alarmed if they are in waitlisted classes. The LDC advisors will monitor the situation through the spring semester and summer and will be in communication with students as classes open or to discuss other options. We have all summer to navigate the waitlists and are generally successful. LDC Advisors will be 100% available by email, Zoom, or phone calls. If anything arises for students, do not hesitate to contact the LDC. It is important that students check their CCU email often. We will communicate with them as needed through email. Please check in on Blackboard and watch your email.
  7. Per the CRT, the University will cancel classes on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19, and begin an early spring break on March 18. Students living on campus still have until Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. to vacate the residence halls. We encourage students to leave campus when they can to avoid a large group trying to leave at the same time on Saturday. Students who need an exception to stay living in campus housing MUST complete the exception form by 5:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 17. Very limited campus services will be available after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.
  8. Tonight's (Tuesday, March 17) extra-credit chapel has been canceled. Thursday's chapel will also be canceled.
  9. For those on the housing waitlist for next fall: Decisions will be made this week to open up spaces for you before you leave campus.
  10. Lots of companies are running specials for travel (Frontier), storage (U-haul), and rental cars (Enterprise). If you are looking for help in any of these areas please take a look.
  11. Several churches have opened up housing for students and class Facebook pages are filling up with offers from current students. Please notify Residence Life if you need a spot off campus or look to your class Facebook page for current student offers.
  12. Boxes are still available at Residence Life office.
  13. Currently, campus storage is full. See Residence Life with questions.
  14. IT is working on creating resources for students on how to use Zoom and Blackboard most efficiently as you transition to online learning. Those resources will be made available in Blackboard before you return from spring break.
  15. The Writing Center will continue to operate during its normal hours this week. After Spring Break, it will remain open via Zoom. Please look for a more detailed announcement later this week.
  16. Housing and meal plan refunds are being discussed — please be patient as we figure this out, as we need guidance from the federal government.
  17. The mail room will be open this week 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  18. The CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) strongly advises that all visitors to Eagle (Vail), Summit (Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, A-Basin), Pitkin (Aspen), and Gunnison (Crested Butte) counties minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. If you visited the mountains this past weekend, you may want to consider this advisement. If you need to miss class, please notify your faculty of this advisement.
  19. Clifton Fowler Library Update:
    • Students can renew their books up to two times (this extends the 3 weeks to 9 weeks).
    • A 24/7 bookdrop is outside of the west entrance of the library and we will be checking it throughout this time.
    • Our collection is mostly Ebooks; students can easily limit their online searches to the Ebooks.
    • Don't stress if you end up at home with a library book; you can mail it back and we will give some grace for this special situation.
    • The Library will be open and we are easily reached throughout the rest of the semester, it will simply be virtually. 

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick
Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life
jimmccormick@ccu.edu

March 16 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE - CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Monday, March 16, 2020

  1. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on the Lakewood campus, and to our knowledge no one has been tested for the virus on the Lakewood campus.
  2. Per the CRT, the University will cancel classes on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19, and begin an early spring break on March 18. The Lakewood campus will close all operations at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.
  3. All food service venues will be open today for regular hours and all student services are open as normal today.
  4. Classes will meet as normal today.
  5. Tonight's extra-credit chapel with Dr. Phil Mitchell has been cancelled.
  6. In lieu of Tuesday's Chapel, there will be an online live streamed Q&A during the regular chapel time at 10:50 a.m. about the current status of the campus during this health crisis. Instructions to text in your questions will be sent tomorrow. Visit the Chapel website or the CCU Livestream page
  7. Tuesday night's extra-credit chapel has been canceled.
  8. Class Registration for fall 2020 will occur as normal all week, via the normal online process. Students should not be alarmed if they are in waitlisted classes. It will likely work out. We have all summer to navigate the waitlists and are generally successful. LDC Advisors will be 100% available by email, ZOOM, or phone calls. If anything arises for students they shouldn't hesitate to contact us. It is important that students check their CCU email often. We will communicate with them as needed through email and it is imperative that they read them.
  9. The library is open regular hours the week of 3/16. Spring Break hours begin this Wednesday. Book-A-Librarian appointments are in person or can easily be switched to a ZOOM meeting, and can be done so moving forward. If a student has an appointment and wants to cancel or make a change, they can call us at 303-963-3250 or find their appointment confirmation email. The library is well-positioned for the transition to distance services via our webpage with a collection that is 90% electronic tutorials on how to do "X", subject guides to get started, a live chat option, and a webpage that we can and do update in real time, phone and email.
  10. For those students on the housing wait-list for next fall: Decisions will be made today to open up spaces for you before you leave campus.
  11. For those students who have requested an exception to stay on campus during the move to online classes: Decisions will be made today and you will be notified by 5:00 p.m. It is not our intention to force you out of on-campus housing, if you have a legitimate reason for staying. Please fill out the exception form if you have not already done so. Decisions on exceptions will occur each day moving forward.
  12. Many companies are running specials for travel (Frontier), storage (U-haul), and rental cars (Enterprise). If you are looking for help in any of these areas please take a look at their websites.
  13. Several churches have opened up off-campus housing for students and class-specific Facebook pages are filling up with offers from current students. Please notify Residence Life if you need housing off campus or look to your class Facebook page for current student offers.
  14. Beacons club will meet today at 3:15 as normal in Leprino 102.
  15. Boxes are still available at the Residence Life office and we are storing everything we can if you have a need. Talk to your RA or Residence Life professional staff for details.
  16. The Writing Center will continue to operate during its normal hours this week. After Spring Break, it will remain open via Zoom. Please look for a more detailed announcement later this week.
  17. Housing and food refunds are being discussed -- please be patient as we figure this out as we need guidance from the federal government on this.
  18. The mail room will be open 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  19. The CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) strongly advises that all visitors to Eagle (Vail), Summit (Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, A-Basin), Pitkin (Aspen), and Gunnison (Crested Butte) counties minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. If you visited the mountains this past weekend, you may want to consider this advisement. If you need to miss class, please notify your faculty of this advisement.

Please e-mail me with further questions.

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick
Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life
jimmccormick@ccu.edu

March 16 - Cancellation of Classes and Lakewood Campus Closure

Dear CCU Community:

The University's coronavirus response team (CRT) has taken the following actions to support the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. These actions have been taken out of an abundance of caution for all members of the CCU community and their families, especially in light of a potential domestic travel ban that could be announced soon.

All traditional undergraduate classes will be cancelled on Wednesday March 18, and Thursday, March 19. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the University will officially be on spring break. As previously announced, there will be no in-person, on-campus classes for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies after Friday, March 20, for the duration of the semester.

The Lakewood campus will close all operations effective 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, until after spring break. Campus visits and all other on-campus operations will be cancelled during this time, and will be re-evaluated after March 30. Faculty and staff who work on the Lakewood campus should make immediate preparations to work from home.

This will also allow our faculty and staff more time to effectively prepare for the transition to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester.

Traditional Undergraduate Students: Please contact your faculty members with any questions or concerns you might have, and please check your CCU email frequently. Many professors have already transitioned to remote course delivery while others are in process and will soon be finished. During this time, we also encourage you to check the University's coronavirus website and CCU social media for regular updates.

Employees: Last Friday, March 13, we also announced the transition to a remote-work policy that allows for appropriate social distancing to support the health and wellness of our employees, while still fulfilling our obligations to our stakeholders. Please work with your supervisor to determine next steps as we strive to further limit our overall in-office presence in the coming weeks.

We recognize that closures and remote working arrangements raise questions and challenges for many of you. While we have not yet determined an end date for remote working arrangements, we will be working with supervisors and others across the University to provide further details regarding remote work.

Again, we are choosing to take these precautionary measures for the safety and well-being of the entire CCU community. Because the situation is evolving on a day-by-day basis, please continue to monitor your CCU email and CCU's Coronavirus Updates web page for the latest information. Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and each other during the coming weeks as we face these challenges together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 15 - Personal Note from President Sweeting to Students and Parents

Dear Students and Parents:

We are all experiencing a swirl of emotions this week as we take in and respond to an unexpected, extraordinary turn of events.

This moment is unprecedented in CCU's history and in the history of higher education in the United States. With little warning, the coronavirus pandemic has upended world health, business and commerce, higher education, and our own personal lives.

Most of all, our hearts go out to those who have this virus and to those who have lost loved ones. I urge you to pray for the caregivers, the medical staff, and health professionals on the front lines. And don't forget to uphold our nation's leaders who are trying to protect people all over this land. Also pray for those who are working to develop a vaccine that will be effective against this virus.

As I walked around campus yesterday talking to students, I noticed a mix of grief and confusion in your voices. I want you to know how badly I feel that we have had to radically alter the second half of your semester. I hope you know that the actions we have taken are done not only with your interests in mind, but also the interests of the wider community in order to prevent the virus from spreading. We are responding as best we can to wider events. As I often say, we may control the thermostat in our house, but we do not control the atmosphere or the weather system. We can only respond. And we have done our best to respond wisely, trying to be good stewards of the Lord's university.

These changes have come at considerable personal cost to all of us, and I want to acknowledge that. I am especially sorry for our seniors, because this is not how you imagined your last semester at CCU would end. I also feel badly for musicians who did not get to give their senior recitals, for athletes whose season was cancelled, and all the others who have experienced disappointment.

To all of you: we love you, and will try to support you in any way we can as we all adjust to these new circumstances. Jim McCormick and his team in the Office of Student Life stand ready to help you with all the transitions. Our faculty also will be supportive as we shift to a different format of course delivery for the second half of the semester. We will keep you posted about CCU news updates and Commencement plans as we get nearer to May.

When you return home and take up an online format, I encourage you to do two things. First, remember your primary calling at this time is still to be a student. So apply yourself to working hard and finishing the semester well. Second, see the opportunity in this very different format. In your future, you will have to get friendly with online education. You might as well start now; it will only strengthen your skill set and help you become a life-long learner.

As I walked around campus yesterday, along with the sadness and perplexity, I also noticed something else in your comments. I was so appreciative of all those who said you were praying for me and for CCU as we go through this unusual season. Thank you. I noticed a wonderful resiliency and faith in your words. Many of you said that you knew that the Lord was in charge. Several of you said, "what a fitting end to our year of evangelism. The Lord is sending us out to put into practice all that we have learned. And with the current insecurity that many are feeling, people may actually be more open to hearing the good news of the gospel." What a great perspective!

In the Christian calendar, the season of Lent reminds us how fragile we are and that we are not in control. We are finite and mortal. But Lent is followed by Holy Week and Easter which remind us of God's redemptive work in Jesus, His glorious atonement for our sin, and the power of His resurrection. It is my prayer that this gospel hope will sustain you for the weeks and months ahead.

In fact, I can't wait for those days when we can all look back on this extraordinary season with a sense of thanksgiving for the unexpected good that comes out of it.

And I especially look forward to seeing many of you back here next fall for a new academic year.

I am so grateful to be your president.

Yours in His Service,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 13 - Daily Update for College of Undergraduate Studies

DAILY UPDATE — CCU COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Dear CCU Community:

This campus update for the College of Undergraduate Studies traditional undergraduate population will occur every business day at noon. Please refer to it for key information regarding the COVID-19 virus and its effect on campus operations.

  1. All operations on the Lakewood campus will be open as normal next week until Friday, March 20, including Library, LDC, Residence Life, food service locations, Anschutz Student Center, University Counseling, Health Services, etc.
  2. Students who have on-campus employment through work-study or other campus jobs will be allowed to keep these jobs, finish out the rest of the semester, and live on campus or continue to commute to campus and work. There will be no food service at this time for on-campus students. Students are asked to fill out the exception form referenced in the housing communication they received, and decisions will be made as quickly as possible on Monday, March 16. Please contact your supervisor to make sure they have sufficient work for you in your current position for the rest of the semester.
  3. All Lakewood campus faculty and staff will be on campus through next week.
  4. The campus is not closed and students will not be restricted from campus for the foreseeable future; although, campus services may change after next week.
  5. Spring break is occurring as scheduled with the normal duration. Online courses will begin Monday, March 30. If you are in a major with a special schedule: Outdoor Leadership, Nursing, etc., your faculty will contact you with a revised schedule and course plan.
  6. Chapel will be canceled next week; BUT, in place of Chapel on Tuesday at 10:50 a.m. we will live stream a question and answer session for traditional undergraduate students. Look for the text to submit your questions — please join me at that time for more clarity on the status of CCU and the Lakewood campus. Follow the chapel link for the live stream event.

Please e-mail me with further questions.

Sincerely,

Jim McCormick
Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life
jimmccormick@ccu.edu

March 12 - CCU Announces Transition to Online Classes

Important Coronavirus Updates for the CCU Community

As the situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops, the University will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top. Please also note the links to additional resources, FAQs, and CCU's Travel Policy.

March 12, 2020
Dear CCU Community:

Out of an abundance of caution and upon the recommendations of the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), Colorado Christian University is announcing today that the University is transitioning all traditional undergraduate classes in the College of Undergraduate Studies from in-seat to online instruction beginning Friday, March 20, continuing for the duration of the semester.
 
In order to ensure continuity of teaching, learning, and research, in-seat instruction will continue through the final four days of class (March 16-19) before spring break in order for faculty to make adequate preparations and give final in-person instructions to students.

Faculty should communicate with their students before the first scheduled online class session with further course-specific details. Dr. Ryan Hartwig will follow-up with further instructions and resources for all faculty.

In addition, on-campus residence halls and dining services will close for the remainder of the semester at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Traditional undergraduate students should plan to remain at home or return home for the remainder of the semester after spring break. The Residence Life department will communicate further details moving forward.

On-campus accommodations will be provided to those who have no other option, including those from countries with travel restrictions and those with other extenuating circumstances. Dining services will not be available. Students should contact the Residence Life department and request on-campus housing exceptions.

All on-campus events are suspended effective Friday, March 20, until further notice. This includes departments utilizing on-campus facilities, including the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Additional information about Commencement, athletics, and other campus events will be forthcoming.
 
May we be a community that reflects the hope we have through Jesus Christ, for in Him, all things hold together. The safety and health of everyone affiliated with CCU is paramount — which is of course part of the Gospel of Jesus, who brings health and wholeness. Thank you for your continued understanding, prayers, and cooperation, as this situation continues to evolve and change hourly.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President

March 12 - Update for Students and Parents

Dear Students and Parents:

The University is concerned about the health and safety of our University and broader community. Out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has made difficult decisions regarding University-sponsored travel and events, all effective immediately.

International and Domestic Travel

  • All University-sponsored faculty, staff, and student international travel is suspended through the months of March and April. Summer trips are not impacted at this time, but the situation is under frequent review.
  • All faculty, staff, and student university-sponsored, business/academic, non-essential, out-of-state travel within the U.S. is suspended, pending further notice. Employees who are travel sponsors may petition to their divisional vice president for exceptions to this restriction. The vice president will present the petition to the Coronavirus Response Team, who will make a final decision.
  • Travel within Colorado is currently not restricted.
  • All students currently studying abroad may continue in their locations as the Life Directions Center monitors this evolving situation. We may strongly advise that students already abroad return home as the COVID-19 situation changes in the country where they are studying. Upon return, study abroad students must receive permission to return to campus, and may be required to quarantine elsewhere for 14 days.
  • University administration is aware that many of you are currently planning travel (both domestic and abroad) over spring break to visit loved ones, friends, or special destinations. We urge you to follow all travel alerts closely and we strongly discourage you from traveling to countries with high-level travel alerts (CDC Level 2 or 3). Also, please be aware that a destination may be at a lower alert upon your arrival, but the situation may change quickly and returning to the U.S. may be difficult. See the CDC's Coronavirus Travel Information website for more information:
  • The University is requiring ALL students to register ALL personal domestic and international travel plans on the form below. If the University notifies you, you may be required to self-isolate or be quarantined off campus for 14 days after your return before returning to class or any University facility, including residence halls.

Therefore, if you are planning any of the following travel listed below, you are required to complete the Travel Reporting Form.

  • Personal, international travel of any type
  • Personal, domestic travel to any state other than Colorado

On-Campus Operations

The CRT is meeting on a regular basis to re-evaluate developing circumstances and is regularly updating its information and guidance for the University community to address changing local conditions. If warranted, in-seat classes may move to an online format should circumstances merit it.

  • Classes, chapel, and other operations on the Lakewood campus for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies will continue as usual at this time. Due to the special nature of the undergraduate nursing program and internships in hospitals, etc., the nursing program may have special provisions. These will be communicated directly to nursing students as necessary.
  • On-campus extracurricular events through March 31 have been reviewed and will continue as planned at this time.
  • Any outside visitors to campus that have recently traveled internationally in the last 30 days are requested to refrain from coming to campus until further notice.

We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on events, travel, and other operations. The University has established a coronavirus information website, where you can find important updates and the latest information.

Final Precautions

Finally, any traditional, undergraduate student who believes that they have potentially been exposed to coronavirus should notify CCU Health Services immediately at 303-963-3365 for further instruction.

Senior Vice President Jim McCormick will address the student body regarding these protocols during chapel on Thursday, March 12.

This is a difficult time for many. Let us continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this virus — in our community, our state, and across the world. We continue to seek God’s divine wisdom and protection in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

March 12 - Update for Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The University is concerned about the health and safety of our University and broader community. Out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has made difficult decisions regarding University-sponsored travel and events, all effective immediately.

International and Domestic Travel

  • All University-sponsored faculty, staff, and student international travel is suspended through the months of March and April. Summer trips are not impacted at this time, but this situation is under frequent review.
  • All faculty, staff, and student university-sponsored, business/academic, non-essential, out-of-state travel within the U.S. is suspended, pending further notice. Employees may petition to their divisional vice president for exceptions to this restriction. The vice president will present the petition to the Coronavirus Response Team, and the committee will make a final decision.
  • Travel within Colorado is currently not restricted.
  • All students currently studying abroad may continue in their locations as the Life Directions Center monitors this evolving situation. We may strongly advise that students already abroad return home as the COVID-19 situation changes in the country where they are studying. Upon return, study abroad students must receive permission to return to campus, and may be required to quarantine elsewhere for 14 days.
  • University administration is aware that many of you are currently planning travel (both domestic and abroad) over spring break to visit loved ones, friends, or special destinations. We urge you to follow all travel alerts closely and we strongly discourage you from traveling to countries with high-level travel alerts (CDC Level 2 or 3). Also, please be aware that while a destination may be at a lower level upon your arrival, it may change quickly and getting home may be difficult. See the CDC's Coronavirus Travel Information website for details.
  • The University is requiring ALL employees to register ALL personal domestic and international travel plans on the form below. If the University notifies you, you may be required to self-isolate or be quarantined off campus for 14 days after your return before returning to class or any University facility, including residence halls.

Therefore, if you are planning any of the following travel listed below, you are required to complete the Travel Reporting Form.

  • Personal, international travel of any type
  • Personal, domestic travel to any state other than Colorado

On-Campus Operations

  • Classes, chapel, and other operations on the Lakewood campus for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies will continue as usual at this time. Due to the special nature of the undergraduate nursing program and internships in hospitals, etc., the nursing program may have special provisions. These will be communicated directly to nursing students as necessary.
  • On-campus extracurricular events through March 31 have been reviewed and will continue as planned at this time.
  • Any outside visitors to campus that have recently traveled internationally in the last 30 days are requested to refrain from coming to campus until further notice.
  • We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on events and travel.

In-Seat Classes in the College of Undergraduate Studies

The CRT is meeting on a regular basis to re-evaluate developing circumstances and is regularly updating its information and guidance for the University community to address changing local conditions. If warranted, in-seat classes may move to an online format should circumstances merit it.

While we are currently operating as business-as-usual (except for possible nursing changes as noted above) and will continue to do so until further notice, we do want to be prepared for any sudden changes to our courses should a decision be made to conduct courses remotely.

Faculty: As the Coronavirus Response Team formulates next steps, would you please take some time in the next few days to consider how you will adjust your course if it becomes necessary? Here are some guiding questions, provided by Dr. Ryan Hartwig:

  • Do you have easy access to all of the materials you need if you are required to work remotely (books, articles, documents, etc.)? How will students access the materials they need?
  • How could you adjust your assignments and/or classroom activities for non-face-to-face interaction?
  • How could you adjust your syllabus in a way that will enable students to continue their course through a quarantine (for a short period of time through the end of the semester)? Consider this for all students, a few students, or a single student.
  • Are you prepared and competent to use Zoom technology should it become necessary? If not, please download CCU's Zoom User Guide for faculty and staff or submit a job request.
  • As you consider these things, what additional resources would be helpful for you?

CAGS Operations

Until further notice, all adult in-seat classes – including Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and all military bases will be moved online. Due to the nature of the Nursing program, including the skills lab on Union, there will be additional communication specifically to the nursing students.

Final Precautions

Any employee who believes that they have been exposed to coronavirus should notify their supervisor immediately to arrange alternative work arrangements and self-quarantine at home. The supervisor should notify their divisional vice president who will confidentially notify the coronavirus response team.

Any employees who have medical conditions or compromised immune systems should work with their supervisor to make arrangements to work from home effective immediately.

The University has established a coronavirus information website, where you can find important updates and the latest information.

Finally, please plan to join us for our March 13 Strategic Priorities Workshop, for an in-person update on COVID-19 and CCU's response.

This is a difficult time for many. Let us continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this virus — in our community, our state, and across the world. We continue to seek God's divine wisdom and protection in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

March 9 - Update for Faculty and Staff

Dear faculty and staff –

Colorado Christian University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).

Many, if not all of you, will be aware that cases have been confirmed in numerous counties in Colorado. University officials have been in contact with county and state officials and will continue to review updates from federal and international health agencies to monitor the situation.

Accordingly, the University has also assembled a Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) to prepare for and to address a potential case in the CCU community, whether student, faculty, or staff.

For our traditional undergraduate student population, the Office of Student Life has maintained a current Infectious Disease Response Plan for many years. The purpose of this plan is to assist CCU in preparing for and responding to a possible infectious disease outbreak on the Lakewood campus. The Office of Student Life also has a student travel policy in place. A copy of this policy can be found in the College of Undergraduate Studies Student Handbook (page 157 and page 172), or online at https://www.ccu.edu/private/response-plan/

In the event of an outbreak in the greater Denver area, the University will also work with local and state agencies to ensure the best possible response for the health and safety of the campus, as well as the local and state populations. For further information, please see the University's coronavirus statement.

Safety and precaution for all students, faculty, staff, and their families are of paramount importance during this virus outbreak. To honor that responsibility and out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, in the coming days the CRT will be making key decisions regarding working conditions, University-sponsored travel, employee personal travel, and other operational activities that could be affected. These updates will be communicated to you via email from the Office of the President, as well as in person by your supervisor and/or divisional vice president.

Equally, it is very important that all responses to all stakeholders be properly coordinated to avoid mixed signals and conflicting messages. Accordingly, all communications to the CCU community and beyond regarding CCU's response or actions relative to the coronavirus will only be from the Office of the President. Please do not take any actions or send any communications to any student, parent, or other stakeholder without prior authorization. Please coordinate all desired communication or questions at this time to CCU's Director of Communications and University Spokesperson, Lance Oversole (loversole@ccu.edu, 303-963-3447).

Finally, the CRT is gathering a comprehensive log of all events that are taking place over the next few months from March until June. These include University events that would have guests coming to campus or events that have faculty, staff, or students attending them off campus (e.g. the recent VALS Conference or the upcoming Western Conservative Summit).

In an attempt to monitor these events, we are asking all University personnel to register events in their areas that are not currently on the University public web calendar, and will take place between now and the end of June. If you are hosting or planning an event that is not currently on the University calendar, please notify Lance Oversole (loversole@ccu.edu) of the date, location, and details of the event for the comprehensive log, no later than close of business on Tuesday, March 10. If you have multiple events, please include them on an excel spreadsheet. Please do not assume that we know of any event that is not on the calendar (www.ccu.edu/events) . Be sure to include whether the event is on-campus, off-campus, or a trip somewhere in-state or out-of-state. If an out of state trip please include connecting flights to and from the destination.

Thank you for your cooperation. It is important that we maintain clarity in all communications, and are aware of potential risk to our community and visitors. Most importantly, please pray for the safety of the CCU community as we respond to this ever-changing situation. Let us continue to place our trust in the Lord, and not be bound by fear, for He is our hope.

Let us continue to place our trust in the Lord, and not be bound by fear, for He is our hope.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting
President
Colorado Christian University

February 27 - University Statement on Coronavirus

Colorado Christian University understands that members of the University community may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. At this time, there are no confirmed cases nor suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus, or in the State of Colorado. The risk of COVID-19 for Coloradans is low at this time.

However, in order to safeguard the health of the University community, Colorado Christian University remains in close communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Should there are any suspected cases on campus, the CDPHE will provide directions to our on-campus health care providers and University administrators on how to proceed. In the event that one of our staff nurses has a cause for concern regarding a patient, they will immediately direct the patient to their primary care physician and contact the CDPHE for further instructions.

Know the Facts

  • To become sick, someone has to be “exposed” to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
  • Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. However, even that is not a guarantee that someone will become sick with the virus.
  • For these reasons, people at higher risk of becoming sick are:
    • People who have traveled to China within the last two weeks.
    • People who have had close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.
  • Like any other virus, no identity, community, ethnic, or racial group in Colorado is more at risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.
  • State and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

Risk from other viruses is greater

  • There are many kinds of coronaviruses, like the common cold, currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. While these viruses may also be called “coronaviruses,” they are not COVID-19.
  • There also are many other kinds of respiratory illnesses (such as flu) circulating right now.
  • People are at much greater risk of getting the flu than the COVID-19. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Symptoms and severity

  • Symptoms of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Any of these illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
  • If you did not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely you have novel coronavirus. But if you are ill and concerned, contact your health care provider.

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

If you are healthy:

  • Continue your normal daily routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gathering such as work, school, or social activities.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

COVID-19 in the community

  • It's important to remember that the risk to most Coloradans from COVID-19 is low. If an individual does not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely they have novel coronavirus. But if they are ill and concerned, they should contact a health care provider.
  • Colorado state and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

This information was sourced from the CDPHE website.