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UCCS Responding to first Student Cases of COVID-19

With the start of the fall semester, several colleges and universities across the nation are reporting COVID-19 cases on their campuses.

On Monday, Aug. 31, three of our students reported to us that they tested over that weekend positive for COVID-19. All three of the students live off campus and are in close contact outside of school, which is where the exposures occurred.

We are confident that these cases have not resulted in a campus-wide spread. We are glad that all three students are only experiencing mild symptoms and are self-isolating. We have conducted contact tracing and have notified 14 individuals who may have been exposed. If you are not one of them, please feel comfortable that you were not exposed. 
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UCCS is still open. Please follow all posted guidelines and protocols to continue to preserve our ability to host in-person classes.

Before coming to the UCCS campus, please visit our Campus Access page, here. Be sure to take our campus access training and daily wellness check, posted on our Campus Access page, and below. 

Campus Access Training

Wellness Check Test

COVID-19-ready dashboard

Please see our frequently asked questions and UCCS resources sections below.

Your Questions Answered
Frequently Asked Questions
  • The UCCS Status Board can help

    Please view our UCCS and OIT Status Boards to determine what resources are available or are unavailable. 

  • Event updates

    REMOTE EVENTS

    Student Life

    Campus Recreation

    • Campus Recreation is open to students, faculty and staff this fall for open recreation. Events and activities include SOLE outdoor meet-ups, bike and climbing workshops, intramural sports leagues and tournaments, club sports, group fitness classes and personal training, virtual cooking classes, and more. For a full list of activities, visit campusrec.uccs.edu. Any questions can be directed to rec@uccs.edu

    Ent Center for the Arts Events

  • Symptoms and prevention for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Symptoms

    • Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, fatigue, and new loss of sense of taste or smell, although not all those who have COVID-19 develop symptoms.

    Prevention:

    • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home when you are ill.
    • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. 
    • It is especially important to clean your hands after gong to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
    • Cover your face with a face covering in public places, especially when on the UCCS campus.

    There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to practice the prevention strategies described above and avoid being exposed.

  • Guidance & Who to call
    • Please view and utilize our Campus Access page to find campus exposure guidance, as well as our face covering guidelines and more: https://covid19.uccs.edu/campus-access
       
    • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, seek medical advice. Contact your healthcare provider or Wellness Center Health Services at 719-255-4444 for advice, recommendations, or to make an appointment if needed. Please call before coming into the Wellness Center, doctor's office or emergency room to let them know about your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19, as well as your symptoms.
       
    • If you have general questions about COVID-19 you can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandrin (普通话), and more. 
  • Face Covering Guidelines

    You can view our Campus Access page for details on exposure, our face covering guidelines and more. Our face covering guidlines is also posted below.

  • Measures taken to increase physical space between people can be summarized as Social Distancing

    UCCS is supportive of health organization recommendations to practice social distancing. The CDC is supportive of measures that allow social distancing, including working from home if sick or at-risk, temporary closures, online learning, limiting mass gatherings and increasing the distance between people. 

    The recommended distance between humans practicing social distancing, according to the CDC, is six feet. 

    If you do choose to attend an event, the El Paso County Health Department recommends the following: 

    • Limit close contact with others and do not shake hands.
    • Cough/sneeze into your elbow.
    • Wash your hands regularly, if sinks and soap are unavailable use provided hand sanitizer or bring your own (use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
    • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, stadium arm rests and handrails. Use a tissue or your sleeve if you have to touch those surfaces.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
    • If you’re sick stay home, and do not attend events or social gatherings
  • Return to UCCS

    Yes! We're excited to get back to campus to be able to serve you in person and remotely. 

    For Campus Access information, please visit our campus access page here. For our plans to return to campus, please visit our Return to UCCS page below.

  • UCCS follows the guidance of El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

    A negative COVID-19 test, whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic, means either you do not have a COVID-19 infection currently OR your test is a “false-negative”.  Although the test is very sensitive, a negative result can occur if there are issues with the testing machine, testing swab, or viral transport liquid.

    If you have symptoms: you will still be required to adhere to a 10-day isolation even if your COVID-19 test is negative unless you have an alternative lab confirmed diagnosis explaining symptoms, such as strep throat.

    If you were exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and were told to quarantine:  you will be required to adhere to a 14-day quarantine.  A negative test cannot release you from quarantine because it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.  
     

Our Resources
Resources for Students, Staff & Faculty
  • Remote Resources for Faculty, Staff & Students

    Visit our comprehensive resources hub for the latest resources related to remote work and remote learning. 

    Our resources relate to faculty transitioning to remote learning, students utilizing remote learning and faculty and staff working remotely. 

  • The UCCS Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center will returned to campus Aug. 10, 2020.

    We be offering in-person appointments and will continue to offer remote telehealth appointments for Health and Mental Health for students that live in Colorado. Please call 719-255-4444 to schedule an appointment.

    DO NOT WALK IN TO THE WELLNESS CENTER IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: fever, shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting.

  • Leave information and more.

    The university is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and is actively working to plan and prepare for potential local impacts. As part of that effort, the Human Resources Office is sharing employment guidance to help you manage COVID-19 concerns.

    Please know that all campus-wide decisions are being made with the health and safety of our community at the forefront, and with the best available guidance from public health authorities. As the situation evolves, further updates may be forthcoming.

    For HR-related questions, contact the Human Resources Office at 719-255-3372 or visit their website.

  • Updates regarding NCAA athletics

    Following suit with NCAA recommendations, UCCS will be halting games until further notice.

    Please read more and follow additional updates from Mountain Lion Athletics here. 

  • Information on visits, tours, orientation and more

    For prospective and admitted students and their families, we are excited to help you in your college search and to help you become a mountain lion. 

    Please utilize our resources as we help you complete visits and orientations in a virtual way this spring semester. 

  • We're ready to serve you

    Get assistance through Disability Services while remotely learning and working through Teams and more. Contact Disability Services via dservice@uccs.edu

  • Guidance on financial impact

    The UCCS Controller's Office set up this list of guidelines on how to handle both general university expenses and sponsored projects, expenditures.

    Please read these guidelines and information closely. 

  • Working to fuel the success of our military affiliated students

    As of August 10, 2020:  Open by appointment only, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 719-255-3253 or email us to set an appointment.

    Please reach out to at military@uccs.edu with appointment requests and any other question you may have.  

  • Resources by the Colorado Department of Higher Education

    A frequently updated list of resources available to students and faculty members is available and maintained by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 

     

  • Research Resources and Information

    Please visit our Office of Research page for information on how research is impacted by the remote work policy. 

    Please visit our Comptroller's site for guidance on sponsored projects and funding. 

  • Information on the copy center, bookstore and more

    BOOKSTORE:

    • The UCCS Bookstore continues to process orders placed online. Students have the option to have the order shipped to them (in-state shipping is free), or request a curbside pick-up Monday through Friday by appointment. Make sure to include a phone number for staff to contact you to coordinate the pick-up time. Get answers to your Bookstore-specific Q&A by visiting their site here.

    RECREATION

    • Campus Recreation is offering both in-person and remote programs, events, and activities for students, faculty, and staff. All activities can be viewed at campusrec.uccs.edu. Please visit the Campus Recreation homepage for any program, activity, or operational COVID-19 related updates. 
      For additional questions, email rec@uccs.edu

    COPY CENTER

    • The UCCS Copy Center is still able to support needs on campus. While there are no reductions in service, your projects may take a little longer, and there is no walk-in service (scheduled pick ups only). Continue to send projects by email at printshp@uccs.edu.  

    ATHLETICS:

    • All games and events are canceled through the end of the spring season. 
  • COVID-19 EHS Resources

    Find information about disinfecting your office or workspace.

  • Relevant UCCS Policy

    Be sure to read and understand relevant policies in this rapidly-changing time. 

  • Adjusted Occupancy Information

    Explore updated occupancy information for classrooms and labs.

External Resources
Health & Wellness Departments
  • Up-to-date info from the CDC

    Stay up to date on the national impact of COVID-19 by following this department's updates.

  • CDPHE Information

    Stay informed on the COVID-19 impact upon Colorado by following this department's updates. 

  • Our County's Public Health Department

    Stay up to date on the COVID-19 impact upon El Paso County by following this department's updates.

Please note: The UCCS COVID-19 website is updated multiple times daily. Should you have a question not addressed within our resources or information, please contact us