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What You Need to Know at CU About Coronavirus

Updated on:
February 14, 2020

CU Denver | Anschutz staff are actively monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of our community.

As the chancellors wrote in a Jan. 30 communique, infection control experts say the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains low in the United States.

At this time, there are no reports of coronavirus cases on our campuses, and there are no confirmed cases in Colorado. More information, updated frequently, is available on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and the World Health Organization website, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

This site will be updated as needed.

Caring for Our Community

Members of the CU Denver | Anschutz community may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation. Please remember that the health and well-being of our community is a group effort, strengthened by our continued support and respect for the dignity and humanity of each member. This is especially important at a time when fears about the virus can too easily foster suspicion without regard for facts.

  • Please rely on reputable sources—such as those listed above from the CDC, WHO and CDPHE—for information about the virus.
  • If you or someone you know has experienced bias, please reach out to the Office of Equity.

Travel to China

The U.S. Department of State has raised its travel advisory for China to “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” and CU Denver | Anschutz has updated its travel policies accordingly.

  • Student travel: CU Denver | Anschutz has suspended student travel to China.
  • Employee travel: Employee travel requests to China will need provost approval. Employees should follow regular university policy on pre-approval for international travel. Questions about employee travel may be directed to Associate Director of International Operations Joanne Wambeke​.

Travel from China

The U.S. government has instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people returning to the U.S. from China’s Hubei province.

Those returning from other parts of mainland China on or after Jan. 31, 2020 will be screened, monitored, and are instructed to stay home and self-monitor their health for 14 days.

Travelers who returned from mainland Chinese provinces other than Hubei before Jan. 31 should contact CDPHE for guidance.

In order to abide by the federal government-ordered quarantine for all U.S. citizens and others returning from the Hubei province in China, CU Denver | Anschutz employees returning from China who are quarantined will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Employees returning from other areas of mainland China who are instructed by the federal government to self-quarantine, and who cannot perform their duties remotely, will also be placed on paid administrative leave. Quarantine time not worked remotely should be recorded in the leave system as “Administrative Leave.”  If an employee is sick for any reason, leave should be recorded as “Sick Leave.”

For questions about leave, please contact the CU Denver | Anschutz Human Resources Employee Relations team at 303-724-9686.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

How contagious is COVID-19?

While all of the details of COVID-19 are not known, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that transmission appears to be similar to other acute respiratory viruses such as other coronaviruses, seasonal influenza or the common cold. At this time, there are NO reported cases of transmission in the United States in schools, other institutions, or other public places.

How do I prevent the spread of coronavirus?

The strategies for preventing the spread of coronavirus are the same as for the common cold and seasonal influenza. The importance of regular handwashing and respiratory etiquette (e.g. covering your cough with a tissue or using your elbow or shoulder) cannot be overstated.  In addition, routine environmental cleaning of work areas such as workstations, keyboards and doorknobs is important. No additional cleaning beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms can include:

·   Fever

·   Cough

·   Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

What should I do if I become sick with an acute respiratory illness?

As is always the case, sick employees are actively encouraged to stay home. Consult your personal physician for additional guidance for your evaluation and care.

What if I have a family member who is sick with acute respiratory illness?

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 (or any other acute respiratory illness) should notify their supervisor and refer to the CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure. The University’s Occupational Health Program is available to assist with this assessment.

University Points of Contact

Who to contact if:

·       You plan to travel to mainland China: Joanne Wambeke​, Associate Director of International Operations 

·       You returned from mainland China after Jan. 31, 2020: Devra Barter at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

·       You’re a university employee who is unable to work because of a quarantine: Human Resources Employee Relations team at 303-724-9686

·       You’re a care provider: Resources for Local Public Health Agencies and Healthcare Providers, information provided by the CDPHE

Additional Resources and Information:

The CDC has a number of regularly updated websites with additional guidance and information.  Employees and students are encouraged to visit these sites often: