Preventing the Spread of COVID
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19 continue to be vaccinations, staying home when you are sick, and getting tested when sick or exposed to COVID. To minimize infection and the spread of COVID-19, UCCS currently offers regular vaccine clinics, free rapid testing at the Wellness Center for enrolled students, and free COVID-19 at-home test kits are available to faculty, staff, and students at the University Center information desk and the Wellness Center waiting room.
We ask that all campus members assist with the prevention of spread by staying home when you experience any onset of new COVID-19 like symptoms such as ear pain, nasal congestion or runny nose, cough, fever, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. If you have any questions related to COVID-19 precautions, please email email@example.com for guidance.
Updates to Contact Tracing and Quarantines
Please note that UCCS and El Paso County Public Health are only contact tracing individuals who test positive for COVID-19 in the following categories.
- Residential students living on campus
- Individuals age 50 and older
- Campus outbreaks
All other individuals will be responsible for notifying their close contacts. The Wellness Center has templates to assist individuals with notifying their close contacts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who have been in close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 individual no longer need to quarantine, but should take the following precautions:
- Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days after exposure.
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5, if possible.
- If you develop symptoms, you should get tested and isolate until results are received. If you test negative, continue taking precautions through day 10.
For updates on El Paso County rates, visit the El Paso County Health COVID-19 Dashboard
For updates on cases in the state of Colorado, visit covid19.colorado.gov/data