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Important DU Information
- The Centers for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and your healthcare provider are the best sources for up-to-date information on COVID-19, which is recognized to be highly contagious. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- The University has received reports of positive cases among some students and staff. No students on campus have reported they have been confirmed positive. In each instance, we follow the advice of public health and medical professionals as to best practice responses. The University follows recommended notification protocols to those who may have had high-risk exposure.
- The University is open. For more information, visit the Return-to-Work page.
- We will be offering a very limited number of small, highly experiential courses in a face-to-face format, and we plan to reopen with face-to-face classes when we begin our fall quarter in mid-September.
- The Undergraduate Admission office is open virtually.
- Domestic and international nonessential travel for University-business is prohibited.
- We've adjusted building access. Exterior doors are locked. A valid ID card is required for faculty, staff and students to access facilities. Visit the card office in South Driscoll if you need an ID card.
- In response to COVID-19, we're forming five task forces to analyze our situation, collect data and make the best recommendations possible. A sixth group, a University Planning Steering Committee will coordinate and communicate about the work of the other five.
Messages from Leadership
DU Task Forces Begin Work: May 18, 2020
As I have previously shared, there is much work to be done as we manage the financial impacts of the coronavirus on our University, and on every member of our community. The implications on the students we serve, and on their families, cannot be overstated.
Summer Programs & Events at DU: May 14, 2020
While a few events may be held as planned—in compliance with state and local orders for gathering sizes—we know that anything considered large or even medium-scale will not take place.
Spring Commencement 2020 Update - May 13, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic has taught us that some occasions can be commemorated online, nearly everyone we spoke with agreed that it would be impossible, in a digital format, to capture the pride and joy we feel as a community when thousands of people gather together in Magness Arena, dressed in academic regalia, to honor academic achievement, celebrate the making of lifelong friendships, and express our gratitude to the families and friends who made the experience possible.
Navigating this Crisis
As of May 28, there are 1,709,996 confirmed cases in the United States, including 24,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state. A total of 1,392 Coloradans have died as a result of COVID-19. There have been 270 outbreaks in residential and non-hospital health care facilities.
In the midst of this global health crisis and always, the health and safety of our community is our foremost priority. The University has received reports of positive cases among some students and staff. No students on campus have reported that they have been confirmed positive. In each instance, we follow the advice of public health and medical professionals as to best practice responses. The University follows recommended notification protocols to those who may have had high-risk exposure.
Local, State & Federal Response
On March 10, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency in Colorado. The declaration allows the state access to additional resources and is an important step as public health officials work to better contain the outbreak and spread of COVID-19. On March 13, the White House issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 24, Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver issued a stay-at-home executive order. On March 26, Governor Jared Polis also submitted a stay-at-home executive order for the state of Colorado. With few exceptions, Colorado residents are not to leave their homes. On April 26, Colorado will leave stay-at-home and enter the safer-at-home phase of its response to the pandemic. However, Mayor Michael Hancock has extended Denver's stay-at-home order through May 8.
COVID-19 Resource: myColoradoTM App
The State of Colorado announced enhancements to the myColoradoTM mobile app to help Coloradans stay current on COVID-19 information and access assistance on the Colorado PEAK® website. Coloradans can also sign up to receive COVID-19 text and email alerts within the app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
The City of Denver provides daily situation reports.Denver's Local Preparation & Coordination
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has set up a hotline for questions about COVID-19. You can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English, Español (Spanish),
普通话 (Mandarin), and more.