Alert Levels & Triggers

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Current Level: Blue

In response to increased COVID-19 transmission, as of January 2021, the University has developed six tiered alert levels from green to purple to guide its operation. Adjustments of these levels will be based on factors including positivity rates, average number of cases, hospital availability, campus conditions and public orders. DU’s alert status operates independently from state and city alerts but carefully considers and abides by all state and city ordinances.

DU community members must comply with state and city orders as well as campus protocols described in each alert level. This includes social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand hygiene, daily symptom monitoring, and complying with testing and contact tracing. Rules apply to all, including individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who have an acknowledged positive COVID-19 test in their medical record and are finished with their isolation period are exempted from further testing and quarantine for 90 days per CDC guidance.

Non-compliance may result in a loss of campus access and may have other implications for your relationship with the University (see the compliance & enforcement protocol for more information). 

Green

Green: Low Risk

Virus prevalence is low on campus and in the surrounding community, testing capacity and supply chain are strong, and compliance with established campus protocols is high.

  • On-campus in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online courses are available
  • Capacity for buildings is limited to 70 percent
  • Events limited to no more than 100 people
  • Visitors allowed consistent with visitor protocol
Blue

Blue: Low to Moderate Risk

Virus prevalence is low on campus and low to moderate in the surrounding community, conditions on campus are well controlled with strong testing and supply chain capacity.

  • On campus in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online courses are available
  • Capacity for buildings is limited to 50-60 percent
  • Events limited to no more than 50 people
  • Visitors allowed following visitor protocol
Yellow

Yellow: Moderate Risk

Virus prevalence is low to moderate and conditions on campus are well-controlled with strong testing and supply chain capacity, but indicators point toward potential challenges in responding to increased rate of transmission rising transmission rates in the surrounding community.

  • On-campus in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online courses are available
  • Capacity for buildings is limited to 50 percent
  • Events limited to no more than 25 people
  • Visitors allowed following visitor protocols
Orange

Orange: Moderate to High Risk

Virus prevalence is moderate to high and indicators point to even further increase. Conditions on campus are manageable with strong testing capacity and minimum 30-day supply chain and 14-day isolation/quarantine capacity. Conditions in Denver and Colorado may be difficult; ICU bed capacity at 50% or greater.

  • On campus in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online courses are available
  • On campus access up to 40%, building occupancy reduced to 20-30%
  • Events limited to no more than 25 people
  • Visitors allowed only as an exception and must follow visitor protocols
Red

Red: High Risk

Virus prevalence has increased on campus and in the surrounding community, and testing, isolation, quarantine, and/or ICU bed and hospital capacity is stressed.

  • On campus in-person and hybrid courses and activities require approval
  • On-campus access limited to 20%
  • No visitors allowed
Purple

Purple: Severe Risk

Virus prevalence has increased on campus and in the surrounding community, and conditions are not managed – insufficient testing, isolation or quarantine resources at DU and/or insufficient hospital capacity in the surrounding community.

  • Quick pivot to fully online classes & greater de-densification
  • On-campus access limited to:
    • Employees designated as COVID-19 essential employees 
    • Students who cannot safely return home
    • Students who would otherwise experience housing insecurity