Prevention & Wellness
There are a variety of tactics all members of the DU community should use in order to minimize any potential spread of COVID-19.
Safer at Home & Support for Immunocompromised Community Members
If you are immunocompromised or caring for someone who is—or if you have other health issues that make you particularly vulnerable to COVID-19—you will not be required to return to campus once we begin slowly bringing employees back.
Protect Yourself and Others
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are experiencing fever, cough or having difficulty breathing.
- Do not attend classes, work or University events if you're ill. You should stay home and avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
- Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or with your shirtsleeves — not your hands — when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
DU is Taking Precautionary Steps
While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases with a connection to DU, the University is taking the following steps across campus to assist in keeping our community healthy:
- Facilities staff clean and disinfect all bathrooms, surfaces and buildings daily. We have also ordered 200 cleaning buckets and supplies for the residence halls. At least five buckets will be available at each residence hall front desk by Friday, March 6, 2020.
- To help prevent the spread of germs during cold and flu season, the facilities staff will be refilling hand sanitizer stations across campus. Dispensers are near main entrances and/or nearby elevators. One hundred additional hand sanitizer dispensers are expected to arrive on campus this week, with another 100 ordered.
When to Seek Medical Assistance
Those who develop a cough, shortness of breath or fever within two weeks of returning from an affected area should stay home and call their healthcare provider for advice or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Students: If you are experiencing symptoms, call the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) at 303-871-2205 first before showing up at the clinic. Staff at the HCC will determine whether or not you should be seen in office or whether to send you to the ER.
- Faculty and staff: If you or a family member have traveled recently to an area of risk, or if you think you may have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms of respiratory illness, you should call the advice number on your Kaiser Permanente membership card for further instructions. It’s important to call them before you come in. Calling ahead helps them to direct you to the most appropriate care, and take precautions to protect other members, patients and employees.
Please remember, these symptoms DO NOT necessarily mean you have COVID-19, just that you should get assessed immediately. CDC guidelines determine who can be tested for COVID-19; these are updated regularly as the situation evolves.
Please be reminded that these infections like influenza and milder respiratory infections are prevalent in our community at this time of year. The best protection is handwashing and vaccination (for the flu), and anyone experiencing symptoms should remain home.
People with milder, nonspecific symptoms such as nasal congestion or mild cough without fever should be careful, practice good hygiene and self-care, avoid close contact with other people and be on the lookout for worsening symptoms.
- Student Outreach & Support is a University resource where trained staff members ensure that students are connected to appropriate campus resources, have a plan of action to meet their goals, and learn how to navigate challenging situations. Activate these services by completing an SOS Referral at sos.du.edu or by calling 303-871-2400.
- We recognize that these can be anxious and stressful times. For students interested in support, we suggest contacting Counseling Services at 303-871-2205 or visiting their website.