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Update: Coronavirus - March 10, 2020

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear DU Community,

The University continues to closely monitor the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community. Today, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency in Colorado and announced that there are 16 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

When we have a rapidly escalating situation such as with COVID-19, a state of emergency is declared to allow the state to access federal resources that would not otherwise be available. Governor Polis plans to pursue additional resources such as additional COVID-19 tests, as well as increased financial assistance to make it easier for health, food, nursing home and state employees to stay home if they become ill.

This is an important step to help protect the community during this time. Because this health situation is evolving rapidly, please be sure to take actions to help prevent the spread of illness and remember that the University has support resources for faculty, staff and students if needed.

For students: Regardless of your status on campus, students have the resources of the Health and Counseling Center by calling 303-871-2205 or reaching out via email at

Additionally, students have the opportunity to connect with a Student Outreach & Support (SOS) Case Manager to determine which support resource is best for their situation by calling 303-871-2400 or reaching out online at

For faculty and staff: SupportLinc is the Employee Assistance Program for the University of Denver for you and your immediate family members. All requests for information or assistance through the SupportLinc program are free of charge and completely confidential. You can contact SupportLinc anytime, around-the-clock, 365 days a year. To get started, call 1-888-881-LINC [5462], or log in to the SupportLinc website or eConnect® mobile app (iOS/Android) with the username universityofdenver.

I will provide another update on Friday with the latest information regarding guidelines and changes about health precautions and travel. In the meantime, please visit our website for frequently asked questions and answers and other useful information. I am confident that we are taking the appropriate and necessary precautions as we continue to monitor the situation very closely. 


Jeremy Haefner