Employee Health & Wellness


Protect yourself and others from the spread of illness by practicing these healthy habits:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Contact your medical provider if you have questions or health concerns

If you are ill, stay home:

  • Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care
  • Stay home and away from others until you are free of fever (100.4 F or greater), signs of a fever or any other symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications (e.g. cough suppressants)


If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or local emergency room for guidance and referral for testing. It is recommended that you call these entities versus going in-person to avoid further spread of the virus. 

Current guidelines for testing.

If you are directed to take a COVID-19 test, follow the directions from your healthcare provider. You should also self-isolate until you receive additional guidance for your healthcare provider, local or state public health officials and Mines. Notify your supervisor and Human Resources at HRcovid@mines.edu

If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be quarantined according to the direction of state and local health departments. Immediately notify Human Resources by sending an email to HRcovid19@mines.edu. Mines will work with you directly regarding any requirements before you are able to return to work following necessary medical treatment and/or quarantine.

The Mines community will be notified when the first positive tests impact our community but will not share names of affected parties. Mines will follow guidance of state and local public health officials.


The State of Colorado has mandated fully insured plans, such as Mines’ plans, cover COVID-19 testing for individuals meeting testing criteria with no employee cost share. This means that there will be no deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance for testing related services provided in-network. If in-network testing is not available, out-of-network testing will be covered. Testing normally requires a physician’s order.

Anthem Members are strongly encouraged to call their provider for guidance before booking an appointment through an online system if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you require urgent or emergency care, you are encouraged to contact the facility in advance of seeking care. The use of telehealth services is also strongly encouraged. LiveHealth Online provides video based visits and is in-network on all Anthem Plans. For more information, to register and schedule appointments please visit LiveHealth Online

If your normal provider is unavailable or you require assistance in finding a provider, contact Anthem Member Services at 1-800-542-9402.

Follow-up care will also be covered by your plan. Employees will be responsible for the normal cost share as outlined in their plans. This may include deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance. Most, but not all, Mines faculty are covered under a no deductible, co-pay based plan.

If you have additional questions, contact the Mines Benefits Office at 303-273-3052.


TeleHealth for Anthem Members

Video visits with licensed medical providers and mental health providers are available through LiveHealth Online for all Anthem members. All member costs for these services will be waived through June 14, 2020.
  • To access care you must be registered with LiveHealth Online
  • You will need your Anthem insurance card with your plan information in order to register
  • If you register without providing your Anthem insurance information, you will be charged full price for the visit
  • If you have an Anthem account you can register on the Athem website, or you can register directly with LiveHealth Online 



Employees should try to make every effort to obtain childcare for children 13 and younger, but if no other options are available, employees are encouraged to work remotely. If you’re unable to work remotely, you can use accrued sick leave and vacation until exhausted and then use unpaid administrative leave for an appropriate time period determined by Mines.

Mines offers low cost back-up care options for our full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff through Bright Horizons. Bright Horizons can also arrange for adult and elder care.

You can register or request care by calling Bright Horizons at 1-877-242-2737 or at www.careadvantage.com/mines. It is recommended that if possible, you complete the registration process online before requesting care.

If you find your own caregiver, Bright Horizons may be able to assist with the cost.

In order to ensure the safety of caregivers and families Bright Horizons has requested that individuals who meet any of the following criteria refrain from using back up services for 14 days.

  • Return from a Level 3 area as designated by the Centers of Disease Control
  • Has had close contact with anyone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

If you have questions please contact the Benefits Office at 303-273-3052.


If you are suspected of having COVID-19 and are quarantined or self-isolated, send medical documentation of the recommendation from your healthcare provider or your supervisor and Human Resources.

If you have symptoms and cannot work remotely, you may use accrued sick leave until it is exhausted and then can use five days of accrued vacation time. After that period, you will be placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the time period recommended by your medical provider.

If you feel like you can work (part- or full-time) but do not feel comfortable coming in to work, discuss the situation with your supervisor so they can consider appropriate work assignments.