We can’t emphasize this enough: It’s vital that all Mines students (and employees) monitor their health regularly AND stay/return home if sick. This is especially important if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19—even if your symptoms are mild and you think you feel well enough to attend class. (Last updated Dec. 23, 2020)
Those symptoms include:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
If you are feeling unwell in any manner, please take extra precautions during this time. Nasal congestion, chills, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and nausea are common symptoms of COVID-19. Please stay home and take care of yourself. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention from your healthcare provider, if needed.
For more information about the virus and how it spreads, check out the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.
So, you’re experiencing one of the symptoms of COVID. What should you do?
Step 1: Do not come to campus. If you’re already on campus, return home immediately at the first sign of any symptoms and remain there. If you live on campus, return to your campus residence immediately.
Step 2: Take steps to ensure you get the health care and attention you need.
- Mines students: Please reach out to the Mines Student Health Center — they can help you determine the next steps to take. You can reach the Health Center by calling 303-273-3381 any time from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Due to COVID-19, the Student Health Center cannot accept walk-ins at this time.) After hours, Mines students have access to AHP Live Care tele-health services for free, as well as other community after-hours options.
- Mines faculty and staff: Reach out to your primary health care provider to see if they advise testing.
Be sure to tell the clinic or your health care provider if you have had known exposure to a COVID-19 positive case. While some cases of COVID-19 can be mild, others can be very serious. Take steps to ensure you get the care, attention and support you need.
If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, weakness, chest pain, confusion or your lips are turning blue, please call 911 or seek care at your nearest Emergency Department immediately.
Step 3: If your health care provider recommends testing or indicates you may have COVID-19, notify campus officials of your illness by using the COVID Reporting Tool. Providing this information will allow Mines to respond and intervene more quickly on confirmed/presumed cases of COVID-19 within our campus community.
Mines students, staff and faculty should use this reporting form if they:
- Have received a positive COVID-19 test result
- Have had close contact with (live with or had extended face-to-face contact for >10 minutes with) someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (irrespective of mask use)
- Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results
- Have symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Are reporting on behalf of a Mines community member who falls in one of the four categories above
IMPORTANT: If you live on campus (Residence Halls, Mines Park, or 1750 Jackson) and become aware of any of these circumstances or symptoms after 6:00 p.m. you should also report by calling your RA on-duty to get immediate assistance with determining next steps. If you live in a fraternity or sorority house, to report after 6:00 p.m., you should also call the Fraternity & Sorority Life Coordinator.
Step 4: Help school or public health officials identify persons who may have had close contact with you during your infectious period. This is called contact tracing. You will be contacted by a member of either the Mines CRIT team or by a county public health official. (If you live in Golden, it’s Jefferson County.) Not sure what we mean by contact tracing? Check out this handy infographic from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Step 5: Stay home (isolate) and get well soon! What does it mean to quarantine or isolate, really? Click her for specific details for on-campus residents.
In order for you to return to campus after having one of the symptoms of COVID-19, you must be meet ALL of the following:
- Be fever-free (without taking medication to reduce fever) for at least 24 hours AND
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, the cough and shortness of breath have improved) AND
- At least 10 days must have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
For additional information about how to quarantine and isolate, go to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.
And don’t worry: All Mines professors are being asked to be flexible with students about making up missed work while they were ill.
- Request a Personal Excused Absence using this form.
- Feeling better but still under a quarantine or isolation order? All in-person lectures will be recorded, so you can keep up with class from home. But first, focus on getting well!
What should I do if I’ve been notified that I’m a close contact?
If you share a house with someone (family members or roommates) who:
- has tested positive for COVID-19
- is a probable positive COVID-19 case, or
- has been asked by a health care provider to self-isolate
- Or you yourself have been notified by officials from Mines or a county public health department that you are a ‘close contact’
You must stay home (or in your assigned residence hall room) and self-quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure to the COVID-19 case before returning to campus. People who have been exposed to coronavirus and who are at risk for coming down with COVID-19 — known as close contacts — are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Two weeks provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people.
In general, you do not need a test if you do not have symptoms. If you think you have been exposed, limit your contact with other people for 14 days after your exposure. However, if your health care provider advises being tested, you should wait at about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms.
Consistent with public health practices, Mines does not allow someone to “test out of quarantine.” If you are identified as a close contact, you will need to complete the entire 14-day quarantine period.
A few more details regarding close contacts and testing:
- Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
- While it’s a good idea to wait at about seven days to be tested after the date of exposure, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should minimize their contact with others for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.
- Coloradans who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their healthcare provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.
For additional information about how to quarantine and isolate, go to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website. Specific guidance for on-campus residents can be found here.
Where can students get tested for COVID-19?
All Mines students (and employees) can get tested for COVID-19 through our partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado (CCC) either at CCC’s on-campus testing site (1922 Jones Road) or any other CCC location. Current testing hours are listed below but are subject to change.
In case of emergency—including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face—call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher about your COVID-19 symptoms.
The COVIDCheck Colorado (CCC) testing site on the Mines campus (1922 Jones Road) is currently open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to noon. The testing site can support any Mines student, faculty or staff member who wishes to test at this location. All Mines students, faculty and staff with a CWID should use this link to register for testing even during community hours: primarybio.com/a/mines.
CCC is also making appointments available for general community testing at this site Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to noon. Reservations are required. Community testing is currently available through March 2021. This allows members of your family and household to access testing at this location. General community members (those without a Mines CWID) can register for testing using this link: primarybio.com/l/cdphe. Mines students, faculty and staff can also schedule during the community hours, but should use the Mines specific link.
Community Testing Locations
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Jefferson County Public Health have a list of providers currently providing community COVID-19 testing. Click here for current state guidance on COVID-19 testing.