COVID-19 Safety: Stay Home If Sick

Not feeling well? Stay home.

We can’t emphasize this enough: It is vital that all Mines students and employees be mindful of how they feel AND stay/return home if sick, regardless of vaccination status. 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 Jan. 7, 2022)

Illustration of young man lying sick in bedThose symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • 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 health care 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: Report your situation to Mines COVID Response Initiator Team, CRIT. You can report through this reporting tool.

Regardless of vaccination status, 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

Step 3: Get a COVID-19 test. Sign up for a free, on-campus COVID-19 test through COVIDCheck Colorado. If a time slot for today is not available, schedule the next available appointment (even if it’s the next day) and go as soon as you can. The Mines testing site is open Monday-Saturday.

Step 4: Reach out to a medical provider to ensure you get the health care and attention you need.

  • Mines students: Contact the Student Health Center at 303-273-3381 for further guidance. After hours, all Mines students have access to Academic Live Care tele-health. Instructions are available at In an emergency, students should call 911.
  • Mines faculty and staff: Reach out to your primary health care provider

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 5: Follow the guidance provided by CRIT.

For more information on Mines’ guidance and support:

What should I do if I’ve been notified that I’m a close contact?

Report your situation to Mines COVID Response Initiator Team, CRIT. You can report through this reporting tool, regardless of vaccination status. CRIT will advise you on what to do next.

Additionally, students who are feeling well but must quarantine or isolate should communicate with their professors to see how they can make up work.

Students under quarantine or isolation directives may need academic support to make up work or to learn concepts explained during a lecture which they may or may not have access to. CASA can provide information on tutoring, office hours for core subjects, academic coaching and the like. Students can request assistance by emailing or their academic advisor directly.