Mines is working with its testing partner, COVIDCheck Colorado, to increase testing frequency for campus residents and to ensure close contacts have access to testing on campus. Beginning this week, several campus groups were moved to a weekly testing cycle.

Mines COVID-19 Dashboard updated—The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 12 new cases on campus since Tuesday. All 12 students are in isolation and recovering. Since August 17, Mines has had a total of 54 cases reported among students, faculty and staff working and studying on campus. Additional details are available here.

Indoor Homecoming events relocating outdoors or virtual only—The Mines Activities Council has an amazing slate of Homecoming events planned for this weekend, all of which were designed to meet and exceed health and safety guidelines from the state and county. Out of an abundance of caution, though, a few changes were made to the schedule Friday afternoon. All outdoor and virtual events will proceed as planned, while nearly all in-person, indoor events have been relocated to outdoor locations around campus. Only two indoor events, Friday’s Trivia Night and Saturday’s FSL Concert, will move to virtual only. To read the full message to students with the updated Homecoming schedule of events, go to the Mines Climbs Together website. Schedule updates will also be shared via MAC’s social media accounts.

You know who doesn’t have to wear a mask on campus? Spot.—Mines researchers and the Computer Science Department’s new robotic dog, Spot, were featured in a super cool CNET video this week. The researchers talked about how robots, such as Spot, can aid search and rescue missions in mines. Check out Spot’s cool moves and learn more about the research here.