Coronavirus FAQs

About COVID-19, Health, Wellness and Prevention

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19, which tend to appear 2-14 days after exposure, include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What is the status of coronavirus at Mines?

On March 18, Mines received notification of its first positive case of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and notified campus. The research associate, who works in Berthoud Hall, was last on campus March 17. The laboratory where the individual works and all common areas of Berthoud are being cleaned and disinfected per public health guidelines. Those on campus whom the researcher had close contact with have been notified and are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Read the full notification here: https://www.mines.edu/emergency/notification-of-confirmed-case-of-covid-19-at-mines/

(Last updated March 19, 2020)

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever (100.4 F or above) and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, do not come to campus. Stay home except to get medical care. 

  • Stay home and self-isolate. Manage your symptoms at home the same way you would manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.
  • If you need medical care, contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center by phone. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

If you don’t have symptoms but know you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you should self-quarantine for 14 days. (Information on How to Quarantine from CDPHE: https://covid19.colorado.gov/how-to-quarantine)

How can I protect myself from coronavirus?

The CDC recommends the following preventative measures against COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing. Skip social gatherings and nonessential trips. Keep at least six feet of distance between you and other people when you are outdoors or in stores.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

Note: The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. However, face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.

For more information, go to the CDC website.

I am not feeling well, but I have a big exam/project due in class today and I can’t miss it. What should I do?

Students who are feeling unwell should stay home and request an excused absence within one week of the absence. Faculty are required to work closely with students to make up assignments, course material and quizzes/exams missed due to illness within a reasonable amount of time. As a reminder, documentation is not required for illnesses of 3 days or less.

What should I do if someone I live with is sick?

Household members (e.g., roommates), intimate partners and caregivers of someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 members should follow the following guidance from the CDC. 

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been exposed to a presumed positive case, who should I notify at Mines?

If you are diagnosed with a presumptive positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for an extended period of time) with someone with a presumptive positive, you should immediately self-quarantine yourself in your home/residence.

EMPLOYEES should also immediately notify your supervisor and Human Resources at hrcovid19@mines.edu. You will be contacted by Mines’ Human Resources Department with further direction.

STUDENTS should also immediately notify Student Health at shc@mines.edu or call 303-273-3381. You will be contacted by a Mines’ Student Health medical provider with further direction.

I am not feeling well, but I don’t have enough sick time to stay home from work. What should I do?

Employees who are feeling ill, but out of sick leave, may use vacation time to cover their absence. If you are out of vacation and sick leave, you should discuss the situation with your supervisor and send an email to benefits@mines.edu. In the email, include the name of your supervisor and a member of Mines’ Human Resources team will contact you and your supervisor to discuss the situation and provide further guidance.  

I’m feeling really stressed out. Who can I talk to?

Colorado Crisis Services is available 24/7 for immediate, professional, confidential and free support for mental health, substance use or emotional concerns.

Mental health services for students

In-person visits at the Mines Counseling Center are currently suspended, but other options are available. Please email any questions or concerns to counseling@mines.edu.

AHP Live Care
AHP Live Care is 24/7 care from your smartphone or computer at $0 cost for all Colorado School of Mines students through 7/31/2020. AHP Live Care is a convenient way to get care. See a provider from the comfort of your own home – or anywhere else for that matter. Safe and secure, it’s the quality care you need, made easier. Click below for step by step instructions, then use this link to sign up https://amwell.com/cm/.

Mental health services for employees

Mines employees can access support through the Colorado State Employees Assistance Program (CSEAP) or 303-866-4314. Most Mines employees also have access to mental health services through their health insurance. If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at 303-273-3250.

About Travel, Study Abroad & Self-Quarantine

Should I cancel my university business/university-sponsored trip that involves international travel?

Yes. Until further notice, all university-affiliated international travel is suspended. This includes travel for conferences, visits to Mines affiliates or research sites, athletics, alumni and donor events and more.

Should I cancel my university trip that will involve domestic travel?

Mines is strongly discouraging all non-essential out-of-state travel on university business until further notice. 

For questions about what qualifies as essential and non-essential travel, please contact the Provost’s Office (faculty/students) or Human Resources (staff).

Should I cancel my upcoming Spring Break or other personal/leisure trip to an international destination?

All non-essential personal travel to international destinations is strongly discouraged until further notice. Travelers returning from international destinations are asked to consider self-quarantining off campus for several days prior to returning to Mines. This will allow time to assess your health situation (and symptoms), as well as emerging information on possible infections connected to your travel destinations, flights and more.  

Should you travel through or to a country subject to a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus prior to returning to Mines.

A note on cruises: The CDC is offering very explicit warnings about planned travel aboard cruise ships. In keeping with their guidance, Mines is advising against cruise ship travel. Anyone who disembarks on a cruise ship will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following that trip prior to returning to campus. 

Should I cancel my upcoming personal/leisure trip within the United States?

In an abundance of caution, Mines is asking faculty, students and staff to consider limiting personal out-of-state travel, particularly to the U.S. cities and states currently hardest-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of this writing, the CDC is reporting 647 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with the highest reported infection numbers in the states of California, Washington and New York.

Please be advised that if you do travel, the CDC guidance could change during the course of your travels. In such cases, you may leave and not be subject to self-quarantine but by the time you return, the guidance may have changed and you may then be subject to self-quarantine.

Will I be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to school/work if I travel abroad?

Anyone (faculty, staff or students) traveling from a country subject to a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus prior to returning to Mines.

Additionally, anyone who disembarks on a cruise ship will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following that trip prior to returning to campus. 

Travelers returning from any other international destinations are asked to consider self-quarantining off campus for several days prior to returning to Mines. This will allow time to assess your health situation (and symptoms), as well as emerging information on possible infections connected to your travel destinations, flights and more.  

Please be advised that if you travel internationally, the CDC guidance could change during the course of your travels. In such cases, you may leave and not be subject to self-quarantine but by the time you return, the guidance may have changed and you may then be subject to self-quarantine.

Should I cancel my conference, event or meeting that will bring out-of-state/international visitors to campus?

If your event is non-essential in nature, or can be conducted using available virtual options, Mines is asking organizers to postpone or not hold these events on campus until further notice.

Visitors to campus traveling from a country subject to a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus prior to visiting Mines. 

In order to assist us with these preparations, we are asking that event organizers submit all university events that involve out-of-state visitors to the Mines calendar and contact Academic Affairs. While not all events will need to be canceled at this time, Mines officials will also work with event organizers to adjust their event plans in ways that may limit on-site headcount and facility usage.