Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colorado School of Mines continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The latest updates, as well as all previous communications, are included below.

Emergency management officials are in close coordination with the Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and have assembled a cross-functional team to coordinate planning and actions in order to mitigate impact on education and services, develop contingency plans, and support students and employees.

Coronavirus-Related Campus Communications

Campus COVID-19 response update: Feb. 26, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Student-facing higher education faculty and staff could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as soon as March 21 – In a Friday afternoon press conference, Gov. Jared Polis announced updates to the state’s vaccine distribution plan – including a move to prioritize student-facing higher education faculty and staff for vaccination in a new Phase 1B.4. The target start date for Phase 1B.4 – which also includes all Coloradans age 50 and older – is March 21. Phase 1B.3 launches March 5...

An update on COVID-19 vaccine prioritization for Colorado’s universities and colleges

Dear Members of the Mines Campus Community, We know that many of you have questions about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines – and in particular, whether or not faculty, staff or students at Colorado’s universities and colleges will be added to a priority group ahead of the general public. For reference, the State is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible Coloradans in Phases 1A, 1B.1 and 1B.2 as outlined in the state’s vaccine distribution chart. According to officials, the...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Feb. 19, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard Update — The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 20 active cases on campus. A total of 2,239 tests were completed last week, with a positivity rate of 0.89 percent. Additional case details are available here. There are currently four active outbreaks on campus, in Spruce Hall, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Elm Hall and Sigma Phi Epsilon. CDPHE defines outbreaks as two or more individuals within a cohort (facility, business, non-household group) who have tested...

Mines COVID-19 Testing Program: Results delayed due to winter storms

Dear COVID Testing Participant, We have been informed by COVIDCheck Colorado that test specimens collected this week (2/15 through today) continue to experience weather-related shipping delays due to the recent winter storms impacting a huge swath of the country. At this time, unfortunately we are unable to give an estimated time for this week’s test results to be delivered to our community members. Should I get another test? It’s up to you. We remain optimistic that your test from this week...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Feb. 12, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard Update – The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 29 active cases on campus. A total of 2,452 tests were completed last week, with a positivity rate of 0.98 percent. Additional case details are available here. There are currently four active outbreaks on campus, in Bradford Hall, Spruce Hall, Kappa Sigma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. CDPHE defines outbreaks as two or more individuals within a cohort (facility, business, non-household group) who have tested...

Dean of Students: Having a fun and COVID-safe President’s Day Break

Dear Mines students, President’s Day Break is almost here and we hope you’re making plans to have some fun and get some much-deserved rest and relaxation. That’s why we’re writing you today: to make a quick request that no matter where those plans take you next weekend, you keep COVID-19 safety in mind. We’re not asking you skip your trip home to visit family and friends – although SAIL and Campus Rec. have a ton of fun activities planned on campus all weekend. Rather, we just ask you to be...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Feb. 5, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard Update – The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 38 active cases on campus. A total of 2,372 tests were completed last week, with a positivity rate of 1.22 percent. Additional case details are available here. Three outbreaks remain active on campus, in Bradford Hall, Spruce Hall and Kappa Sigma. CDPHE defines outbreaks as two or more individuals within a cohort (facility, business, non-household group) who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day...

President Johnson to students: Orediggers, we can do this – but I need your help

Dear Orediggers, A parent recently wrote: “President Johnson, Thank you for believing in our children and keeping them in the classroom.”  And I replied: “It's easy to believe in our students. 15 minutes with them will convince you of that. Fingers crossed that they stay that way through May. Take care - stay well - Go Orediggers!  PCJ”  While many schools delayed and started their spring semester in remote learning, we came back to classrooms and residence halls on schedule.  Other schools...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Jan. 29, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard Update – The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 34 active cases on campus. A total of 2,103 tests were completed last week, with a positivity rate of 0.90 percent. Additional case details are available here. The three outbreaks reported last week also remain active: Bradford Hall Spruce Hall Kappa Sigma CDPHE defines outbreaks as two or more individuals within a cohort (facility, business, non-household group) who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a...

Mines Dining will be take-out only until further notice

Mines Dining will shift to take-out only service effective immediately, Wednesday, Jan. 27. Both Mines Market and Periodic Table will be closed to in-person dining until further notice. This alteration in service is tied to confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community. Students and employees who have accessed these facilities in recent days are not being asked to take special actions other than continuing to practice the virus precautions outlined below.  This message is being sent to the entire...

COVID-19 Email Updates

Every Friday, the communications office at Mines distributes the Mines Climbs Together update—an email containing the latest news, resources and reminders related to COVID-19 response activities at Mines.

Parents, families and community members are invited to sign up for these weekly notifications.