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: Oct. 23, 2020

Mines COVID-19 Dashboard update—The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 11 active cases on campus. Since August 17, Mines has had a total of 83 cases reported among students, faculty and staff working and studying on campus. Additional details are available here.  Apple and Android users: Opt-in to CO Exposure Notifications this weekend—On Sunday, Colorado residents will receive a notice on their Android or Apple smartphones about opting in to a new statewide COVID-19...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Oct. 16, 2020

Mines COVID-19 Dashboard updated—The Mines COVID-19 dashboard was updated today, revealing 22 active cases on campus. Since August 17, Mines has had a total of 76 cases reported among students, faculty and staff working and studying on campus. Additional details are available here.   All classes and exams will be delivered remotely after Thanksgiving Break—In a message to campus this morning, Mines leadership updated the Mines community about the plans for the rest of the semester—particularly...

Message from Mines Leadership: Our post-Thanksgiving, end-of-semester plan

Dear Mines students, faculty and staff, We set challenging goals for ourselves at the start of the semester: open campus safely, deliver as much in-person instruction as possible, and provide options and support for all students so that they can progress toward graduation, whether or not they could attend class in-person. We also all committed to the Oredigger Promise because making it through the semester together was very important to us. In speaking with many of you, we sense pride in and...

President Johnson to students: Changing course

Dear Mines Students, Through the first six weeks of the semester, we saw limited spread of COVID-19 within our campus community, as well as few interruptions to classes, campus operations and services. As you can see in our latest COVID-19 dashboard update, the needle has moved in a worrisome direction. More than 30 members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks and are in isolation and more than 160 students who were close contacts of those cases are now in...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Oct. 9, 2020

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...

Message to students: Homecoming is here, with a few schedule changes

Dear Mines students, The Mines Activities Council has an amazing slate of events planned for you today and tomorrow to celebrate Homecoming — both in-person and virtually. They’ve done an awesome job making sure that all in-person events meet and exceed the health and safety guidelines from the state and county. In light of recent COVID-19 numbers on campus, however, we’ve decided to adjust the schedule slightly, out of an abundance of caution. While all outdoor and virtual events will occur...

Campus COVID-19 response update: Oct. 2, 2020

Message to students: Stay close and safe for Fall Break—In a message to students earlier today, Provost Rick Holz and Vice President of Student Life Dan Fox encouraged students to make the most of the upcoming Fall Break—right here in Golden. Many campus amenities will remain open Oct. 19 and 20, and SAIL is working with student clubs to organize events for students who stick around campus. “The ‘Mines bubble’ is proving to be one of the safer places to be right now,” they wrote. Read the full...

Student Life and Academic Affairs to students: Staying close and safe over Fall Break

Dear Mines students, Fall Break is just two and a half weeks away—and with it comes the opportunity to relax, catch up on the latest Netflix releases, do some reading or gaming, or put some hours into a passion project. No matter what you’re planning, we hope you’ll use the time wisely—and as it was intended. It is called a “break,” after all. While we want you to pause and recharge, we also urge you to do so here in Golden. In past years many students have used the long weekend to travel home...

Mines Market will be takeout only for breakfast & lunch Friday, Oct. 2

Mines Market will be open for takeout only during breakfast and lunch service tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2. The dining room will be closed for cleaning and will reopen for regular dinner service.  This alteration in service is tied to a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.   Students and employees who have accessed this facility 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...

Digger Design Lab closed the rest of today, Wednesday, September 30,

The Digger Design Lab (814 15th Street) will be closed for the rest of today, Wednesday, Sept. 30.   The lab, including the woodshop, will be closed all day for cleaning and will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Classes scheduled for the lab this afternoon will be held in another location or delivered remotely.   This closure is tied to a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.  Students and employees who have accessed this facility in recent days are not being asked to take special...

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.