Student, Faculty, Staff Resources

CU Boulder Research & Innovation Office COVID-19 Resources

Information regarding the CU Boulder case from Boulder County Public Health

COVID-19 Resources

Specific Information from Boulder County Public Health

Personal Preparation

BioFrontiers Core Facilities updates

 

Student, Faculty, Staff Resources

We want to foster a positive and productive working environment for the faculty, staff, postdocs, and students in our BioFrontiers community. We understand that challenging circumstances and situations may arise during your time in our community, and we want you to be aware of the variety of CU Boulder resources that are available to you. Below you will find a table of resources with brief descriptions of services, website links, phone numbers, and the different communities that a particular resource serves. 

https://www.colorado.edu/biofrontiers/cu-boulder-resources

 

CU Boulder Research & Innovation Office COVID-19 Resources

https://www.colorado.edu/researchinnovation/research-innovation-office-covid-19-resources

 

Information regarding the CU Boulder case from Boulder County Public Health

 

COVID-19 Resources

CU Boulder - https://www.colorado.edu/coronavirus

Boulder County Public Health - https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (risk assessment) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

 

Specific Information from Boulder County Public Health:

Guidance for People with Symptoms

Anyone with symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. They should NOT go to the emergency room in order to ensure the hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.

Residents can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org to get more information and ask questions about COVID-19. Information is available in English and Spanish.

 

Testing Criteria

Specimens for COVID-19 will only be tested if they meet one of the criteria in the table below.



Signs or Symptoms

 

Risk Factors

Any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)

Any person with a history of travel to areas with ongoing community transmission within 14 days of symptom onset

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)

Any person who is hospitalized

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)

Any person who lives in a residential facility such as a nursing home

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)

Any healthcare worker, clinical laboratory worker, or first responder who has new onset of symptoms within 14 days of having direct contact with patients with signs/symptoms of respiratory illness or their clinical specimens

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)

Any person who is at risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 including older adults (age ≥ 65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease)

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)

Outbreaks or clusters of respiratory illness - any person who is a member of a group with multiple symptomatic individuals that is being investigated by public health officials

AND

Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)

* Please note this guidance varies slightly from CDC. As we have capacity, Colorado will continue to consider testing for individuals who are not hospitalized in order to identify patients who have traveled to affected areas who have less severe disease. Fever can be subjective or confirmed.

 

Personal Preparation

We as individuals and families can prepare and practice now. Getting ready for widespread disease is largely about preparing for possible shortages. Here are some things you can do:

Continue to Take Everyday Wellness Actions

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.

Gather a Few Extra Supplies

  • Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.

  • Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.

Plan for Closures & Changes

  • Think about how you will continue to work if your child’s school is closed.

  • Understand that your plans to participate in large gatherings may be cancelled.

  • Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected.

  • Make plans for childcare if you become sick, or when your child is sick.

  • Talk to your children about what they might expect.

  • Cross-train key staff at work so one person’s absence won’t derail your organization’s ability to function.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Start practicing not touching your face now. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)

  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.

  • Start building healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.

  • Avoid sharing e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.

  • Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)

  • Use a cleaning product effective for COVID-19

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

The outbreak of COVID-19 can be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety can be powerful emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover.

 

BioFrontiers Core Facilities updates

Advanced Light Microscopy Core
Operational Protocol Starting March 16, 2020

If CU Boulder is open: The facility will remain fully accessible using the standard prox card access. The facility will be staffed from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Joe has remote desktop control on the computers and can provide operational support from a distance. Joe will arrange to be present for all pre-arranged trainings and assisted sessions. This may lead to some delays but the impact on you will be negligible. Our Image Analysis Specialist, Dr. Jian Tay, will also be providing microscopy support on an as-needed basis.

If we cannot be found, please follow the steps listed below:
1. Call/text Joe: 720-934-2933
2. If Joe cannot be found, call Jian: 303-735-7526
3. Send Joe an email: joseph.dragavon@colorado.edu

If CU Boulder is closed: The imaging facility will follow CU Boulder’s closure protocol.

Advanced Light Microscopy Core
Contact Info: Reach out to Joe if you have any questions.
joseph.dragavon@colorado.edu
720.934.2933

Please Note: Our health and safety is paramount. Please do not use the facility if you feel sick in any way.