Published: Jan. 5, 2021

CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano is in isolation at home after testing positive today for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. His daughter also tested positive today for the virus.

The chancellor is experiencing mild symptoms and will continue to isolate at home. The chancellor will reduce his work schedule during this time to focus on his health.

“I went with my family to participate in the campus monitoring program and am grateful we did,” DiStefano said. “Without it, we may not have known we needed to complete diagnostic testing. We are participating in contact tracing, and I encourage our campus community to use the campus monitoring program. Faculty, staff and students with a Buff OneCard can continue to bring their immediate family and household members to participate.”

The university offers saliva-based monitoring tests to students, faculty and staff and their immediate family or household members. The availability of monitoring tests for family and household members will continue as long as testing capacity permits.

“Like many others, I have been following public health advice and have taken this pandemic very seriously,” said DiStefano. “Our family’s situation is a reminder of how important it is to continue to follow public health guidance and to get tested.”

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano speaks at a 2019 event.

(2019 file photo) Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano speaks at Macky Auditorium in 2019 as part of the Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series. (Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)