COVID-19 Exposure Health Tips

If You Test Positive for COVID-19, Actions to Take

If you are informed by the Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDPHE) or a medical provider that you have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), please take the following steps.

  • Let your supervisor know immediately (or your professor, if you’re a student).
  • Follow the recommendations of the public health agency.
  • Submit a case report.
  • Inform Steve Monaco, director of the Health Center at Auraria, at 303-884-3200 or All personal information will be kept private, but this information will allow the Health Center at Auraria to understand what buildings or spaces on campus, if any, have been affected and who you may have interacted with.

These last two steps are especially important as we monitor the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the campus community and beyond. Gathering pertinent health information is essential to the well-being of the campus community.

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If You Are Exposed to COVID-19 or Are Experiencing Symptoms, Actions to Take

If you believe you have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms including a fever, a cough or are having shortness of breath or difficulty breathing: 

  • Do not come to campus. 
  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or ER. You may call the Health Center at Auraria at 303-615-9999. Ask for a return phone call from the medical director regarding Coronavirus. Someone will call you and, based on your input, determine the best medical care option for you. There is no charge for this service.
  • Avoid contact with others.  
  • Follow the recommendations of a medical professional while continuing to communicate with your supervisor or faculty members via email.
  • Follow these steps from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
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Symptoms and prevention

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Steps to protect yourself (and those considered at higher risk) from COVID-19 include: 

The CDC continues to encourage everyone to take some simple steps to protect themselves, and that includes “social distancing.” This means doing your best to stay out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to practice prevention strategies described above and avoid being exposed.

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Mental Health Assistance

The rapidly evolving situation, including pressures due to working and studying remotely, may cause stress and anxiety.

  • The CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center is providing remote, online counseling services. Mental health services will be available via telehealth/online video calls from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 303-315-7270 for additional information. 

  • You can also talk to a medical professional or counselor at the Health Center at Auraria, Call 303-615-9999 and indicate that you would like to schedule a “Coronavirus Consultation.” There will be no charge.

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