What is the University’s response as individuals associated with CSU are being tested for COVID-19?
CSU is in close communication with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. When an individual with a connection to a CSU campus through study or employment is tested, we are notified by the county when they become aware. The University’s response team is also made aware of tests administered through the CSU Health Network, which serves students. However, it is unlikely we would be aware of all members of our community who have been or are being tested. It is also possible that we would not be immediately aware of connections to CSU for individuals who test positive.

The Colorado Department of Public Health sets criteria for who is eligible for a test; not everyone is tested.

If there is reason to test a CSU community member, or we receive word that one may have been exposed through close contact with someone who has COVID-19, we immediately collaborate with Larimer County.

The health department or a public health official from CSU will begin tracing, through a methodical, thorough investigation, who the exposed or ill person has had contact with, potentially including colleagues and office mates, roommates, significant others, family members, social circles, etc. The risk to those individuals will be assessed based on details about their interactions with the exposed or sick person, and they may be directed to self-monitor, self-isolate or quarantine. (see COVID-19 terms)

 

What’s the cleaning process if a positive case associated with the CSU campus were identified?
If a CSU student who lives off campus or an employee who lives off campus tests positive, the university will perform a defined cleaning process within spaces that could be identified as those that individual had contact with, such as an office. This would include disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces including high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, keyboards in shared spaces such as laboratories, etc. – following cleaning guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

How will confidentiality be handled?
The University is always obligated to protect a community member’s rights to medical privacy as outlined through HIPAA. However, individuals who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive or exposed person may be notified of that person’s identity as part of the public health assessment process.