More than 150 students at Colorado College under quarantine after new student tests positive for COVID-19

155 Colorado College Students in Quarantine
Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 2:14 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - More than 150 students in a Colorado College dorm are under quarantine for the next two weeks after an incoming freshman tested positive for COVID-19.

The college says the student arrived on campus Aug. 14. As part of the school’s virus mitigation procedure, all students are tested upon arrival and are then told to stay away from others while waiting for results.

“Unfortunately, when one does not, then we have a situation where we have to quarantine a number of students for a while,” said Brian Young, vice president of technology for Colorado College.

According to Young, this was the situation with the freshman who tested positive.

“We got a notification from the individual that they tested positive, moved them into isolation, started to do the protocols -- which is our contact tracing and working with county and health officials. ... Realizing that the individual had numerous contacts in the residence hall, that this [quarantining the dorm] was a course of action.”

The affected dorm is Loomis Hall. One hundred and fifty-five students housed there are now largely restricted to their dorm rooms.

“Every student is being delivered meals and packages and academic materials, trying to bring as much normality as possible,” Young said. “... We’re working with small cohorts, small pods from the students that are in quarantine so they can get outside, have some fresh air, have some sunshine.”

The college says no one else is showing symptoms as of Monday.

Young said the incident shows how quickly the campus COVID plan works.

“Not only can we catch it fast because we are testing upon arrival, but then each week we are randomly sampling our entire student population that’s on campus.”

The college begins its academic year next week. Officials say they were already planning to use some remote learning, so they do not think classes will be impacted too much for those in quarantine.

Below is the initial announcement posted to Colorado College’s website Aug. 15. Click here for all campus COVID-19 announcements and resources.

“A new student who arrived on campus on Aug. 14, 2020, has tested positive for COVID-19. They are now isolated and receiving appropriate care and support. Our thoughts are with this student. The college is conducting testing of all students on campus, and ongoing random testing as well, to quickly identify and respond to cases such as this, in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Students MUST continue to follow enhanced social distancing protocols as they await test results. Students who at any point are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (such as fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), should contact the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, for a consultation on the need for testing or treatment, and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu. For students living on campus, this notification will initiate the process of meal delivery and daily check-ins from the contact tracing team. Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and also report to msantos@coloradocollege.edu.At CC we are committed to providing transparent and timely communication regarding numbers of COVID-19 cases and exposure, and we will continue to provide information to students, faculty, and staff throughout this challenging time. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at msantos@coloradocollege.edu. "

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