Boulder County well being officers on Tuesday urged all native College of Colorado college students to self-quarantine for 2 weeks to comprise a surge in COVID-19 infections, a dramatic announcement that got here hours after state officers warned of a “very substantial enhance” in circumstances amongst college-aged individuals.
The manager director of Boulder County Public Well being, in a letter to the CU Boulder neighborhood, strongly really useful however didn’t order the quarantine measures.
College students in self-quarantine ought to stay at dwelling apart from to attend in-person instruction, labs, analysis actions and intercollegiate athletic coaching, Jeffrey J. Zayach wrote. College students may go away their houses to work, train by themselves, get meals by supply or curbside pickup, acquire drugs or different provides wanted to “maintain or shield life” that may’t be delivered.
If greater than 10 unrelated individuals reside collectively, Zayach mentioned they need to make each effort to separate from one another and put on a masks if they have to come into contact.
“Extra stringent and necessary restrictions will probably be imposed if college students don’t comply and break the transmission cycle,” Zayach wrote.
Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s state epidemiologist, mentioned throughout a information convention with Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday that there was a “very substantial enhance” in coronavirus infections amongst college-aged individuals — significantly amongst freshmen and sophomores.
Six outbreaks within the state have been linked to universities and that quantity may double when the brand new state outbreak checklist is launched Wednesday, Herlihy mentioned.
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Tuesday night time, CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano issued message to the CU neighborhood with what he declared an “pressing request.”
Of the 308 constructive new coronavirus circumstances confirmed by the college between Aug.24 and Sunday, 29% had been amongst college students residing on-campus and 71% amongst individuals residing off-campus. Since issuing that message, the college confirmed 77 extra circumstances on Monday — the second-highest single-day whole of constructive circumstances following Friday’s 89 circumstances.
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