September 18, 2020 | COVID-19 Response Team

September 18, 2020
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September 18, 2020 | COVID-19 Response Team Update

Dear RVU Family,

The only thing that appears to be certain these days is uncertainty. Many of us have children who returned to school, only to have schools revert to an all on-line curriculum. Some had children going to all on-line or a hybrid schedule, only to be advised that schools will soon be returning to in person learning soon. The Douglas County School District (DCSD), which is the school district our Colorado campus is located in, announced this week that its elementary schools are tentatively scheduled to return to full-time, in-person learning with a targeted return date of October 19th. We never know the extent of what our teammates and classmates are dealing with in their personal life. Let’s continue to give each other grace and demonstrate the RVU Core Value of Compassion.

This week’s informational summary is as follows:

  • Reminder that we are in Phase Blue and the CRT is monitoring the data on new cases and the overall trend of COVID-19. Unfortunately, as predicted, case counts have been increasing due to the opening of schools around the country. We are continually evaluating when it will be safe for us to go to Phase Green.
  • Since the implementation of our contact tracing policy and procedure in August, a total of 24 students submitted the Contact Tracing Reporting Form for having known direct exposures or for being highly symptomatic. The number of actual confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the RVU community since the beginning of August is as follows:
    • Employees 0
    • Colorado students 4
    • Utah students 1

*Note: some tests are still pending

  • Please get your flu shot. Please keep our community protected and safe! For your convenience, on-campus flu shots are being offered:

Colorado Campus

When: Ongoing starting Monday, September 21

Where: Rocky Vista Health Center

Who and How: All are welcome to call to schedule your vaccine visit beginning today, Friday, September 18th. To schedule an appointment, please call 720-875-2880.

Southern Utah Campus

When: Tuesday, September 22nd from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: On Campus Grounds Outside the North Doors

Who: All RVU-SU Students, Employees, and their accompanying immediate families (children 4 years of age and older only)

Cost: *FREE for those covered under CIGNA or AETNA (Check with your insurance provider if covered under another plan, most plans have coverage for this) 


COVID-19 MYTH: We don’t need to wear masks in Phase Green and go back to normal life. 

FACT: RVU’s Phase Green still maintains safety restrictions and protocols with appropriate approvals required for in person gatherings. Face masks will still be expected for any type of gatherings at RVU during Phase Green. The state of Utah’s color-coded restriction Level Green still encourages face masks. Colorado does not use color coded levels.

  • Masks are effective and important off campus! All student RVU COVID-19 cases have been transmitted from activities off campus. Please remember to model professional (and safe) behavior by maintaining social distancing and wearing your mask on and off campus.  

We can’t say enough how much each and every one of you is appreciated. Thank you for all you continue to do to support each other and to keep us collectively RVU Strong!

Professionally yours,

COVID-19 Response Team



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