Coronavirus Response Updates

Coronavirus Response Updates

Denver Seminary’s COVID-19 FAQs  

April 14, 2021

Denver Seminary will continue with all mask and social distancing protocols through the end of the semester, including during commencement. 

Please contact  with any COVID-related questions, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you have been exposed to COVID, or you are presumptive positive (exposure to a known case of COVID and exhibiting symptoms). Exposure is defined as having been within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, for a total of at least 15 minutes in a day. That includes multiple, but brief, encounters, one or two minutes at a time.

Contacting CovidResponse@denverseminary. edu helps us facilitate contact tracing and provide proper guidance as necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, please email 
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Spring 2021 Covid Accommodations for In-Person Classes

See the FAQs below for building hours.

We monitor the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and the Tri-County Health Department for updated information.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: coughing, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do NOT attend classes or come to campus.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

What should I do if I experience symptoms of COVID-19 or if I have been exposed?

Do not come to campus if you have been exposed to COVID-19 (in close contact with someone who is COVID-positive), even if you do not exhibit symptoms. 

The CDC recommends that if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should be tested, even if you do not have symptoms. While you are waiting for your COVID-19 test result, self-quarantine and monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19.
Locations for testing in the Tri-County area.

If your test is positive, you should continue to stay home and self-isolate away from others and monitor your health. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and they worsen or become severe, seek emergency medical care.

If your test is negative and you don’t have symptoms, you should continue to stay home and self-quarantine away from others for 10 days after your last exposure to COVID-19 and follow all recommendations from the health department. This is important because symptoms can appear up to 14 days after you have been exposed and are infected. A negative result before the end of your quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. 

If your test is negative and you have symptoms, you should continue to self-quarantine away from others for 10 days after your last exposure to COVID-19 and follow all recommendations from the health department. 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.

What are Denver Seminary’s vaccine protocols?

Denver Seminary encourages all eligible employees to receive their vaccinations as soon as you are able; however, this will not be mandatedEach employee is encouraged to make the most responsible decision in light of their own personal circumstances. 

 

All people on our campus will continue to be required to wear masks in buildings and continue with social distancing protocols until further notice. Denver Seminary complies with the Public Health Order 20-36 which states that non-medical grade facial coverings are required in all public indoor space. There is no release of wearing a facial covering if you have had the vaccine or have had the virus. We will continue to monitor guidelines provided by the CDC and the State of Colorado. 

 

If you are a Kaiser Permanente member, please go to KP.org for more information about registering for the vaccine, if you have not done so already. They are in the process of updating their website to include our group of 1B.4. More details will follow if we need to adjust any instructions. If you are not a Kaiser member check with your healthcare or insurance provider.  

 

The Tri-County Health Department also provides vaccine information on their website 

 

What are students, faculty, staff, and visitors expected to do while on the campus to protect the community?

Do not come to campus if you have tested positive, have been exposed to COVID-19 (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of at least 15 minutes in a day; this includes multiple, but brief, encounters, one or two minutes at a time), or you have symptoms or feel ill. If you are on campus and you start to feel ill or exhibit symptoms of COVID, please leave campus immediately.

We ask anyone who comes on campus to commit to the following practices that promote a safe environment.

Personal Protective Measures
-Wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth when in public campus spaces, including in classrooms.
-Make every effort to remain at least 6 feet away from others and work to keep space when in hallways.   
-Wear masks outside when meeting with others if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. 
-Wash hands often and use hand sanitizer on a regular basis while on campus.  
-Be mindful and observant of any instructional signs, classroom spacing, or posted guidelines. 
-Find creative, non-touch ways to acknowledge and greet others on campus.  

Health Status 
-Bear the responsibility for not coming to campus when feeling ill or when advised by a medical professional. Students, please be in touch with your faculty directly to arrange class participation via Zoom until you are able to return.
-Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and ensure temperature is normal before coming on campus.  
-Contact with any COVID related questions or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumptive positive (exposure to a known case of COVID and exhibiting symptoms) to facilitate contract tracing and receive advising about campus return.

Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Denver Seminary community?

As of April 14, 2021 there have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Denver Seminary community:

March 2021: 0 active, 3 cleared
February 2021: 0 active, 3 cleared
January 2021: 0 active, 1 cleared
December 2020: 0 active, 5 cleared
November 2020: 0 active; 4 cleared
October 2020: 2 cleared
July 2020: 1 cleared
March 2020: 2, cleared
We currently have 2 active cases. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please reach out to

Will classes or events be canceled at Denver Seminary?

Denver Seminary is not hosting events on campus, unless they are deemed essential. All in-person events must be approved by Leadership. Virtual events are encouraged. 

What are the hours for campus buildings?

Denver Seminary will continue normal operations with the necessary adaptations in place. Buildings are open during the following days and times, and there a limited number of people is allowed in any building. Online/Zoom appointments are preferred, during standard business hours.

Building Hours 

Administration Building: Monday-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drop ins and appointments. Zoom and phone appointments are available and encouraged. 

Library: 
Monday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday: Noon. - 9 p.m. 
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Thursday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday: Closed
Masks must be worn at all time, whether you are browsing the stacks or studying. 

Student Center: The Student Center will be open with seating arranged for social distancing. Please do not move or rearrange the furniture. Masks must be worn unless you are eating or drinking. 
Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wild Goose Coffee Shop
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

What if someone in my household contracts COVID-19. How do I protect myself and others from getting it?

The CDC provides recommendations for taking care of your home, your family members or housemates, and yourself if someone becomes infected. Read more here. If you live in Campus Housing and you or your housemate becomes infected, please contact . If you are caring for someone who has presented COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you not come to campus. 

Are there any travel restrictions? 

There are currently no travel restrictions from the CDC. 

Is the library open?

The library is open during these times:
Monday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Tuesday, Noon. - 9 p.m. 
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Thursday, Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday, Closed
Patrons will be limited up to 75% occupancy. A time limit may be imposed to be in the library if there is a queue for entry. Masks must be worn at all time, whether you are browsing the stacks or studying. 
All campus COVID protocols are in effect in the library. We encourage working offsite using digital materials when possible. For help with electronic resources, please contact Charlotte Nutter.

Is Campus Housing open?

Student Housing is open to residents. If you live in Campus Housing and you or your housemates becomes infected, please contact . 

If you have a maintenance request, you will receive a phone call prior to a staff member coming to your apartment. You must take this call and participate in a health screening before staff will be able to provide service to your apartment. Please do not let anyone who does not live in your home enter if you are showing any symptoms of any illness, COVID-19 related or not.

Please follow social distancing guidelines; remain a minimum of 6-feet apart and avoid gatherings, whether you are inside your home or outside.

Laundry rooms are being disinfected daily. However, please practice guidelines for sanitation and wipe down all washing machine and dryer faces and door handles whenever you use the appliances. 

What do I need to know about the coronavirus/COVID-19?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available. The CDC notes that the risk is higher for older populations as well as those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease. 

The virus is thought to spread:
-From person-to-person with the first symptoms appearing within 2-14 days after exposure.
-Between people who are in close contact with one another.
-Through respiratory droplets and aerosols produced by an infected person.
-Via pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people who have the virus and do not know it. 

According to the CDC, wearing a mask can help you prevent the spread of the virus and contract the virus; wearing masks is mandatory in all campus buildings.  

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.

The virus can spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds is recommended. 

Please note the following recommendations from the CDC and Denver Seminary:


-Face coverings are mandatory on campus.
-Practice social distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance between yourself and others, and do not spend time in groups of people.
-Avoid contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Do not sneeze or cough on your hands.
-Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

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