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COVID Watch

The ACC Dean of Students Office or Human Resources Office will issue a COVID Watch when we receive a notification of a possible exposure to COVID-19 or a symptomatic individual on campus. The individual will be asked to self-quarantine, and the Dean of Students Office and/or HR will inform anyone having close contact to the potentially infected person that they may have been exposed. While ACC may not close classes or office areas based on a COVID Watch, ACC will initiate additional deep cleaning in the potentially affected areas by our Facilities/Custodial Team. COVID Watch reports will typically go only to those people who may have been exposed.

COVID Warning

ACC will issue a COVID Warning when we have a verbally reported positive or documented positive case. The COVID Warning will typically go to those who may have been exposed to the person testing positive. A COVID Warning may trigger in-person classes to shift to remote-only instruction; it also may shift employees to work remotely from home. COVID Warnings will also be posted weekly, including actions taken, on the ACC COVID-19 webpage with any identifying details removed. Tri-County Health Department will be consulted for any further college instructions.

COVID Outbreak

ACC will issue a COVID Outbreak notice if there are multiple positive cases that are determined to be connected by Tri-County Health Department (TCHD). A COVID Outbreak may trigger campus-wide notifications and changed in instruction and/or office working plans based on consultation with TCHD. ACC will follow TCHD guidelines and requirements.

COVID-19 Action Checklist for Positive COVID-19 Student Cases

  • Determine infectious period and possible exposures by contacting the COVID-19 positive student and following contact tracing protocols. Determine a minimum self-isolation timeline and determine a follow-up date to reassess when the student can return to campus.
    Primary: Dean of Students Office
  • Send COVID-19 positive student follow up written notification or recap of initial conversation including dates.
    Primary: Dean of Students Office
  • Notify all relevant parties including President, VPs, Deans, and Department Chairs and Facilities so they can begin taking necessary steps.
    Primary: Dean of Students Office or Faculty/Department Chairs
  • The President will report positive cases to CCCS (Dean of Students Office will update CCCS tracking sheet and send to President’s Office as needed) and Tri-County Health. 
    Primary: President’s Office
  • The Vice President of Fiscal and Administrative Affairs will determine cleaning timeline and deploy cleaning teams before “exposed areas” can become active and available for use. 
    Primary: VPFAAA & Facilities Department
  • The Office of Human Resource will notify employees of possible exposure and ask them to abide by a 14-day self-quarantine timeline (Send written follow up after phone call).
    Primary: Office of Human Resources
  • The Dean of Student Office will notify students of possible exposure and ask them to abide by a 14-day self-quarantine timeline (Send written follow up after phone call).
    Primary: Dean of Students Office
  • The Instructional Dean will collaborate with Program Directors and Department Chairs to determine adequate ways students can complete courses, rescheduling class sessions, moving to remote instructional methods, and other actions to create avenues of student success.
    Primary: Instructional Deans
  • Send COVID-19 positive student written permission to return to campus or written notification of new terms after reassessment follow up discussion.
    Primary: Dean of Students Office
  • Share reported positive cases with Police Chief Joe Morris for Cleary reporting requirements.
    Primary: Dean of Students Office

Relevant Colorado COVID-19 FAQ

Do I need a doctor’s note or negative test clearing me to return to work after I was sick?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not have, and cannot provide, you with a letter clearing you to go back to work. If you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself for 10 days after symptoms started, and continue isolating yourself until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 3 days. Public health is not requiring people to have a negative test to return to work. If your employer is requiring this, you may want to contact your doctor, or another health care provider, or direct your employer to this Q and A.

I have been diagnosed with or am showing symptoms of COVID-19—what should I do?

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, stay away from others and follow the instructions on how to isolate. 
  • If you have a positive test result for COVID-19, public health may contact you to collect information about your exposures and give you more information about preventing transmission to others.
    • If you develop symptoms, contact your health care provider or take advantage of other testing sites to get tested. Follow the instructions on how to isolate.
  • Coloradans who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their health care provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.
  • If you need medical advice, call a health care provider or nurse line. It is important to CALL ahead BEFORE going to see a health care provider, urgent care, or emergency room in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Tell them your symptoms and where or how you might have been exposed.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, but I am not showing symptoms—what should I do?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, but you don’t have symptoms, follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure. You may also want to get tested, but wait at least seven days after the date you think you were exposed to get tested using a PCR test.

  • If you get tested too early, there may not be enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • While it’s a good idea to wait about seven days to be tested after the date of exposure if you don’t have symptoms, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should minimize their contact with others for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.