COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 FAQs

OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pm
AFTER-HOURS CRISIS SUPPORT & VICTIM ASSISTANCE: 303-615-9911

COVID-19 FAQ’s

  • If you used your school email address to register for your test at a Covid Check Colorado site or at the Health Center at Auraria, your positive result will automatically be reported to the Health Center. When in doubt, or if you used another testing facility, please report a positive test to the Healthcenter1.com/COVID-19.
  • Health Center providers will collect information from you and assess your symptoms, testing and likely exposures.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should isolate at home for at least five days, beginning from the start of those symptoms or, if you’re not experiencing symptoms, from the date of the positive test result.
  • If you did not experience symptoms, you may leave isolation on Day 6.
  • You’ll likely need to isolate for a longer period of time if your symptoms persist, are severe or are taking longer to resolve. You must be free from fever for 24 hours before leaving isolation AND your symptoms should be mostly improved or absent. Health Center doctors recommend that you should be at least 80% back to normal before leaving isolation. Otherwise, you’re likely still contagious and should continue to isolate until symptoms have improved for 24 hours.
  • After leaving isolation, remain vigilant in wearing a mask when around others and maintain distance from others as much as possible.

When is it safe to return to class or work?

  • Following the minimum five-day isolation, Health Center staff will discuss your work and classroom environments with you to determine when it’s safe to return. Generally, if you can work independently while fully masked and maintain distance from others, you can return.
  • If you work or learn in a health care or early-childhood care/K-12 education setting, you may have a different timeline for returning: 10 days after the start of symptoms or positive test result, as long as you are asymptomatic or have much-improved symptoms.

What about people whom I may have exposed to the virus – will they be notified?

  • Health Center professionals will conduct a contact-tracing interview with you to assess the risk of exposure to others, including those in your household, work colleagues and classmates. The interview generally takes 10-20 minutes and should provide important information to students and staff members about next steps and will help answer your questions and concerns.
  • Household exposures are considered highest risk, since you likely would have been unmasked around others for extended periods while sharing common spaces. For household and specific workplace exposures, those notifications are left up to the positive-individual to notify.
  • To determine the risk of workplace exposures, the Health Center will assess whether you and your co-workers were masked, the distance you maintained from others and the time spent interacting with co-workers. Health Center staff will let your supervisor know about risks to others in your office. A general notification is given to the supervisor for workplace exposures, but does not single out those who may have had more contact (such as meetings or lunches, etc).  You should notify anyone considered a higher-risk exposure (less than 6 feet apart for longer than 15 minutes, especially if unmasked).
  • For classroom exposures, the Health Center will notify instructors of the date that an infected student attended class while contagious and provide guidelines that professors can pass along to other students in the class. Generally, classroom exposures are lower-risk because students are fully masked and distanced as much as possible.
  • The Health Center will notify faculty members of isolation periods and student absences that result from COVID-19 infections, so students can be excused for those days and provided ample opportunity to make up work in a timely manner. We recommend that students reach out to their faculty member as well to discuss making up any missed work.

 

 

For background information and data on vaccine safety, please see the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.

All of the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible.  Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufactures and findings from large clinical trials.  Watch a video describing the emergency use authorization. Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.

Additional FAQs about the vaccine can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

You can get your vaccine now. The State of Colorado has moved to open access scheduling for all Coloradans 16 years of age or older. The State’s distribution plan can be found at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by scrolling to “Covid-19 vaccine distribution table.” 

At this time, only Auraria campus constituents are permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Auraria distribution site, with one exception. Due to the Auraria partnership with COVID Check Colorado (CCC), CCC may announce in the future that community members in State specified categories (i.e., pre K-12 teachers) can access vaccine at the Auraria site. In this case, if a family member of an Auraria constituent is included in the specified category, they would be permitted to receive vaccine at the Auraria location.

You are eligible immediately. Qualifying conditions are outlined in the “COVID-19 vaccine distribution table” on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

Effective July 1, 2021 COVID-19 operations will move from the 5th Street Garage location to the Plaza Building, Room 111 (955 Lawrence Way, 80204)

We expect to have access to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found nearly 95% effective in preventing serious COVID-19 disease in adults. We may receive other federally authorized vaccines in the future.

All current students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and Auraria Higher Education Center are eligible to receive a vaccine at the Auraria location, in whatever phase they qualify.  In addition, community members are welcome.

There is no cost for the vaccination. Those with insurance will be required to provide their insurance information upon scheduling their vaccine appointment. However, those without insurance can also receive the vaccine free of charge.

 The state of Colorado has moved to open scheduling.  Though scheduled appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome.  Currently availability: Monday-Thursday, 9a-5p and Friday 9a-3p.

When individuals schedule their first shot, they will be required to also schedule their second shot (Moderna- 28 days and Pfizer- 21 days). 

MSU Denver and CU Denver have mandatory vaccine requirements.  However, exemptions can be granted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends that all citizens who do not have medical contraindications (a symptom or condition that makes a treatment risky) should consider receiving the vaccine. It is essential that the vast majority of citizens get vaccinated to end the pandemic.

Please refer to your institution-specific protocols.
CCD- COVID-19 Updates
MSU Denver- Safe Return to Campus
CU Denver- Coronavirus update

No. An individual can be vaccinated anywhere the vaccine is available to them. A vaccination card will be provided at each distribution site. Individuals should use the same distribution site for both the first and second shot.

In most instances, there will not be a choice.

Each distribution site is required to upload all vaccine information to the State’s immunization database. In addition, vaccine cards will be given to anyone receiving the vaccine.

The Health Center at Auraria has partnered with Primary Health in an effort to ensure there is adequate logistical resources to meet the demand for vaccine. As part of this collaboration, Auraria constituents will be given priority scheduling at each phase of distribution. In addition, community members will also have access to the Auraria POD, according to State defined guidelines.

Schedule an appointment

Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment in advance.
Please note there is a failed appointment fee of up to $50.00 for missed appointments or short notice cancellations (less than 24 hours).