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March 2, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

You have waited patiently as this pandemic has worn on, and today we are pleased to announce additional progress and milestones for our university. First, we have seen a downward trend in our overall campus COVID burden, with case counts and prevalence rates remaining low. This weekend, we dropped down to only a handful of isolation rooms in use, and starting today, students in the residence halls will, on a limited basis, be allowed once again to visit one another and access friends’ halls. Additionally, we have worked closely with Mesa County Public Health to develop revised guidelines, including expanded audience capacities, for campus events such as performing arts and athletics.

We continue to see the overall number of vaccinations administered in the community rise, and this week we expect that more Phase 1B-eligible members of the campus community (e.g., those with a risk factor such as health complications or age) will have access to a first dose. Governor Polis announced on Friday that frontline higher education personnel such as faculty and staff may have access to a vaccination as soon as the week of March 22 — just three weeks from now. Faculty and staff can expect to receive an email and/or text message inviting them to select a vaccine appointment when a slot becomes available. As we have said previously, we are committed to ensuring all members of the campus community who want a vaccine will have access to it as soon as possible.

In short, spring is warming up and brighter days are just around the corner for CMU. Please continue to play your part by washing your hands, wearing your mask, and continuing to abide by safety protocols as we work to overcome the pandemic. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions to safety@coloradomesa.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Amy Bronson
Vice President John Marshall