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December 1, 2021

Mavericks,

The broader community of Mesa County continues to see a high number of new cases of COVID-19. In addition, local hospitals are diverting incoming patients and have activated surge plans as a result of the high number of total patients hospitalized with COVID-19. We ask that you stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and utilize principles of infection prevention as we work together to stay on campus for the last three weeks of the semester.

We are encouraging all campus community members to consider Mesa County Public Health recommendations for safer fall and winter activities. Those 18 and over interested in receiving a booster shot can schedule an appointment with the county.

On Nov. 26, the Word Health Organization (WHO) designated the Omicron (B.1.1.529) a variant of concern. They based their decision on evidence that the Omicron variant has several mutations that may impact how it behaves. Researchers are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and much of the current evidence is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible, causes more severe disease or impacts existing counter measures (prior infection, vaccines and current treatments). We are continuing to work closely with our Medical and Health Advisory Committee to understand the emerging science and any differences in transmission or disease characteristics that necessitate a change or impact our current response plan. We will provide our campus community with more information as it emerges in the coming days and weeks.

We invite you to join CMU Live on Facebook with President Marshall and Dr. Bronson on Thursday, December 2 at 2pm. They will be joined by Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr to discuss the COVID-19 climate in the broader community. Later, the duo will sit down with CMU senior Sydnee Flotron who is two weeks from graduating. She'll share her excitement and describe the safety precautions her family is taking in order to attend the in-person commencement ceremony. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the live Q&A.

Thank you,

The Safety Team