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A Message from CCD President Dr. Everette Freeman about the Coronavirus

Dear CityHawks,

First, I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are the highest priority of the executive team and me. CCD is actively monitoring this situation and staff is proactively engaged in a campus-wide task force that has been meeting regularly to plan for, monitor and respond as needed to a variety of possible local impacts.

As of March 9th at 3 p.m. (MST), state health officials have announced 9 presumptive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado. There are still no known cases of COVID-19 on any of the Community College of Denver (CCD) campuses.

The College is taking extra precautions to keep our campus sanitized and is cleaning high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs and railings, and computer-lab surfaces with heightened frequency.

Based on what we know to date, CCD will continue to operate on a normal schedule, with classes and activities continuing as scheduled. Health officials report that the immediate health risk to the general public is still very low.

I encourage all our CityHawks to help us in those efforts by remaining calm, while also taking precautions to stay healthy. 

The Health Center at Auraria recently shared these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If tissues are unavailable, cough into your elbow or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • There is no need to wear a facemask unless you are experiencing signs and symptoms of being sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

CCD has created a website that provides information and resources for our campus community at CCD.edu/Coronavirus

Please stay tuned for updates as we continue to monitor the latest developments with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We appreciate your support in helping to keep our community healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Everette Freeman, EdD
President