September 24, 2020
A note to our valued University of Colorado patients:
Because we appreciate you and our entire community, we are working hard to keep everyone safe during these challenging times.
In order to optimize the safety of our patients, staff, and community, it is essential that Boulder Medical Center minimizes potential exposure to asymptomatic individuals within high-risk groups. While Boulder County is overall a lower-risk area, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) has seen a marked increase in the number of Covid-19 cases associated with University of Colorado-Boulder students. As such, CU-Boulder has moved classes to online for at least the next two weeks starting September 23 and are promoting self-isolation. Students aged 18-22 are asked to quarantine.
Per county guidelines through BCPH order 2020-07, to reduce the risk of potential asymptomatic cases in clinics, beginning Friday, September 25 Boulder Medical Center is asking that CU students transition their visits to telemedicine until further notice.
A few guidelines:
- If a CU patient is ill, they may still make an in-person appointment with the the Respiratory Clinic (call your provider or our Urgent Care clinic;
- CU patients with a unique circumstance or diagnosis that requires an in-person visit may be seen in the office at their provider’s discretion. Not doing so will result in the patient being turned away by the screeners at the entry of BMC clinics;
- All appointments booked for CU students in the next 2 weeks will be via telemedicine unless an exception is granted by the provider, based on a specific need;
- We will be sending texts to CU-Boulder patients with existing appointments instructing them to call and reschedule for a telehealth appointment;
- Front door screeners will also have this population listed as high risk, not permitted to enter the building beginning September 25 until further notice;
- CU staff and older employees are not included in this temporary screening criteria since it is only students, ages 8-22, that are the designated as highest risk at this time;
- This guideline is consistent with those we have had since the onset of the pandemic to limit those in the highest risk categories from entering the building (such as travel to high-risk destinations).
Let’s work to control this pandemic by social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing good hand hygiene. Together, we can prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep our community safe and open.