GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Mesa University is responding to the uptick in COVID- 19 cases in Mesa County. Mesa County Public Health reported 216 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday night, the highest single day case count since the pandemic began, bringing the total to 2,914 cases.
CMU’s reports as of Friday, Nov. 6 the school had 124 positive COVID-19 tests for just that week, the highest weekly case count among students and staff.
In response, CMU’s president sent an email to all students and staff, saying the university is implementing more on campus efforts to slow the spread, and moving to higher level of COVID-19 prevention measures.
All students are being asked to voluntarily quarantine other than to attend class, get food, and exercise.
CMU’s Head of Student Services says the school will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving, a plan that has been in place since the summer.
Efforts right now are to help slow the spread of the virus, and protect students’ families ahead of the holidays.
“If you map the county’s trajectory, what you’ll see is that CMU has been a tailing indicator,” said John Marshall, University Vice President and Head of Student Services. “We’ve really challenged our students to come up with a plan. It’s part of why we’ve expanded testing so they can get a negative test before they go home, in addition to making sure that they are choosing to quarantine and stay safe other than class, food, exercise and self care.”
More on CMU’s testing and COVID-19 response can be viewed here.