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COVID-19 Update: DU’s Daily Response Network

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear DU Community,

Last week I shared Creating a Community of Care: An Action Plan for DU’s Fall Return to Campus足球直播比分. Our plan outlines the policies and procedures we all must follow to ensure our community’s health and safety so we can enjoy living, working and learning on our beautiful campus—even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be successful, we must closely monitor any potential spread of the Coronavirus within our community, and decision-makers must communicate clearly, quickly and effectively. This will require a COVID-19 response network empowered to act quickly and decisively each day as new information or challenges related to the pandemic arise.

Today, I am announcing the University of Denver COVID-19 response network, which is comprised of four parts:

  • Two dedicated coordinators
  • Senior leadership team
  • University Response team
  • Health partner liaison team

This network is the natural evolution of the COVID-19 task forces, working groups, and emergency operations committee, whose members have been working tirelessly since the pandemic’s arrival this past spring to answer how the University would respond to the virus. Building on that work, this newly formed response network answers who足球直播比分 will carry out that response as we move into a safe and healthy return to campus for the fall.

Over the weekend, we will be consulting with National Jewish Health (NJH) as well as campus leaders to finalize our quarantine and return to campus protocols. I will send an announcement detailing those protocols on Monday.

COORDINATORS
足球直播比分 We have created two new and essential positions. The first is the COVID response coordinator, held by Sarah Watamura, a DU psychology professor. Sarah has been instrumental in helping us build our action plan. The second, a deputy COVID response coordinator, held by Bobbie Kite, healthcare leadership academic director at University College. Bobbie’s research and expertise in health care issues will be profoundly helpful as we move forward in further developing our COVID response. Together, Sarah and Bobbie will be fully dedicated to DU’s response to COVID-19. As coordinator, Sarah will chair the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) and, as deputy coordinator, Bobbie will chair our liaison team with NJH. Both the coordinator and deputy coordinator will elevate information to and advise senior leadership on decision-making.

LEADERSHIP TEAM
足球直播比分 The COVID-19 Senior Leadership team—comprised of myself, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Clark, Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs Leslie Brunelli, and Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Nancy Nicely—will meet daily with both COVID response coordinators. We will review the latest information and recommendations from the rest of the response network and will be responsible for communications with the campus community.

COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM (CRT)
足球直播比分 Guided by the policies and procedures established by our COVID-19 task forces and working groups, the response team is charged with quickly reacting to reported positive cases of COVID-19 at DU.

足球直播比分The CRT will coordinate our response to positive tests or outbreaks and quickly make recommendations to leadership based on the most current science and information. They will implement current policies and procedures as well as create new processes when gaps are identified. They will manage our most powerful mitigation tactics, including contact tracing and symptom monitoring, and they will report findings as required to the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. If a DU community member is deemed at a higher-than-minimal risk of exposure, a member of the CRT will notify them. If a building needs disinfection or closure, that recommendation will be routed to leadership through the CRT. Notably, this group will prioritize privacy, making sure all personal information about DU community members remains highly confidential.

Chair

COVID Response Coordinator | Sarah Watamura, professor, psychology
足球直播比分 Chairs the CRT and take its recommendations to the COVID Response Leadership Team.

Team Members

Deputy COVID Response Coordinator | Bobbie Kite, healthcare leadership academic director, University College
Chairs the DU-NJH Liaison Team and takes its recommendations to the COVID Response Leadership Team

State Deputized Reporter | Christopher Short, director, environmental health & safety
足球直播比分 Leads DU’s contact tracing and regulatory response

Medical expert | Michael LaFarr, executive director, Health and Counseling Center
Consults with individuals in the community when they may have an increased risk of exposure

Facilities expert | James Rosner, associate vice chancellor, facilities planning & management
Leads building disinfection, closure and modifications

Student affairs representative | Niki Latino, interim vice chancellor, student affairs
Leads student quarantine and isolation

Human resources representative | Jerron Lowe, interim vice chancellor, human resources
足球直播比分 Leads employee accommodation and interaction

DU-NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH LIAISON TEAM

足球直播比分As I shared in  on July 15, DU has selected NJH—the number one-ranked respiratory hospital in the U.S.—as our strategic health partner. NJH will provide information and guidance on our strategy and execution in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic specifically related to testing, contact tracing and the development of quarantine protocols.

To fully leverage this partnership, we have established a liaison team chaired by our deputy COVID coordinator, Bobbie Kite. Bobbie and several key faculty and staff will facilitate the sharing of information between DU and NJH. They will work with NJH to prioritize steps and decisions so we can meet the community’s most urgent needs. And they will communicate NJH’s guidance to our full COVID-19 response network and bring forward recommendations to leadership.

Chair

Bobbie Kitehealthcare leadership academic director, University College

Team members

Eric Chess, director, financial security & cognitive decline initiative, Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging
Andrei Kutateladzedean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Gregg Kvistadprovost emeritus
Michael LaFarrexecutive director, Health and Counseling Center
David Odellmedical director, Health and Counseling Center
Karen Rileydean, Morgridge College of Education
Chris Shortdirector, environmental health & safety
Sarah WatamuraCOVID-19 response coordinator and professor, psychology

Mitigation of the virus’s spread will require dedication and vigilance. Through the creation of our Covid-19 response network, we are formalizing roles and responsibilities, and making our processes as efficient and effective as possible. I am grateful to those who have chosen to serve in these roles in addition to their normal responsibilities.

足球直播比分Thank you all.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Haefner
Chancellor