What are COVID-19 symptoms?
COVID-19 symtoms may include but are not limited to:
- Fever over 100.4
- New loss of taste or smell
- Unexplained Chills
- Unexplained Cough
- Unexplained Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Unexplained Muscle or body aches
- Unexplained Headache
- Unexplained Sore throat
- Unexplained Congestion or runny nose
- Unexplained Nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained Diarrhea
Are masked required outside?
Masks are required in indoor public spaces. Masks are not required outdoors, however anyone can choose to wear a mask outdoors for their own comfort.
Should visitors wear a mask?
We ask that all visitors wear a mask in indoor public spaces. This includes indoor sporting events.
Are masks required in residence halls?
Residence halls are considered family living units. Therefore, masks are not required.
Do I have to wear a mask at Mad Jack’s or other dining situations?
If you are actively eating or drinking, you do not need to wear a mask. Please wear a mask if you are not eating or drinking.
Are faculty required to wear masks in the classroom?
Faculty may remove their masks to lecture as long as they maintain more than six feet of distance from students.
Why is Western requiring masks when state and local health officials do not?
Our goal is to maintain in-person learning for the social-emotional health of our campus, and quality of instruction for our students. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
Other health protocols
Do I need to socially distance?
Social distancing of six feet is not currently required. Please continue to wash or sanitize hands.
Where can I track COVID-19 cases?
Gunnison County keeps track of cases and divides them into age groups. It has been determined that during the school year, 90% of cases in the 18-25 age group are Western students.
Do I have to screen and report my health status?
You should monitor your health and if you don’t feel well, please stay home. If you think you may have COVID-19, get a test. Please continue to wash or sanitize your hands.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact the Western COVID hotline at 970.975.0739.
If I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, do I have to isolate?
If you are vaccinated and do not have symptoms, no. Please monitor your health. If you become symptomatic, please isolate and test. If you are not vaccinated, please isolate for 10 days and monitor your health.
Must I be vaccinated?
Western requires students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated; however, exemption requests can be submitted. Please submit your vaccination documentation or exemption request through StarRez. All faculty, staff and students who are eligible must receive a COVID-19 booster shot by Jan. 31, 2022.
Who can ask me about my vaccination status?
Faculty, staff and students should not ask others about their vaccine status. It is private medical information.
Where is quarantine and how long does it take?
If there is space on campus, quarantine will take place in Moffat Hall. Off-campus quarantine may occur at two different lodging properties.
The duration of quarantine is case specific, typically ten days and will be determined with the guidance of health professionals. The determination of duration is based on numerous factors such as time since symptoms were present, date of test and date of infection.