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Colorado University Presidents Wary Of Potential COVID-19 Case Spike Ahead Of Labor Day

CU System President Mark Kennedy
Office of Gov. Jared Polis
University of Colorado System President Mark Kennedy shares updates about campus response to COVID-19 along at a press conference.

Two university presidents are calling on their students to avoid parties over the Labor Day weekend and prevent a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

University of Northern Colorado president Andy Feinstein shared a video emphasizing the importance of masks and social distancing requirements both on and off campus.

University of Colorado system president Mark Kennedy spoke in a conference with Gov. Jared Polis Thursday. He reminded the public that testing is key and they're closely monitoring university cases to make data widely available.

"There are dashboards in each of our campuses," Kennedy said. "We make available exactly what’s going on, and we’re working in close contact with public authorities, and the health professionals. There’s a myriad of issues that you would need to consider in terms of moving from one level of engagement with students to the next.”

That dashboard listed 21 positive cases at the Boulder campus on Sept. 2 and 17 more on Sept. 3 — the highest number of single day cases since students returned for the fall semester.

During the press conference Thursday, Kennedy would not comment on how many cases would lead to a university closure.

This week CU officials also revealed that wastewater testing uncovered possible COVID-19 presence in four residence halls. State officials began wastewater testing in late July to detect early traces of the coronavirus in stool samples before individuals showed symptoms.

The university dashboards will not be updated until Tuesday after Labor Day Weekend. Daily cases in Boulder County have not been updated as of 1:52 p.m.

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