COVID Information & Resources
Campus Updates Sept. 9th: COVID Testing & Face Covering Requirments for Fall Semester
Otero College is extending its face-covering mandate indefinitely and asks that all faculty, staff and students wear face coverings for indoor group settings and when in close proximity to others. As students from across the country and across the world have made their way back to campus, we are taking extra precautions to ensure that our campus remains safe, preventing any possible transmission of COVID.
According to Otero Public Health Department, 70% vaccination is considered herd immunity. If the campus community is able to meet the herd immunity threshold of 70%, Otero College will lift the mandate. Otero College strongly encourages those who have not been vaccinated to do so, with the hope of reducing restrictions, while maintaining a safe environment for our campus community.
Otero College continually monitors the information coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Colorado Governor's Office and the Otero County Health Department.
COVID Community Symptom Testing:
Every Wednesday throughout the semester, beginning 8/18
COVID-19 Weekly Status Update In Our Community
- CDPHE currently has Otero County categorized as meeting the Yellow level threshold. (COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates)
- The pandemic is not yet over, so we still must maintain a vigilant and proactive stance by abiding by Yellow Level Caution guidance.
- Otero is not in an Outbreak Status with any athletic teams or other campus cohorts.
- According to the Colorado Public Health & Environment Department, on September 21, 2021, Otero County had 2281 positive cases of COVID-19 and which included 71 deaths; Crowley County had 2263 positive cases (97 in Crowley County Correctional Facility) and included 18 deaths. Total Crowley and Otero County COVID-19 cases: 4544
- Increase of 60 positive cases from the week before.
(Cumulative summary of positive cases since March 2020)
The CARES Act is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Higher Education. OJC was awarded funds that were required to be used only as direct grants to students to provide emergency relief aid for hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic as they look to continue their education.