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CU Boulder bans international travel in wake of positive Colorado COVID-19 cases

After Gov. Jared Polis announced Colorado's first two presumptive cases of coronavirus, CU Boulder unveiled a plan banning international travel.

BOULDER, Colo. — University of Colorado Boulder won’t be sending its students internationally any time soon.

In light of the announcement of Colorado’s first two presumptive cases of a new strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19, the university issued an email to students, faculty and staff detailing CU Boulder’s plan of action in regards to the virus. 

In an attempt to limit the possibility of cases of COVID-19 on campus, CU Boulder has suspended “university-sponsored international undergraduate student trips departing from [the] campus for the remainder of the spring semester.”

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This does not impact trips already in progress, and a decision on travel beyond the spring 2020 semester will be made “as the situation develops.” Students and staff can seek travel authorization from the provost, although there are no guarantees.

Those immediately impacted by the travel suspension will be contacted by university sponsors.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on CU Boulder’s campus, although two employees were tested. Of the tests, one came back negative, and the university is waiting on the results for the other.

CU Boulder implemented an emergency operations team to respond to issues concerning COVID-19.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced the presumptive cases during a press conference Thursday. Both cases are waiting for confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But, international travel aside, CU Boulder will “continue operations as long as it is safe to do so.”

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