Chancellor's Communique

Opt In: "Add Your Phone" to Help Fight COVID-19, 10-29-20

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

New COVID-19 exposure notification technology is now available in Colorado. This tool represents an important development in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus. We hope you’ll take a moment to learn about its benefits, and we encourage your participation.

Exposure notifications are a digital supplement to contact tracing, allowing people to quickly and accurately know if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 by proximity to an individual who tested positive. 

Research has shown that participation in exposure notification systems has protective benefits and can slow the spread of COVID-19.

How do exposure notifications work?

Once you have opted into the system, when you are within six feet of someone for a minimum of 10 minutes both phones will exchange information in the form of anonymous digital tokens. 

More information on how the process works and frequently asked questions can be found on the State of Colorado’s website for exposure notification.

How do I participate?

To start using exposure notifications, ensure you have the latest software updates for your Apple or Android smartphone. Once updated, there will be an exposure notification section in your phone’s settings. Navigating here will give you the opportunity to opt in to the system as well as select the State of Colorado as your local public health authority.

Both the exposure notification software on your smartphone and the state’s app are voluntary and opt in systems, meaning you must manually turn them on.

What should I do as a CU Anschutz community member if I receive an exposure notification?

Please monitor for any push notifications for potential COVID-19 exposure. If you do receive an exposure notification, follow the CU Anschutz self reporting guidance found on

In other words, following a potential positive COVID-19 exposure: 
  • Self report via the CU Anschutz campus form
  • Get tested for COVID-19
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, upload your results to the exposure notification system

Our campus knows well that innovation and technology can truly benefit the health of a community.

We’ve been able to allow more people to return to working and learning on campus thanks to your participation and adherence to our COVID-19 protocols. 

This exposure notification program is another tool in our toolbox to help effectively contain the virus, and keep our campus safe and healthy. 

We encourage you to ensure your smartphone software is up to date and to opt in to the state’s exposure notification app when you receive notification of its availability. 

Thank you for helping keep #CUAnschutzTogether.


Don Elliman


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