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Daily symptom checker is no more with new COVID-19 reporter

Starting Nov. 4, the feeling of forgetting about something important that lingers at the back of students’ minds is probably a missing assignment, not the Colorado State University daily symptom checker. 

In a Wednesday afternoon email, the Pandemic Preparedness Team announced a COVID-19 reporter that will replace the daily symptom checker for students, faculty and staff at CSU. 

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CSU students, faculty and staff no longer need to fill out the daily symptom checker and no longer need to document for CSU Public Health their daily screening when they are not experiencing symptoms of illness,” the email said. 

“The new tool — the (COVID-19) reporter — focuses on providing a range of reporting options to students, faculty and staff to better serve our community and better inform CSU public health and pandemic officials of concerns.” -The Pandemic Preparedness Team

Now, students, faculty and staff only need to report their symptoms if they have any, and the Pandemic Preparedness Team said they should report symptoms as soon as they experience them, even if they are not going to be on campus that day.

The Pandemic Preparedness Team wrote in an email to The Collegian that students and employees have submitted over 330,000 screenings since they implemented the daily symptom checker and that they receive thousands of reports each week.

“As the University’s response to the pandemic has evolved, the needs served by the previous symptom checker have also changed,” the Pandemic Preparedness Team wrote. “The new tool — the (COVID-19) reporter — focuses on providing a range of reporting options to students, faculty and staff to better serve our community and better inform CSU public health and pandemic officials of concerns.” 

According to the new webpage, CSU community members should also submit a report if they have been in close contact with or live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 themselves or are in the testing process.

The COVID-19 reporter also has a form for reporting COVID-19 public health violations that gets routed to the Student Resolution Center. The form can be used to report any violation of the University’s COVID-19 policy that students, faculty and staff are required to follow while on campus. 

The form requires a date and location of the violation and an explanation of what occurred, along with a designation about the person in alleged violation of the COVID-19 policy, which includes students, University employees or visitors. 

Included with the COVID-19 reporter is an opportunity for CSU community members to report a concern about their work, school or living space.

“Alleviating the previous requirement to check in every day lowers the burden on students, faculty and staff and places the emphasis on reporting when symptoms are present or alerting the University to possible exposures, a positive test at a non-CSU site or other concerns,” the Pandemic Preparedness Team wrote.

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Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb. 

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.
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Katrina Clasen, Design Director
Katrina Clasen is the current design director for The Collegian and is a third-year honors student pursuing a degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in creative writing. This will be her third year working on the design desk at The Collegian after starting as a page designer in 2019 and design editor in 2020. As design director, Clasen oversees and aids the operations of The Collegian's print publication and design production team. She is eager to be leading her desk as the director alongside her incredible new team of designers. As a committed advocate for providing students with opportunities to share their voices, Clasen found her love for design when creating layouts and graphic art for her high school literary and visual arts magazine, The Looking Glass. Now she volunteers her knowledge of design to multiple on-campus magazines with her most recent position being graphic designer and managing editor for CSU's Honors Program Spiritus Mundi. Working alongside industry trailblazers within The Collegian has strengthened Clasen's ambition for innovation and creativity. She works to capture the expression of complex human thought by focusing on creating meaningful experiences through design. She dreams of one day founding her own design firm for creatives to consult and create all in one place. Growing up in Fort Collins, Clasen fell in love with the outdoors and connecting with others outside. She is happiest with her life-long friend and sister Natalya Clasen, cooking and chatting the hours away.

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