Colorado College is asking students to stay off campus until mid-April amid the spread of the new coronavirus. The school announced Tuesday that it is extending its spring break by one week and will resume classes using distance learning.
College officials will continue to monitor the situation and may close campus for the rest of the academic year.
The measure comes as the state continues to see an increase in the spread of COVID-19, with 17 presumptive positive cases around Colorado as of Tuesday afternoon. One of those cases is in El Paso County.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning that he says will allow him to take measures to ease the spread of the virus and limit economic disruption.
Polis says he's directed the state to pursue financial measures to make it easier for service and state employees to stay home if they get sick. He is also seeking more testing capacity.
Colorado College is KRCC's licensee.The Associated Press contributed to this report.