Communication on COVID-19

To read a blog post from RMBL’s Director Ian Billick on COVID-19 and RMBL, click here.

For the latest updates on the local situation in Gunnison County, please visit this page on the Gunnsion County website.

To read a list of FAQs for scientists, click here. 

To read a list of FAQs for our summer Education/REU program, click here.

As of 3/11/20, the Colorado Governor’s office is recommending that travelers over 60 years of age and those with underlying health issues avoid nonessential travel to mountain resort towns in Colorado.  This is primarily due to the limited capacity of mountain community health systems to handle a surge demand for their services.

We value safety and welfare at RMBL.   We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and will post updates here as we learn more and as is appropriate.  Because of how dynamic the situation is, and our desire to minimize disruption to summer planning, for 2020 we will waive  RMBL’s cancellation fees for any RMBL community members impacted by the COVID-19 virus, including but not limited to situations in which individuals cancel visits or shorten stays because of sickness, and/or because of travel policies (e.g., colleges or universities limiting travel), travel advisories issued by governments, or cancellation of flights or other forms of travel).

As we plan for any potential impact to the research season and assess the risk to the RMBL community, we are looking to the following sources for guidance: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Colorado Department of Health, the Gunnison Valley Hospital and the Gunnison County Health and Human Services Department. 

To find the most up-to-date information about any reported cases in Colorado, please visit the Colorado Department of Health’s website:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus 

To learn more about COVID-19 and the current situation in the United States, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

As summer approaches we will continue to communicate what the situation looks like locally, as well as whether we have adopted any further responses to the coronavirus.  We will post subsequent updates on the RMBL website and the PI Listserv. 

If you have any questions or concerns, including clarification about this change to our cancellation policy, please contact Kelly Sudderth, RMBL’s Chief Operating Officer, at kelly@rmbl.org or (970) 349-7736.