There are many types of coronaviruses that cause mild respiratory illness in humans, like the common cold.  COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.  The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.  Symptoms range from mild to severe, but the most severe cases have occurred in the elderly and in those with weak immune systems.  The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-person through respiratory droplets produced when a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. UCHealth is taking proactive measures to protect patients, visitors and health care workers by expanding visitor restrictions and policies at its acute care facilities and ambulatory clinics. While we understand the visitor restrictions are inconvenient, they are to provide an additional layer of protection for everyone. Individuals who are in a UCHealth hospital or clinic to shadow/observe, fall under the category of visitors. 

Until further notice, we are suspending our shadowing/observation programs.

We are aware some of you have been in the process of setting up an EOP or EAO experience. We apologize for any difficulty you may have. Please know we have your safety as well as the safety of others at the forefront of our patient safety plans. We will update this site when UCHealth allows shadowing/observing to resume