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What is the CASES Project?

The COVID-19 Arapahoe SErosurveillance Study (CASES) project aims to measure exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease called COVID-19, in Arapahoe County. The CASES project will be split into two phases. The first round of Phase 1, where we tested Arapahoe County first responders (firefighters, emergency personnel, police officers etc.) for history of SARS-CoV-2 infection through blood tests to measure antibodies to the virus, was completed in August 2020. During phase 2, which will begin September 14, 2020, we will expand our testing to the Arapahoe County general community members. 

The CASES Project is supported by Arapahoe County Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with the Tri-County Health Department.  

CASES Contact Information

If you would like more information about the CASES Project please email us at: CASESProject@cuanschutz.edu or call the CASES Project direct phone line at 720-812-0638. You can also call Dr. Rosemary Rochford, the study principal investigator, at (303) 724-0996. 

To be connected with a broad range of COVID information for providers, businesses, and the public, you can contact the Tri-County Health Department’s COVID-19 call center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 303-220-9200 or by emailing callcenter@tchd.org.

This protocol was approved by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB Protocol # 20-1279). If you have any questions or concerns for them, please call (303) 724-1055. 

CASES Project - Phase 1 (First Responders)

Early reports from China raised concerns that health care workers were at higher risk for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. In the US, it is assumed that First Responders including firefighters, police and emergency medical service employees, similar to healthcare practitioners, are at high risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2. However, little is known about COVID-19 in this population. To ensure the health and safety of First Responders, both at work and in the community, we need to understand the prevalence (the percent of people who were infected with the virus) of SARS-CoV-2 within this population and how that prevalence changes over time. 

During phase 1 we tested Arapahoe County first responders (firefighters, emergency personnel, police officers, etc.) for history of SARS-CoV-2 infection through blood tests to measure antibodies to the virus. Phase 1 will be split into two rounds of testing. The first round of testing was completed in July 2020 and the second round of testing will occur in October 2020. The objectives of phase 1 of the CASES project are to:

  1. Determine a baseline prevalence (the percent of people who were infected with the virus) of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies among first responders in Arapahoe County.
  2. Determine if there is a change in prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among this same population after the transition to the safer-at-home policy.
  3. Compare venous blood draw methods to finger prick methods for detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.  

CASES Project - Phase 2 (Arapahoe County Community)

During Phase 2 of the CASES project we will select random households throughout the county to consider participation. Anyone living in a selected home who over the age of five is eligible to participate. Only individuals contacted to participate in the study will be tested. 

The process will be as follows:

  1. Post cards will be sent to the randomly selected households with a QR (Quick Response) code – used by smart phone cameras, to navigate to our secure website to enroll participants. The post card will also have a web address, email, and phone number for direct enrollment.
  2. Household members who would like to participate can select a date and time when the University of Colorado Sun Bus will be in their neighborhood.
  3. The Sun Bus will park in neighborhoods where participants can come and take a brief survey and provide a finger prick blood sample. Participants will use a lancet (finger prick) to obtain a small drop of their own blood that is then gently dabbed on filter paper and tested.
  4. Participants will receive the results of their finger prick test via phone, email or mail, per the participant’s preference, as soon as they become available, for free.

There will be a second round of testing in the fall when participants may be asked to provide additional finger prick blood samples. During round 2, participants will be mailed a kit with instructions on how to collect a finger prick blood sample on themselves along with supplies similar to what they did in round 1. They will then mail those samples back to UC Denver for testing. We will send participants their results for both rounds of testing.

The Sun Bus will be parked at these addresses on these dates and times for testing.

Date Time Building/Park Address
   
Monday, September 14, 20209am-12pmVaughn Elementary School1155 Vaughn St, Aurora, CO 80011
Monday, September 14, 2020 2pm-5pm Expo Park 10955 E Exposition Ave, Aurora, CO 80012
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9am-12pm Lotus School for Excellence 11001-A E Alameda Ave, Aurora, CO 80012
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2pm-5pm Virigina Court Elementary School 395 S Troy St, Aurora, CO 80012
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9am-12pm Wheeling IB World School 472 S Wheeling St, Aurora, CO 80012
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 2pm-5pm Village East Elementary School 1433 S Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80012
Thursday, September 17, 2020 9am-12pm Pondersosa Elementary School
Utah Park

1885 S Lima St, Aurora, CO 80012

1800 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012

Thursday, September 17, 2020 2pm-5pm Utah Park 1800 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012
Friday, September 18, 2020 9am-12pm

Polton Elementary School

Utah Park

2985 S Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80014

1800 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012

Friday, September 18, 2020 2pm-5pm

Sagebrush Elementary School

Utah Park

14700 E Temple Pl, Aurora, CO 80015

1800 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012

Monday, September 21, 2020 9am-12pm

East Middle School

Triangle Park

1275 Fraser St, Aurora, CO 80011
Monday, September 21, 2020 2pm-5pm

Aurora Sports Park

Triangle Park

18601 E Sports Park Dr, Aurora, CO 80011
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9am-12pm

T. H. Pickens Technical College
Delaney Farm

500 N Airporst Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011

170 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80011

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2pm-5pm

Community College of Aurora
Delaney Farm

16000 E Centre Tech Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80011

170 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80011

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9am-12pm Global Village Academy - East Campus 403 S Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80017
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 2pm-5pm Delaney Farm 170 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80011
Thursday, September 24, 2020 9am-12pm

Side Creek Elementary School

CANCELED

19191 E Iliff Pl, Aurora, CO 80013
Thursday, September 24, 2020 2pm-5pm

Great Plains Park

CANCELED

20100 E Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
Friday, September 25, 2020 9am-12pm

Meadowood Christian School

CANCELED

16051 E Dartmouth Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
Friday, September 25, 2020 2pm-5pm

Aqua Vista Park

CANCELED

18700 E Wagon Trail Cir, Aurora, CO 80015
Monday, September 28, 2020 9am-12pm Peakview School Park 19451 E Progress Cir, Aurora, CO 80015
Monday, September 28, 2020 2pm-5pm Look Out Park 5455 S Riveria Wy, Aurora, CO 80015
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9am-12pm Goodman Metro District 6200 S Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80015
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2pm-5pm Falcon Creek Middle School 6100 S Genoa St, Aurora, CO 80016
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9am-12pm Vista Peak Preparatory 24500 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80018
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2pm-5pm Infinity Middle School 25100 E Belleview Ave, Aurora, CO 80016
Thursday, October 1, 2020 9am-12pm Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park 7500 S Jasper Ct, Centennial, CO 80112
Thursday, October 1, 2020 2pm-5pm Red-tail Hawk Park 23701 E Hinsdale Wy, Aurora, CO 80016
Friday, October 2, 2020 9am-12pm Willow Creek Park 8000 E Phillips, Centennial, CO 80112
Friday, October 2, 2020 2pm-5pm Walnut Hills School Park 8195 E Costilla Blvd, Centennial, CO 80112
Monday, October 5, 2020 9am-12pm Medema Park 4950 E Easter Ave, Centennial, CO 80112
Monday, October 5, 2020 2pm-5pm deKoevend Park 6301 S University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9am-12pm Cornerstone Park 5150 S Windermere St, Littleton, CO 80120
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2pm-5pm Littleton High School 199 E Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121
Thursday, October 8, 2020 9am-12pm John Meade Park Quincy Ave & University Blvd, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Thursday, October 8, 2020 2pm-5pm Curtis Park NW of Orchard Rd & University Blvd, Littleton, CO 80121
Friday, October 9, 2020 9am-12pm Strasburg Metro Parks and Rec 55223 E Bison Dr, Strasburg, CO 80136
Friday, October 9, 2020 2pm-5pm Deer Trail High School 130 S 2nd Ave, Deer Trail, CO 80105

 

 

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