Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

University Updates on COVID-19

COVID-19 Update from St. Catherine University

While we are working and attending classes remotely, the University remains open and operational.

Latest Community Updates

The Minnesota Department of Health is indicating that if you were involved in protests, vigils, or neighborhood clean-up, or other events with a lot of people, you may be at increased risk for COVID-19.  

MDH is recommending that you get tested for COVID-19 right away if you have any symptoms. If you do not feel sick, it's best to wait at least 5 days after the event before getting tested. If your test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick.

See COVID-19 Testing in Minnesota for more information, including testing locations specifically designed to serve those who live in most impacted neighborhoods and the immediate surrounding community.

Maintaining an Inclusive Community

We know and understand this is a very emotionally taxing time for many of us. This also reinforces our need to support one another and keep our community strong. We must not allow our fears to cause us to assign blame to any person or group of people based on their skin color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, or home country. Harassment, xenophobia, and racism based on COVID-19 or other situations are contradictory to our St. Catherine values, are not acceptable, and will not be tolerated.

If anyone experiences harassment or discrimination, you can report it to Human Resources at hr@stkate.edu or online. We take this very seriously, and will take all appropriate action.

St. Catherine University Harassment, Discrimination, General Harassment and Bullying Policy

St. Catherine University Student Code of Conduct and Community Expectations  

Guidance from Health Authorities

St. Catherine University is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American College Health Association.

This page provides updates relevant to the St. Kate's community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty, and staff. The content will be continually updated as new information becomes available. For up-to-date information and numbers on the COVID-19 situation, visit the MDH Situation Update webpage.

For questions related to COVID-19, please contact us at healthresponse@stkate.edu.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 AND develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Fairview Health Services has an online system to evaluate and direct people with concerns that they may be ill with COVID-19. Please be aware that in Minnesota there is a shortage of tests for COVID-19 and only patients who are seriously ill or hospitalized or are healthcare workers are currently being tested.  The CDC provides guidance on how to care for yourself if you are sick.

Other Resources

Some Internet providers are offering free or low-cost options to help alleviate financial burdens. Updated 3/18/20

  • Comcast is offering two months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers, available to all qualified low-income households. More on Comcast's Internet Essentials
  •  Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit wifi.xfinity.com. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. More on Xfinity's COVID-19 response
  • CenturyLink offers Lifeline, a low-cost telephone and Internet service for qualifying low-income households. More on Century Link's Lifeline

Page last updated July 2, 2020