COVID-19 Dashboard

St. Catherine University is actively monitoring COVID-19 cases within the community and coordinating closely with public health officials to make informed decisions related to our campus policies and procedures. 

Ramsey County is currently at a medium COVID-19 community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicating that individuals who are at high risk for severe illness and/or immunocompromised should consider masking when indoors.

Current Case Data

Last updated: June 28, 2022

Positive cases reported from  June 11, 2022 - June 17, 2022 4 Green
Testing capacity and PPE Adequate Green
Capacity for isolation on campus 75-100% Green
Vaccination rate—Employees 97%*  
Vaccination rate—Students 97%*  
Positive cases since August 15, 2020—TOTAL 788  
Positive cases since August 15, 2020—Employees 150  
Positive cases since August 15, 2020—Students 638  

*Rates as of Fall 2021 semester; updates to come as booster shot compliance data is added

Decisions related to increasing or limiting campus activity will be data-driven and take into account a wide range of factors. The following chart outlines some of the key factors that would cause us to change course, and some of the possible increased mitigation measures that may be implemented.

Level Green Yellow Orange Red
Campus Status Campus Open Campus open with few limitations on in-person activities Campus open with very limited in-person activities Campus closed
Community Spread and Risk Level

Limited evidence of community spread on campus/limited risk of COVID-19

Unlimited testing capacity

Isolation and quarantine rooms available as needed

Low community spread in surrounding county

No significant increase in campus cases

Sufficient testing capacity 

Adequate capacity for isolation and quarantine

Moderate community spread in surrounding county

 

Significant increase in campus cases 

Limited testing capacity

Limited capacity for isolation and quarantine

Substantial or high community spread in surrounding county

Campus case data/trends not improving

State/governor implements strict stay-at-home order

Mitigation Measures

Vaccination requirement for all students, faculty and staff

Masks optional

All courses in-person

Fully engaged athletic teams

General health guidelines followed

Vaccination requirement for all students, faculty and staff

Daily self-screening and symptom check

Mask requirement for indoor spaces

Surveillance testing for individuals with an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption

All courses in person

Common spaces open

Athletics practice/competition with additional mitigation measures in place as directed by the NCAA and/or MIAC

Regular contact with public health representatives

Offices and departments open in person

Vaccination requirement for all students, faculty and staff

Daily self-screening and symptom check

Mask requirement for indoor spaces

Surveillance testing for individuals with an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption

No indoor, in-person co-curricular events

Potential move to hybrid or virtual learning

Limits on dining options and eating and/or drinking during meetings/ gatherings

Common spaces closed

Meetings move to virtual formats

Potential social distancing requirements

Offices and departments scale back in-person staffing

Guest restrictions

Potential changes to athletics practice/competition

All courses online

Only essential employees on campus

Residence halls closed

 

Case Notification Process

Case data above is updated on a weekly basis. 

The University will follow all best practices for COVID-19 notification, including following laws and health guidelines to ensure privacy and confidentiality. The notification process will be managed through the COVID-19 Response and Management Team, as outlined in the Preparedness Plan.

  • All St. Kate’s faculty, staff, and students are required to self-report if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 via the COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form.
    • This information is confidential and goes to the Health and Wellness Clinic and the COVID-19 Response and Management Team.
    • Health provider members of the COVID-19 Response and Management Team will work with students who test positive for COVID-19.
    • Human Resources will work with employees who test positive for COVID-19.
  • The online COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form requests information relevant to contact tracing and University cleaning needs. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff who undergo testing in the Health and Wellness Clinic will sign a release of information allowing test results to be forwarded to the COVID-19 Management and Support Team.

Once a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the University will act promptly to mitigate virus spread. 

The COVID-19 Response and Management Team will:

  • Contact the case (person) to conduct a review of potential close contacts related to the St. Kate’s community.
  • Instruct the case to notify and/or help the case notify close contacts on campus.
    • All unvaccinated close contacts – or individuals who are eligible for but have not yet received their booster – are required to self-quarantine for five (5) days from last known contact with a positive case.
    • Individuals who have had close contact with a positive case and have had a positive COVID test in the past 90 days do not need to quarantine. If the positive test was more than 90 days ago, quarantine may be required.
    • Individuals who have had close contact with a positive case and who are fully vaccinated (including a booster) do not need to quarantine. However, with the spread of the Omicron variant and breakthrough cases, and in accordance with current MDH recommendations, close contacts who are fully vaccinated should be tested five (5) days after contact with the confirmed case.
  • Individuals who have not had close contact (being within six (6) feet of the case for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but who have been in the same area or classroom are not required to self-quarantine.
  • Provide the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and other impacted individuals with information related to required self-isolation or self-quarantine.
  • Follow-up with the case (person) for symptom monitoring and changing support needs.
  • Provide additional support to students as needed during quarantine (e.g., academics, food, medicines).
  • Consult with MDH regarding the need for any additional notices to the local campus community.
  • Work with Facilities to determine the need for additional cleaning and disinfection.