Health, Wellness, and Prevention
Following established guidelines for health and safety is a key factor in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus and throughout our community. Current information about its impact on campus can be found on our COVID-19 Dashboard.
In accordance with state, MDH, and ACHA guidelines, as well as recommendations by the Safely Returning to Campus Committee, the following health and wellness policies have been implemented:
- Daily Symptom Screening: All faculty, staff, and students must complete the Daily Symptom Self Check via the LiveSafe app or online form each day prior to coming to campus. Resident students should complete the form every day.
- Mask Requirement: As part of Phase 1, the University implemented a mask requirement for all students, faculty, staff, and approved visitors to campus. This requirement continues through Phase 2 and the spring 2021 semester. Additionally, as of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. Workers are also required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- All faculty, staff, and students must wear a face covering or mask when in buildings on campus and while in common or shared spaces.
- Students and faculty participating in face-to-face courses are required to wear medical masks in the classroom or lab; face shields are also required when social distancing is not possible.
- Those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons will need to seek an accommodation.
- Students can request an accommodation through Disability Services
- Employees can request an accommodation through Human Resources.
- Social Distancing: Public health best practices have found that social distancing is an important method for limiting close face-to-face contact with others and reducing the spread of COVID-19. All students, faculty, and staff must adhere to social distance recommendations of six (6) feet between people.
- For Tier One and Tier Two courses in which social distancing is not always possible, partners should be assigned to minimize close contacts, and students and faculty will have temperature screening in addition to the Daily Symptom Self Check.
- Visitors Policy: Visitors are not allowed on campus. This includes family of faculty and staff (e.g., spouses, children) and friends or family of student residents.
- Non-approved visitors will be asked to leave.
- In those instances where business-critical in-person visits must occur, such as to allow equipment or facilities to remain operational, all visitors (contractors, repair people) must complete a Visitor Health Screening Checklist.
Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine
On-campus testing is available for all students, faculty, and staff by appointment. For information about saliva PCR testing, click here.
Our current testing plan is supported by MDH and is subject to change based on recommendations from MDH and/or the availability of testing supplies. The Health and Wellness Clinic is stressing the importance of testing for anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 OR who is asymptomatic with a known exposure.
Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation and quarantine will be implemented to help treat those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who have been in contact with or identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and limit the spread to others in our community.
- Any member of the St. Kate’s community who is diagnosed with COVID-19 is expected to self-isolate and follow MDH guidelines. Individuals should work with their medical provider to determine when they are able to return to campus or the classroom.
- All members of the St. Kate’s community should comply with recommendations to stay home and self-quarantine if feeling sick OR if they have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
- Fourteen (14) days of self-quarantine is required for any student or employee who has had close contact (being closer than six (6) feet for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- People in quarantine may be directed to be tested for COVID-19 to determine if they are positive but asymptomatic. Even if you test negative, you will need to complete a full 14 days of quarantine. You cannot test out of quarantine.
- Students are strongly encouraged to self-isolate or self-quarantine at home, however space has been set aside in residence halls and a coordinated care protocol has been established for those who must remain on campus.
- Employees needing to self-isolate or self-quarantine will be supported by Human Resources to work remotely to the degree they are able. Individuals not able to work remotely due to the nature of their work may use accrued sick or vacation time during quarantine.
- Per MDH guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 as long as it has been at least 14 days after their final dose and they are not showing symptoms.
All St. Kate’s faculty, staff, and students are required to self-report if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The University will follow all best practices for COVID-19 notification, including following laws and health guidelines to ensure privacy and confidentiality.