COVID-19 Response — Health and Safety

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:
    • Everyone -- regardless of vaccination status -- will be required to wear a mask indoors in common or shared areas while on campus. Additional information can be found here.

    • Those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons will need to seek an accommodation.
      • Students can request an accommodation through Student Accessibility & Accommodations
      • Employees can request an accommodation through Human Resources.
  • Social Distancing:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to follow social distancing guidelines.

    • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to maintain a six (6) foot social distance between themselves and others.

  • Visitors Policy: Visitors will be allowed on campus, however must be accompanied by a St. Kate’s community member and follow all campus policies and procedures. Buildings will remain locked and accessible by keycard only.

Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine

Testing

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.

Is It COVID-19?

Off-campus testing locations

MDH community testing information

MDH saliva testing information

MDH at-home saliva testing information

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. 
    • A self-quarantine is required for any unvaccinated student or employee who has had close contact (being within six (6) feet of the case for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
      • If the contact was a household member, a 14-day quarantine is required.
      • Non-household contacts will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
    • Individuals who have had close contact with a positive case and are more than 14 days from their last required dose of vaccine do not need to quarantine.
      • However, with the spread of the Delta variant and breakthrough cases, and in accordance with current MDH recommendations, we will require close contacts who are fully vaccinated to be tested three to five (3-5) days after contact with the confirmed case, and submit these results to the COVID-19 Response & Management Team at katiecovidresponse@stkate.edu.
    • 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 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.

Learn more about the difference between isolation and quarantine

Diagnosis Notification

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. 

COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form

Mental Health Resources

Understanding that physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected, below are resources for additional health and wellness support.

Health and Wellness Center

Counseling Center

CDC resources