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:
    • Effective March 28, 2022, masks are optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals in most non-academic settings on campus.

    • Masks continue to be required for everyone  — regardless of vaccination status — in the following locations:

      • Indoor classroom and lab settings
      • Health and Wellness Center
      • University vehicles (when traveling with others)
      • The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
      • The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
      • Early Childhood Center
    • Masks also remain required for those who test positive for COVID-19 and choose to return to campus on days 6-10 of their isolation period (as outlined in the Preparedness Plan). Anyone not able to wear a mask must remain home for 10 days.
    • Additional details can be found here.
  • 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.

  • Classroom Policies: Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms or laboratories.
  • 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. 

Quarantine

Anyone identified as a close contact (someone who has spent a total of 15 or more minutes within six (6) feet of an infected person over the course of 24 hours) will be required to quarantine if they:

  • Are eligible for, but have not yet received their COVID-19 booster dose.

  • Have received an approved exemption to the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement and are not vaccinated or boosted.

Individuals who need to quarantine should:

  • Stay home and away from others for at least five days (day 0 through 5) after their last contact with the positive case. The day of last exposure is considered day 0. 

  • Monitor for symptoms for a full 10 days following exposure. Anyone developing symptoms during this time should be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and isolate until results are received.

  • Get tested at least five days following the date of exposure if asymptomatic.

    • If the results are negative, you can return to campus. All individuals leaving quarantine between day five and day 10 are required to wear a well-fitting mask when around others or in public.

    • If the results are positive, you will need to isolate for at least five days. See below for details.

    • If you are unable to test, you can return to campus after five days as long as you are asymptomatic. All individuals leaving quarantine between day five and day 10 are required to wear a well-fitting mask when around others or in public.

  • Avoid places where they are unable to wear a mask and avoid eating around others for a full 10 days following exposure.

Isolation

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination or booster status and whether or not they have symptoms, will need to isolate for at least five (5) days.

  • The day the test is conducted is considered day 0. 

  • Individuals who never develop symptoms may end isolation after day 5, but must wear a well-fitting mask when around others or in public for an additional five days.

  • Individuals who are symptomatic may exit isolation after:

    • At least five days have passed since their positive test, and

    • They are fever-free for 24 hours without medication, and 

    • All other symptoms have improved.

  • They must wear a well-fitting mask when around others or in public until a full 10 days have passed.

  • Individuals should avoid places where they are unable to wear a mask and avoid eating around others for a full 10 days after testing positive.

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