Dear St. Catherine Community,
Public health recommendations continue to evolve with increasing numbers of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19. As restrictions ease across the state and locally, and based on the latest CDC and MDH guidance, we are making the following changes to the following campus policies effective immediately. Additional information can also be found in these FAQs, and updated versions of the Preparedness Plan and Faculty Guide will be available this week. We will also be working to update signage across campus.
Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear a mask while on campus or in campus buildings (including classroom and lab settings), with the exception of the Health and Wellness Clinic. Visitors to the clinic are still required to wear a mask.
We encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing their mask, even when vaccinated, to do so.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to continue wearing a mask indoors when in common or shared spaces, while attending in-person classes or labs, and when meeting with others.
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.
Three (3) feet social distancing is still required in classroom and lab settings.
We continue to strongly recommend that those who have not yet been vaccinated do so if able. Appointments can now be scheduled directly at one of the state’s community sites through Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector, and at many pharmacies.
At this time, all other COVID policies and procedures (e.g., daily symptom screening, isolation and quarantine protocols, etc.) remain unchanged. MDH also recommends that we assess vaccination levels within the campus community, so we are asking that all members of our community complete this short, anonymous vaccination survey — even if you have shared this information with us via a previous form — by July 15.
As these changes are made, please remember that some are not able to or will choose not to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, and some who are vaccinated may choose to continue wearing a mask. As an inclusive community, it is important that we continue to respect people’s choices and encourage others to do the same.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our community.
Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Clinic
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion