Community Update — October 7, 2021

Dear St. Catherine Community,

We are nearly a month into the academic year and while there have been cases of COVID-19 within our community, we have not seen any clusters and believe most infections are occurring from off-campus exposures. 

Our mitigation measures — including vaccination (rates are currently at 97 percent for both employees and students), masking, symptom screening, and preventative testing — continue to be effective in limiting spread of the virus, but with cold and flu season beginning it is even more important that we continue to take care of ourselves and others. 

Throughout the past few weeks, we have received a variety of questions related to COVID policies and procedures. We’ve highlighted some information below, and additional details and information can always be found on the website and in the Preparedness Plan.

 

Mitigation Measures

  • Masks are still required indoors in common and shared spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Masks should include at least two layers, fit snugly, and completely cover your nose and mouth.

    • Those participating in clinical simulation labs are required to wear a medical-grade mask (provided by the University) during lab sessions.

  • All faculty, staff, and students must complete the Daily Symptom Screen (via the LiveSafe app or online form) before coming to campus or leaving on-campus housing.

    • A green checkmark indicates that you are clear to come to campus and/or attend class.

    • A red X means that you should not come to campus or leave campus housing, notify your faculty and/or supervisor, and get tested for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status).

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. 

    • This is especially important as we enter the cold and flu season. While COVID-19 remains a concern, there are many other illnesses circulating, as well.

  • Get tested if you have symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

    • On-campus saliva PCR testing is available to all faculty, staff, and students.

    • Appointments are available Monday through Friday, either in the Health and Wellness Clinic (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) or Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine (most Wednesdays and Fridays).

 

Positive Cases

  • Any faculty, staff, or student who tests positive for COVID-19 must complete the Diagnosis Notification Form as soon as possible.

    • The COVID Response and Management Team will connect with you upon receipt of the form.

  • Case data can be found on our online Dashboard, which is updated each Thursday.

 

Close Contacts

  • Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case on campus will be notified by the COVID Response and Management Team.

    • Unvaccinated close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for a specific period of time.

    • Vaccinated close contacts will be provided with monitoring and testing instructions, but are not required to quarantine.

  • If you are not contacted by the COVID Response Team, you have not been identified as a close contact and do not need to quarantine and/or test.

    • A close contact is someone who has been within six-feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.

    • Simply being in a classroom with a positive case does not mean you are a close contact and need to quarantine and/or test. Seating charts are required for each class period to help identify close contacts if a positive case is identified in a classroom.

 

Thank you for your partnership as we continue to navigate this pandemic. If you have questions related to COVID-19 that aren’t answered on the website or in the Preparedness Plan, please email healthresponse@stkate.edu

 

Sincerely,

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