COVID Community Update — January 6, 2022

Dear St. Catherine Community,

With COVID-19 continuing to impact our day-to-day lives, especially as the Omicron variant takes hold across our country, we recognize that many are feeling anxious. 

We remain in regular contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), staying up-to-date with the latest public health recommendations and information, and continue to monitor campus data and trends. 

At this time, all current policies, procedures, and mitigation measures remain in effect. 

However, in keeping with our commitment to making sure our community is as safe as possible, we are working through the final details to require booster shots for students, staff, and faculty (already part of the University’s vaccine policy) and revising our contact-tracing protocols. 

We also anticipate updated MDH guidance for institutes of higher education related to isolation and quarantine (following the recent changes from the CDC) early next week, so expect an update and additional information soon.

Whether on campus or off, it remains important that we all to do our part to help keep each other healthy and safe, including:

  • Getting a booster when eligible 

    • If you have already received your booster, you may now add that information to the patient portal.

  • Wearing a clean, compliant, well-fitting mask on campus as required, and off-campus as recommended or required

  • Staying home when sick

  • Getting tested if you have symptoms.

 

Testing Options

Curative will again be on campus to provide COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff during J-term and spring semester. Testing will be available in Room 5 of CdC on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled here. Samples will be collected using an anterior nasal swab and results should be available 48-72 hours after the specimen arrives at the lab. Costs will be billed to insurance, so anyone utilizing this testing resources should bring their insurance information.

The Health and Wellness Clinic will also continue to offer testing for students who have COVID symptoms. These appointments, which include an office visit with a provider, can be scheduled via the patient portal and will be billed to insurance.

In addition, the state of Minnesota continues to offer limited free tests at Community Testing sites and via at-home saliva tests. Testing providers, such as pharmacies and clinics, can also be found through the State’s Find Testing Locations map.

 

SRC Leadership Team Update

We are excited to welcome the University’s new director of the Health & Wellness Clinic, Lauren Peterson, MS, MPAS, PA-C, to the Safely Returning to Campus (SRC) leadership team. 

She will be replacing Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, who we cannot thank enough for her remarkable leadership, guidance, and commitment. 

As we begin a new semester, we extend a sincere thank you for your continued partnership, compliance, and support of one another as we enter yet another new phase in the pandemic.

 

Sincerely,

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health & Wellness Clinic
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion