COVID Community Update — March 29, 2022

Dear St. Catherine Community,

As students return from spring break, we wanted to share a few reminders.

 

Post-Break Testing

We recommend that anyone who traveled during spring break be tested for COVID-19 three to five (3-5) days upon their return. Curative is on-campus most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Room 5 of Coeur de Catherine to provide testing for students, faculty, and staff, and appointments can be scheduled in advance

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should get tested as soon as possible. The Health and Wellness Center offers testing for symptomatic students, and appointments can be scheduled here. Additional testing options are available off campus, including at the state of Minnesota's free Community Testing sites. Testing providers, such as pharmacies and clinics, can also be found through the state’s Find Testing Locations map.

 

Masking Policy

Masks are optional for all fully vaccinated and boosted individuals in most non-academic areas of campus. Signage is being updated across campus to reflect this change. 

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

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. Anyone not able to wear a mask must remain home for 10 days.

Please remember that St. Kate’s will remain a mask-positive campus. While many are ready to remove their masks, some individuals are not or cannot. Please continue to show care, compassion, and grace toward one another, and remember:

  • Everyone should continue to carry a mask with them on campus. 
    • Masks are not required in meetings for individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted, however please be respectful of requests to mask by other participants.
    • If someone asks you to put on a mask in their residence or office, please respect their personal circumstances by complying. 
  • If you feel more comfortable in a mask, please wear one. 
  • If you feel sick, put on a mask and limit your exposure to colleagues and classmates by staying home. 

 

Moving Forward

As we all know, the COVID landscape often changes quickly. We will continue to monitor the latest public health guidance, data, and trends as we make changes to our campus policies and procedures, remaining vigilant and flexible for any new variants that may arise.

 

Sincerely,

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Lauren Peterson, MS, MPAS, PA-C, Director, Health & Wellness Clinic
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion