COVID Community Update — March 7, 2022

Dear St. Catherine Community,

Similar to what we have seen across the state, after an uptick in cases among members of our campus community during the Omicron surge, case data has been trending down since the start of spring semester. While this is exciting news, we ask for your ongoing cooperation and support over the coming weeks as we continue to monitor data and recommendations. 

 

Guidance on Masks

We recognize that everyone on campus, particularly our students, has been extraordinary at maintaining our mask guidelines and keeping one another safe. Yet, we realize that for some, this has also increased levels of fatigue and stress. 

Many of you are likely experiencing gradual changes in masking policies across your community. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued updated masking guidance, and stores, performance venues, workplaces, and other colleges and universities are beginning to shift their policies. 

We anticipate announcing changes to our masking policy for vaccinated and boosted individuals in the coming weeks, based on ongoing assessment of Ramsey county data, specifically data that continue to show consistently “green” areas of low community risk.  

Please note that any changes to our mask policy will have exceptions that will still require masking by all individuals in certain areas of campus. In addition, if our case data and/or community risk increases, any decision on masking will likely be delayed. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to review the latest guidance and recommendations from national and local public health agencies.

 

Reporting Booster Doses

If you haven’t already, please be sure to add your booster dose information to the patient portal.

 

Dashboard Updates

We have made some changes and updates to the COVID-19 Dashboard level descriptions to make them easier to follow and reflective of the latest guidelines and recommendations. As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, changes to policies and procedures are informed by a comprehensive set of data points rather than one single item.

 

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to keeping each other healthy and safe.

 

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