COVID Community Update — May 31, 2022

Dear St. Catherine Community,

 

As we move into summer session, we are implementing some changes to COVID-related policies and procedures that will hopefully stay with us into the fall. Please see below for details. An updated version of both the Preparedness Plan and Faculty Guide will also be added to the website soon.

 

Policy Changes

Effective June 1, 2022:

  • Masks will become optional in most classrooms for those who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

    • Medical-grade masks will continue to be required in laboratory and simulation settings (including during pre-briefings, activities, and debriefings).

    • There may be some classes where masking remains required. Please continue to carry a mask with you when on campus.

    • Masks will also remain required in select areas of campus, and for those who test positive and choose to return to campus on days 6-10 of their isolation period. Additional details can be found here and in the Preparedness Plan.

    • We continue to encourage anyone who needs to or feels more comfortable wearing a mask to do so. Consistently wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95, KN95) in public indoor settings has been shown to protect against COVID-19 infection, and free N95 respirators are available at select pharmacies.

  • Completion of the Daily Symptom Screening form will no longer be required.

    • Anyone who is not feeling well, regardless of how mild or severe the symptoms, should not come to campus or attend in-person classes or activities.

 

Testing Availability

COVID testing will continue to be available on campus this summer as follows:

  • Health and Wellness Clinic (symptomatic students only) — by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Curative — testing for faculty, staff, and students will be available as follows:

    • Through June 10: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in CDC Room 5

    • June 13 to August 26: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Frey Theater

 

Minnesota’s free community test sites continue to offer rapid antigen and PCR options, and free at-home rapid tests are available from federal and state resources. Testing providers, such as pharmacies and clinics, can also be found through the state’s Find Testing Locations map.

 

Dashboard Information

As the focus of testing has shifted from broader surveillance to more symptomatic or exposure-based, some of the data on our online dashboard is no longer as relevant as it once was. With that in mind, we will be removing some fields and adding a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s community level dashboard during an upcoming page update to provide information that is more useful in determining what mitigation measures may be necessary to limit spread on campus.

 

Ongoing Monitoring

Understanding that situations can change rapidly, please remember that policies and procedures are subject to change based on campus and community data and public health recommendations. We continue to monitor the latest information and will provide updates as needed.

 

 

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