COVID Community Update — May 6, 2021

Dear St. Catherine Community,

As we approach the end of the semester, we want to thank you for everything you have done to keep our community safe this year. Whether you were on campus or remote, you played an important role in protecting the health and safety of those around you.

Per Governor Walz’s announcement earlier today, Minnesota is headed in a positive direction, and cases within our campus community have remained low in the past weeks, even as more students, faculty, and staff returned to campus after spring break. Our mitigation measures continue to prove effective, so please keep:

  • Completing the Daily Symptom Screening online or via the LiveSafe app

  • Wearing a mask that includes at least two layers, completely covers the nose and mouth, and fits snugly

  • Maintaining social distance

  • Limiting contacts

  • Washing hands

  • Staying home when sick

 

Vaccines

As we look forward to welcoming our community back to campus more fully in the fall, we know that COVID-19 vaccination will be an important part of that process. We continue to strongly recommend that all those who are able to get vaccinated do so. 

When fully vaccinated, people are able to more safely gather without masking or social distancing, and do not need to quarantine following an exposure (unless symptomatic). The latest guidance for vaccinated individuals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here. Please remember that for now, however, ALL individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will need to continue following the mitigation measures and University policies when on campus. 

 

Scheduling Second Doses 

If you received your first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine during one of our recent on-campus clinics, see below for information about scheduling your second appointment. Getting both doses is important, as it provides you with the fullest protection against COVID-19.  

  • If you received your first dose of the Moderna vaccine on April 22: Your second dose will be administered on-campus on Thursday, May 20, in the CDC 3rd Floor Ballroom, and you should have scheduled your appointment on-site following your first dose. Please remember to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you. If you have questions about your second dose, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 651-690-6714 or healthwellness@stkate.edu.

  • If you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on April 26 or 27: Hy-Vee will be back to administer the second dose on Tuesday, May 18, from 1-6 p.m. in the CDC 3rd Floor Ballroom. Those who received their first dose on campus during the clinics on April 26 or 27 should schedule their second dose here. Please remember to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you. For questions, please contact Hy-Vee at 952-228-2550.

 

Availability

Individuals still looking for an appointment can now schedule directly at one of the state’s community sites through Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector. Many pharmacies are also offering vaccination appointments; additional information can be found on their websites.

 

Reporting

While not required, we encourage all members of the St. Kate’s community to let us know when they are fully vaccinated by completing the COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form or entering the information in the Health and Wellness Clinic’s patient portal. This information will help as we plan for the months ahead.

 

Butler Center

We are excited to announce plans to move forward with the next phase of reopening the Butler Center. Beginning June 1, the facility will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. We plan to reopen the locker rooms and provide some limited access to the pool at that time, as well. Additional details will be provided via email later this month.

 

Thank you for your continued commitment to our community.

 

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
Lynda Szymanski, PhD, Associate Provost